International Symbol of Access


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INTERNATIONAL SYMBOL OF ACCESS

International Symbol of Access

A symbol used to identify buildings and facilities that are barrier-free and therefore accessible to disabled persons with restricted mobility, including wheelchair users.
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They then discussed a label and decided to call it the International Symbol of Access.
Just as the wheelchair is the international symbol of access for all people affected by architectural barriers, so people in wheelchairs have come to be perceived as the standard bearers of the "disability movement." The classic image of the movement to eliminate architectural barriers is someone, usually a man, in a wheelchair positioned near a flight of steps or some other similar obstacle, stressing a message that implies that we must adapt the environment for people in wheelchairs.
The iconic blue International Symbol of Access has been around since 1968, but a man in Fresno, Calif., decided he could improve it a bit to help his mom.
In his email he explained that he had redesigned the International Symbol of Access. Both the design and his story provided me with a rare and welcome "Aha moment."
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