Merriam approves new handicapped-accessible sign pushed by former Star reporter Finn Bullers

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 10.37.43 AMIn December, former Star reporter Finn Bullers, helped push Kansas to reinstate KanCare services for people like him who require around-the-clock care.

Now Bullers’ advocacy has led the city of Merrian to adopt a new sign for handicapped-accessible areas, he said Tuesday.

Bullers, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, said the new design is “lively, engaged. — and by extension  — a life-affirming symbol of independence for one in five Americans with a disability.”

Rather than the traditional sign showing a person sitting in a wheelchair, the updated design features an active figure. Merriam will replace its 40 signs at a cost of about $1,000.

“This sends a powerful message from heartland America that the Midwest is no longer flyover territory, but the heartbeat of progressive change for the nation’s most vulnerable,” said Bullers, who isMidwest regional Coordinator for The Accessible Icon Project.

According to the organization, only New York City has adopted the new logo. Other cities in the KC area are poised to debate changing handicapped-accessible signs, according to a press release.

 

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One comment

  1. Angela de Rocha

    “In December, former Star reporter Finn Bullers, helped push Kansas to reinstate KanCare services for people like him who require around-the-clock care.” EVERYTHING IN THIS SENTENCE IS WRONG. FACTUALLY. His advocacy was solely focused on his individual case, and specifically, the amount of home services such as cooking, cleaning, laundry would be provided to him and him and his family. At no point were his home services every eliminated entirely. Nor did the state cancel these services for the people on the same Medicaid waiver he is on.

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