Mixed Feelings on Rebranding
I have mixed feelings on the rebranding of the organization I received my service dog through. They announced they’re dropping Independence from the title. Now they’re going with Canine Companions. In this way, it will be easier to say and remember and won’t be abbreviated to CCI. Not only that, their logo is changing. Instead of the silhouette of a person in a wheelchair & dog they’re replacing it with a simple silhouette of a handler with their dog. Apparently the outline loosely resembles a heart. The person is in the shape of an “i” to connect with the independence service dogs provide. Although that doesn’t make sense to me if they dropped Independence from the name. Anyway, to be more inclusive they’re also removing the wheelchair. Never did I think removing the symbol of a wheelchair makes something more inclusive. Apparently they want to stress service dogs aren’t only for individuals in wheelchairs. I get that. Actually, I like the new logo. However taking away the wheelchair stings a little. It’s not everyday wheelchair users are represented. Deep down I can’t shake the feeling wheelchairs have a negative connotation and they don’t want non-wheelchair users to be alienated by it. Am I way off base in that feeling? Curious what do you all think of the rebranding and reasoning behind it?