Monday, October 19, 2015

Move Underway to Update the Handicap Symbol

Editorial: Change To Livelier Handicapped Sign WelcomeWe're all familiar with the handicap symbol. Well, it's getting an update that emphasizes ability rather than disability.

The Harford Courant says the changes started as a street art project  and gained momentum. Even so, some aren't comfortable changing the symbol that has become so well known over the past 40 years and acceptance has been slow.

New York adopted it last year, and Connecticut could soon become the second state to do so. Other cities around the country including Phoenix and El Paso, Texas, are also on board.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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