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December 10th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Changing a symbol?

Some changes have been proposed to the International Symbol of Accessibility (what's commonly called the "handicap symbol").  After watching the story in Wednesday's show, we'd love to get your thoughts on it:  Should the symbol be changed?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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  1. Jayson

    No, because I like the way the handicap symbol is, and the new one just looks like a person with an implanted circle...

    December 10, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Dylan

      I think it should. If you were a little kid and you saw the sign, you would think all handicapped people were like that. This one shows that not only that they have an injury, but that they're athletic, too.

      December 13, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
  2. Emily

    i think it's wonderful that they want people to look at those with a disability differently, but i don't think it is really necessary to change the symbol

    December 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  3. Tate

    I think the symbol is as good as it is and it is a good resemblelence

    December 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
  4. lilly

    It does not really matter because the are meant for the same thing but it can be changed and they can keep half of the regular handicap signs.

    December 11, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  5. richard

    I think that they should change the sign. Because it is saying to me that handicaped people are active not all let that stop them.

    December 11, 2013 at 9:43 am |
  6. RIley

    I think they should change it because it shows as people being more active then just siting the wheel chair

    December 11, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  7. Austin

    I really liike the idea and how they are emplementing that that people in wheel – chairs are not fully inable. They are relaly active and they have alot of different sports to interact in also. So i like the symbol that shows the sign of moving forward and progressing!!

    December 11, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  8. Dreamer

    I personally like the old version but I realize that we live in a changing world and that everyone wants to make changes whether they are disabled or not so this could be a change for good and I would back the fact of changing the symbol.

    December 11, 2013 at 9:44 am |
  9. lazaro

    i think that the new symbol is better than the the old one the new has a a thing the show that i dosen't matter if you are in a wheelchair you can do thing like ever body esle and you don't need to feel bad about being in a wheelchair

    December 11, 2013 at 9:46 am |
  10. Diana

    Yes the symbol should change to show how active a handicapped person is despite their disability. The old symbol was just a person in a wheelchair and people didn't feel like it was a good representation of a handicapped person. Hopefully this new symbol can change the outlook that some people have on disabilities. People should have a positive view if the symbol improves. ❤

    December 11, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  11. Claudia

    I think the symbol should change because like it said in the video they are not people just sitting around in a chair they are people who can move around and even some play sports like basketball and other sports. Also it doesn't` make them feel left out of being a person in a wheelchair but just a regular old person as anyone else.

    December 11, 2013 at 9:50 am |
  12. Robin

    I think the sign is fine, but if they want to put new signs up when they need replaced that would be fine.

    December 11, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  13. Tyler

    if they think that its a better symbol I mean why not do it but seeing the first symbols that has been here for years people are use to it and well if they do change or is changing it they need to make sure that people know what they are talking about.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  14. samson

    i think if every one agress with the change then go for it. wouldnt mind seeing them around town

    December 11, 2013 at 11:18 am |
  15. Shantana

    i Think the Symbol should not be changed because it's been like that for so long.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  16. Alysia

    yes I do think the symbol should change because it will look a lot better and some people will actually know what it mean when they see the sign.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  17. thomas

    i think it should not be changed cause people are use to the old symbol and if they start putting new symbols they might think there is no handcap parking anymore

    December 11, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  18. Jessica

    I think changing the symbol isn't really a big deal. Like they looking at that little sign like it means that much and it don't. If they change the sign good but if they don't no one will notice anyway.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  19. Kaye

    I think the symbol should be changed to express how handicap people are active just like normal people with no disabilities. If the sign gets changed many handicap humans would feel better about themselves and their life situation. It also speaks for itself.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  20. Sofi

    I personally think they should change the symbol. The old symbol shows the person unactive and the new one shows them active. The old one stereotypes the handicapped people. I think its a good idea.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  21. Tori

    I think its a good idea to change the symbol because there not all unable to do things a lot of them are active and can do things I really think the change is a very very good idea and those have been around to long its time for a change.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  22. Jaye

    I think that it should be changed simply because of the way some people look down on the handicapped as if they are not people too. Some people just can't help the fact that they are handicapped. Saying that I mean that some people are born that way, or have some special conditions that may cause this. Handicapped people don't get as much respect as they deserve, and changing this symbol can be a great start.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  23. Sierra

