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Dr. Alberto Esquenazi, John Otto Haas Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab, and Harvey Portner, Cheltenham Township Ward 3 Commissioner, painted the first new parking space.
Dr. Alberto Esquenazi painting an accessible icon on a parking space at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park.
Harvey Portner painting an accessible icon on a parking space at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park.
In May, 2014, MossRehab/Einstein Healthcare Network became the first hospital/healthcare system in Philadelphia to use the new Accessible Icon to indicate parking spaces for people with disabilities. The first spots were converted at the MossRehab Tabor Road/Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia campus.On Friday, July 25, MossRehab's flagship facility, MossRehab Elkins Park became the second campus to use the new icon. Dr.Alberto Esquenazi, John Otto Haas Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MossRehab and Cheltenham Township Ward 3, Commissioner Harvey Portner painted the first new parking space."MossRehab has a motto that staff and patients live by: Challenge Accepted," said MossRehab Chief Operating Officer Ruth 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."Once all the spots are converted at MossRehab Elkins Park, the accessible icon stencil will be moved to other campuses throughout the network.According 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."