Gov. Malloy signs legislation to modernize accessible parking signs

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy visited Favarh in Canton to sign legislation to modernize accessibility signs, helping to improve the public image of people who need accessible parking or restrooms. Seated from left are Jonathan Slifka, the governor’s liaison to the disability community; Gov. Malloy; and Todd Theriault, one of the two Favarh self-advocates who were instrumental in developing the modernization concept. Standing from left are Morna Murray, commissioner of the state Department of Developmental Services; State Rep. Mike Demicco of Farmington; Augusto Russell, president of the Favarh Board of Directors; Dan Fiorentino, son of Tom Fiorentino, co-chair of the Governor’s Working Group on the Residential Waiting List; Lauren Traceski, the other Favarh self-advocate responsible for the sign concept; Favarh Executive Director Stephen E. Morris; and State Sen. Kevin Witkos of Canton. Photo Credit: James Seddon

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation to modernize accessible parking signs on Wednesday.

They will no longer be referred to as “handicapped” parking signs but instead “reserved parking.” The modernization comes to emphasize the capabilities of people.

“Connecticut for decades has been at the forefront in fighting discrimination against persons with disabilities, and adopting this modernized symbol and updated language is a simple step that can go a long way towards changing attitudes and raising awareness,” Governor Malloy said.

 

The sign will change from a person in a wheel chair to a person leaning forward in a wheelchair.

6.29 new handicapped signs

 

There will be no additional cost for the new signs. They will be required only for new construction or for worn-out signs that need to be replaced.

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