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Handicap Logo: Moving Ahead

ADAlogoSeeing wheelchairs tool around towns and campuses is not an uncommon sight today. But when I was a child, it was something you rarely saw.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Public elevators, curb-less street crossings, and ergonomic devices are some evidence of this landmark decision that attempted to even the playing field for those with physical challenges.


There is a movement  to redo the original 1968 American with Disabilities logo. The old logo is a static portrayal of someone, not actively engaged, sitting in a wheelchair. The new ADA logo actively portrays someone engaged with his or her chair. The 5 major changes are noted. ADAlogoNEW

This new logo change represents a huge cultural shift, recognizing  there is more than one we as humans humans navigate.

How we view those who may physically be different from ourselves matters. The new logo attempts to change perception.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADA! Let’s keep rockin’ n rollin’.




About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

4 responses »

  1. I remember my physical therapist asking my thoughts on a logo or a phrase for a positive approach to being handicapped. My mind went blank. There was a contest and someone with intuition and brains won it. Love this change. We are making progress, Beth

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Beth, I agree change of perception is vital. Adopted in New York already. And even in European destinations. Hoping momentum will have it in our own home states.

  3. So cool to know this! Love the new logo!

  4. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Mag, Glad you do. It may seem a small step but it has huge implications.

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