New signs to recognize progress for the disabled

Oct 24, 2016

Proposed update to the handicapped sign in Evansville
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Officials are celebrating a new sign in Evansville while working to change another: the familiar “handicapped” sign. 

Evansville and disability leaders gathered at Old National Bank to celebrate the planned addition to the city’s welcome sign touting Evansville as an “ability city” in Indiana.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told the crowd that the city is becoming more inclusive in many ways.

Officials would also like to change the well-known handicapped sign showing a figure in a wheelchair.

Karla Horrell of the Evansville Association for the Blind and Ability Indiana tells WNIN that the new sign shows the person leaning forward, like an Olympian.

You can sign a petition for the new handicapped sign at

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke signs an online petition to change the current "handicapped" sign during a news conference at Old National Bank's headquarters.
Credit John Gibson

Sign to be added to Evansville's welcome signs
Credit John Gibson