If this logo seems familiar, it's because it was designed by Sara Hendren, who generously furnished an early version that we use on our website. We blogged about it before. Personally. I like the orange version.
Sara, a Harvard graduate student, has a fascinating blog at ablersite.org, where she writes about "art, adaptive technologies and prosthetics". Sara has long advocated for a more positive version of the wheelchair logo.
With friends from a small college in Massachusetts, Sara has now achieved a breakthrough. The UN is interested, and the City of New York plans to use the symbol widely. This is all reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
This would be a welcome change in Halifax, where the depressingly inanimate wheelchair symbol is ubiquitous. It reflects such a patronizing view of disability - dependent and static - while the truth is that people with disabilities value independence as much as anyone.