Iconic symbol gets a strong push forward


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Three years ago, a Cambridge artist and a Gordon College professor began a guerrilla street art project to call attention to what they felt were inadequecies with the handicap symbol by covering it with a modified icon that separates the person from the wheelchair and conveys movement. Since then, their idea, which they call the Accessible Icon Project, has become a huge cause, with everyone from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the city of New York adopting the new icon. Recently, they took their image before a state board to get official acceptance for their alternate design, but have hit a road block because the state says the icon, which the co-creators gifted to a North Shore nonprofit for people with disabilities, could be used for financial gain.

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