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Ohio Scraps Plans To Change Handicap Accessibility Logo

Mike Mozart

Plans to change the logo the state uses on handicap accessible signs are on hold after a warning from the federal government.

The transportation budget that went into effect this month requires the Ohio Department of Transportation to use a new logo.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yukosaid the current accessibility logo is of a person sitting in a wheelchair, waiting for someone to push him or her. Ohio lawmakers agreed to switch to a new logo that depicts a more dynamic character. 

“He’s leaning forward in the wheelchair, and he’s got hands on the wheel like he is capable of moving himself,” Yuko said about the new logo.

But the Federal Highway Administration warns that changing the logo could affect funding it provides the state.

Lawmakers plan to add something to the operating budget. And Yuko said he will try to get Ohio’s U.S. Senators to take up the issue.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.