Accessible Icon for Parking Spaces Officially in Use

MAY 7, 2014
MossRehab has become the first hospital in Philadelphia to use the new Accessible Icon to indicate parking spaces for people with disabilities. 

MossRehab Chief Operating Officer Ruth Lefton painted the first of our new Accessible Icon parking spots at MossRehab at Tabor Road this afternoon. Lefton received some assistance from Senior Communications Manager Kerry O'Connor, who spearheaded the project and—along with his wife—donated the icon stencil.

Once all the spots are converted at MossRehab at Tabor Road/Einstein Medical Center Philadephia, the stencil will be moved to our other campuses throughout the network.

Lefton painting icon"MossRehab has a motto that staff and patients live by: Challenge Accepted," said Lefton. "Whether the challenge is to get back to loved ones or back to a job, activities or a lifestyle, we work with patients to get back their mobility and independence and the new Accessible Icon Project icon symbolizes that Challenge Accepted way of life and will help empower our patients."

Lefton and O'ConnorAccording to the Accessible Icon Project Web site, the old icon, while a milestone in Americans with Disabilities Act history, displays passivity: its arms and legs are drawn like mechanical parts, its posture is unnaturally erect, and its entire look is one that makes the chair, not the person, important and visible. The new icon, however, shows the wheelchair user leaning forward with arms bent backwards and the wheel features angled cutouts, all of which depict motion and independence.

"MossRehab is a place that honors and respects people with disabilities," said Leah Sorao, Project Coordinator for the Accessible Icon Project. "We are so excited to hear that they chose to evolve their symbol to reflect their beliefs through an image that highlights movement and action. Their decision to use the Accessible Icon co-aligns with MossRehab's commitment to using advocacy and education as a way to move forward in the field of medical rehabilitation. Since the the symbol is a breeding ground for conversation about accessibility, inclusion, and disabilities, MossRehab can engage in these discussions with the broader community."

Media Contacts

Members of the media can reach us using the contacts below:

Damien Woods
Manager of Communications
215-970-8536 (after 5 p.m.)

Kerry O'Connor
Senior Manager of Communications

Judy Horwitz
Senior Communications Specialist