NY to change signs for disabled access

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to revise New York’s signs showing access points for disabled individuals.

The measure calls for removing the word “handicapped” from replacement or new signs, while using an updated wheelchair logo suggesting mobility, both intended to help remove any stigma attached to the designations.

The measure also marks the 24th anniversary of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, a major legal change intended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a disability.

Cuomo says the sign change a step “toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility” and eliminating the stigma for one million New Yorkers.

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