    Yes I do think it should change because I like it that way, plus some people will know what it actually means. Also they will know that there is going to be people that is not the same as them when they see it.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  24. ron

    i think its good that they change the symbol because people are don't sit around no more, people play sports, workout, and race sometimes.
    so yes its good to change the symbol

    December 11, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  25. Luke

    i don't under stand what the big problem is about the symbol all it is , is to let people know that people with certain people with certain condition have the right to take the position or to do what ever the symbol represent.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:23 am |
  26. Ro'darius

    yea I believe that it should be changed because handicap people should feel that we care about them to by giving them a new symbol and changing the way we think about the handicap

    December 11, 2013 at 11:24 am |
  27. Joshalin

    In My Opinon I Think They Should Change The Symbol Because In The Old One Its Only Showing That They Are Just Sitting There In The Wheelchair Not Doing Nothing. Instead, In The New Symbol It Shows That The People Who Are Handicap They Are In Action There Being Active. So, They Should Change The Symbol To The New One They Have Created.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:30 am |
  28. Sam

    IWe should change the handicapped symbol. Now that i think about it, It just does not make sense, if I think of handicapped I think of myself on crutches. not everyone that is handicapped is in a wheelchair. It may work because its a stereotype but I think we need something more than a wheelchair to represent handicapped people.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:32 am |
  29. Jared

    If we change it, it would represent handicapped people as active and capable of doing things other than sitting. It would let everyone know that disabled people can play sports and that even in a wheelchair are not much different from the rest of us. The current symbol makes me think of someone with a disability as a couch potato. The symbol should be changed, disabled people deserve more respect.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:41 am |
  30. Brian

    No matter what you change it to, someone will be offended. So trying to make it something that offends nobody, is a battle that you will always lose. There will be people against this symbol, just as much as the current one, or maybe even the next one.

    December 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
  31. stephen

    I would not change it not a big deal.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
  32. Zarria

    I feel as if it should be changed and the people are more active they they seem to be. But i do feel they are over reacting about it looking like a stick figure in that case all sugn or symbols should be changed

    December 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  33. bobby

    wow I just watched the video and I seen the new symbol too me they barley changed it any what's the point if your going too almost keep it the same its dumb all it is dividing the wheel chair from the person. I think we do need to change it but not like that its basically the same they are lazy and didn't want too think of their own idea.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  34. koya

    I really think this is a waste of time. It is just a sign that symbolizes that they get an advntage to park closer an other things.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  35. Raekwon

    i think the symbol should be changed cause most handicapped people are not in wheel chairs and most of them is capable of doing THERE OWN THINGS .. ^_^

    December 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  36. Taylor

    I think it's a good idea because not all handicap people are fully enabled. They still have the ability to do certain things..

    December 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  37. Romana

    I believe that the change with the sign is good. Though it pretty much is the same symbol it shows that people with any type of disability don't always just sit in a chair. It's good that the sign shows people still go on.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  38. maurice

    i feel as though its just another way to waste more of the "people's" money. i see nothing wrong with the handicap sign we have now.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
  39. elizabeth

    I think they should change the symbol because the new symbol show that the person in the wheelchair are moving and not just sitting there think it the new symbol it is better than the other one.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  40. zaria

    I think it would be a good change it shows mobility

    December 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  41. Hayden

    I think they should change the symbol. I like the new one because it shows them in action, and not still like in the old one. Just because they have disabilities doesn't mean they can't do anything.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  42. Sha-Tara

    I feel that it should not matter. If they sign change or not. It may confuse some because they are used to the old sign. It will take money and people will still ignore it anyway.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  43. Catilyn

    I think the symbol should not be changed because the symbol is already recognized throughout the nation. Though changing the symbol will help the status of the disabled by eliminating discrimination and prejudice views to them. In my opinion, I do not view the disabled as a lesser person, but someone with equal rights and opportunities as I have. Although, the disabled are expressing and showing how they are like non-disabled persons by attending and participating in society, so why need a sign to prove that, because they are already like non-disabled persons.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  44. Anonymous

    I honestly think they should change the symbol of the handicapped because the new one shows, that people in a wheel can be active to.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
  45. Lupita

    I am a wheelchair user and I think the symbol should be changed because the new symbol makes me feel strong, and I am strong.

