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New Accessibility Parking Signs Set for SUNY Plattsburgh Campus

New accessibility parking signs replacing the word “handicapped” with “reserved parking” will soon be installed on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.

The 70 signs will display a new, more active image of an individual using a device for mobility designed by the Massachusetts-based Accessible Icon Project. 

“The days of ‘handicapped parking’ will be gone,” said Dr. Michele Carpentier, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of special programs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in July requiring all signs for parking spaces designated for accessibility replace the word “handicapped” with “reserved parking.” The measure was signed on the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“New York has long been a leader when it comes to fighting discrimination to protect New Yorkers, including people with disabilities,” Cuomo said. “This is an important step toward correcting society’s understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than one million New Yorkers.”

The SUNY Plattsburgh signs are being donated by MyParkingSign of Brooklyn, N.Y.

“MyParkingSign is proud to live and work in the first state that's adopted a new, less passive version of the international symbol of accessibility,” said Conrad Lumm, the company’s marketing director.

Signs will be installed on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus over the next few weeks. 

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