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City receives award and launches the Accessible Icon Project
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Colorado Springs, CO - Please join Mayor Steve Bach for two special events: an award presentation and the City’s launch of the new international “handicapped” symbol on Tuesday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the City Administration Building, Room 102.

City honored as friendliest city for small business

Mayor Bach will accept an award, on behalf of the City of Colorado Springs, from, which recently released new data rating Colorado Springs as the top city in the nation for its friendliness toward small business., a national consumer service headquartered in San Francisco, released the data in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Accessible Icon Project

Mayor Steve Bach will replace the old International Symbol of Access decal with the new one in front of the City Administration Building. The symbol has, since its inception in 1968, helped people with limited mobility navigate the world. Against a blue background, the white image presents a static wheelchair and seated stick figure with head slightly bowed, waiting to be pushed.

Two young designers in Boston were compelled to reimagine this decades-old symbol of access for persons with disabilities. They created an icon which reflects our society’s evolving perceptions of people with disabilities as being powerful, athletic, and autonomous, in motion. Think of the old symbol, now italicized.

The City of Colorado Springs is home to many organizations which support and include people with disabilities. By expanding the use of the new icon, we extend a progressive, extravagant welcome to people with disabilities who live in and visit our city.