Viki Bergman

People, Not Symbols : Leo Burnett Israel

For December 3rd “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, Access Israel –
the NPO whose mission it is to promote accessibility for people with disabilities in Israel,
is replacing all disabled parking spot signs with the pictures of real people.

You’ve probably seen it happen a zillion times and you’ve maybe even done it yourself once or twice. By that I mean park in a spot for disabled people.

Yeah, we’ve all seen it happen before: a car blitzing into a parking spot reserved for the disabled only for its driver to step out seconds later on two perfectly functioning legs. Sure, if you ask the driver he’ll probably have a whole battery of excuses to go with his blatant misbehavior and disrespect. Anything ranging from: “I’ll only be a second”, “I’m just picking up my wife” to “What’s the rush? You’re sitting in a wheelchair anyway!” and our personal favorite: “I DIDN’T SEE THE SIGN”.