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  • MossRehab is first hospital in Philadelphia to adopt the new Accessible Icon Project icon

    Published: 05/08/2014

    MossRehab became the first hospital in Philadelphia to adopt the new Accessible Icon Project icon to mark designated accessible parking spots for persons with disabilities.

    The first spots were painted May 7 at MossRehab's Tabor Road campus at 1200 West Tabor Road, Philadelphia. MossRehab COO Ruth Lefton painted the first spot and got some assistance from Sr. Communications Manager Kerry O'Connor who spearheaded the project and--along with his wife, Adriana--donated the icon stencil to MossRehab.

    But the MossRehab Tabor Road campus is just the beginning. Over time, all of MossRehab’s campuses, and all of Einstein Healthcare Network’s campuses in and around Philadelphia will have their old accessible parking spots, and eventually all exterior and interior signage, swapped out to the new icon.

    According to the Accessible Icon Project website, ( the old icon, while a milestone in ADA 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 has a motto that staff and patients live by: Challenge Accepted,” said MossRehab COO 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.”

    "MossRehab is a place that honors and respects people with disabilities," said Leah Serao, 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 and since the symbol is a breeding ground for conversation about accessibility, inclusion, and disabilities, MossRehab can engage in these discussions with the broader community."

  • Communications Team