    December 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
  46. ambrosia

    honestly I think they should change the symbol because, this new system shows that people in wheels can be active to

    December 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm |
  47. Ben

    Change it. More respect would be given to the handicapped.

    December 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
  48. Tayler

    I personally think that the sign doesn't need to change. It isn't saying that people with handicaps aren't active. It's just a symbol to show that this is a place for people with handicaps to use. And also think of how much money it would cost to change all the signs in the world.

    December 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  49. Haden

    I believe they should change it, because it's true – it would most likely change peoples' perception of disabled people – they're just inable to do one (or a few) things, not always COMPLETELY disabled.

    December 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  50. Ali

    I think it's completely ridiculous that it's even being discussed. Surely there is something more meaningful that could actually make a difference in a handicapped individuals' life to spend this money and time on. I do not believe the sign itself in any way limits a person's mobility or causes any discrimination. It's absurd to imply

    December 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
  51. Allison

    I really don't think they should change it because it would be way to hard to get all the people to know it and change them on signs buttons etc.

    December 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  52. Sierra

    I think that is a bad idea,because the "older" people will be confused and not park there, and park way down the parking lot! They would walk all that way, and be taking a risk.

    December 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
  53. ariah

    it's a symbol we've used since the late 1960's yes it's used world wide but alot thing's have changed since then .

    December 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
  54. Sierra

    I don't think that is a good idea, because the "older" people might get confused and not park there.

    December 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  55. Sierra

    Since it is already recognized all around the world, that's a bad idea. It would take forever to tell everyone that!

    December 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
  56. Kate

    I don't think that the International Symbol of Accessibility should be changed because everyone already knows what the current symbol stands for. Even though the new symbol would be similar it may confuse a vast amount of people because it isn't the same.

    December 13, 2013 at 8:35 am |
  57. Hannah

    The new symbol is a good idea and everything, but the old symbol is one of the easily recognizable signs like the women's restroom sign or a stop sign. When people see that sign they don't think "oh its a handicapped person they can't do any thing" the old sign does not generate negative feelings so i don't think it needs to be changed.

    December 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  58. Kelly

    Although this new symbol is I great idea, I don't support it. Portraying people with disabilities as being active is nice and all, but I don't think this symbol is familiar enough. People need to know and recognize a symbol that they see almost every day. This would also take a lot of work to complete. After all, it would cost a lot of money and time to replace every single handicapped sign!

    December 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
  59. Christine

    I think that it is a good thing that the sign has changed. It shows that they are moving forward, they aren't unable to move they are just a little slower then other people. But if they want to be seen as equal they have to realize that it would mean giving up those lose parking spaces and at disney the kids in wheel chairs get different rides and don't have to wait in line. i think that it is a great thing for them to change the signs but they have to accept that they will never be fully equal but they should be happy for their little perks that they get. Because being normal is over rated, people with disabilites get closer parking spaces and I know some people that would kill for those spaces at black friday

    December 14, 2013 at 10:04 am |
  60. R.J

    its been the same for years so why change it now older people will get confused and will park or go some other place and not know that they can go there.

    December 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
  61. Whitney

    I think the concept of the new symbol is better then the other, but I have never looked at the symbol and thought that people in wheel chairs were lazy. Also changing the symbol is not at easy as it sounds the symbol is international.

    December 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  62. Miki

    The Handicapped symbol is used nation wide..... and it might be about time to change it. But most people who are handicapped are not in a wheelchair, therefore the sign should be changed to something else.

    December 14, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  63. Mariah

    I think it is a good idea because it shows that handicapped people aren't just sitting in a chair 24/7, that they can and do stuff.

    December 14, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
  64. Maddi

    I think they should just change it completely because handicap isn't just people in wheel chairs

    December 14, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
  65. Sally

    Since the new symbol makes people with disabilities look more active in the current one, as many of them are, I think the symbol should be changed.

    December 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm |