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Push to update handicapped parking sign reaches state lawmakers

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HARTFORD — There’s a coalition of people who are fighting to change handicapped parking signs.

From the word to the symbol, they’re calling it “outdated.”

Tuesday at 11 a.m. advocates along with state lawmakers will hold a press conference discussing possible changes in store for the state.

The push is coming from The Arc of Farmington Valley, leaders with the nonprofit say the core of the issue isn’t about changing a sign but changing public perception.

The logo would depict a person who is active in a wheelchair and not sitting stationary..

There would also be a change in the wording, from “handicapped” to “reserved.”

In order to change the signs it would require modification of state law.

To make it budget friendly the new logo would only be applied to signs that need to be replaced or new ones that need to be installed.

A petition started by The Arc of Farmington Valley has garnered more than 1,200 signatures.

Last summer New York adopted the new signs and this year Phoenix, Arizona unveiled new signs as well.