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  • There’s been a campaign underway to redesign the standard American handicapped sign, replacing the classically helpless straight-backed figure with one that’s leaning forward, full of action and potential.

    Curators at MoMA liked this proposal so much that they added the new design to their collection, where it’s now on display.

    Yesterday, a young couple in wheel chairs were exploring the museum, moving their black vehicles around in the galleries. They were chatting happily to each other, but when they saw the signs, they fell silent. They piloted their chairs back and forth along the wall, tilting their heads to look from every angle.

    And as I watched them, I couldn’t decide if the feeling was happy or sad — and whether it was more about despair or potential.
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