Handicap Sign

When someone sees a handicap sign on a parking spot, it is but natural for the person to assume that this particular slot is meant only for vehicles owned or carrying people with disabilities. It should be known however that this is not the only use of the handicap sign and symbol. This particular pictogram, the ISA (International Symbol for Accessibility) can actually aid more than just people with disabilities.

The general use of this symbol, and the signs that use such a symbol for that matter, is to show people where accessibility options and facilities can be found. Included in the list of accessibility options that can be used by those with disabilities include ramps, and elevators. You can also see these symbols on bathroom stalls that are made to easily accommodate wheelchairs in them and are designed to allow for easy use by those with disabilities.

What is not general knowledge is that these accessibility options, and by extension the signs that are used to show people where these are, can actually benefit more than just those who are considered disabled. These very same signs, and the accessible facilities and options that come with them, can actually benefit a number of other individuals. Included in this list are the elderly, pregnant women, and parents with small children. These can also benefit those who have injuries and debilitations that are temporary, like those with casts and crutches due to an accident.

Why are these accessibility options and signs usable by these individuals? Well, consider this. The elderly are not necessarily debilitated due to their age, but they are vulnerable to certain aches and pains due to their advanced age. Having to climb stairs and walk too long distances can bring about such aches and pains, or aggravate already existing yet minor ones. Knowing where to find ease of access points and to be able to use them can help them avoid the problems that may arise from such tasks.

For parents with small kids, imagine the things they bring with them for the comfort of their kids, aside from the small tykes, of course. Strollers, diaper bags, toys, etc. – these are just some  of the things they tow about when they bring their kids to these establishments, and that is just for one child. Imagine having to bring a lot of things for a few small kids. These signs show these parents where they can easily roll strollers up and down areas, how they can go up and down floors in a mall without having to lug everything up and down stairs, and so on.

For pregnant women, having to go up and down stairs can be dangerous to them. Just one slip and they can easily injure themselves and the baby. A handicap sign can show them where elevators can be found, where bathroom stalls that can allow them to move around freely are located, and other similar conveniences.

These very same signs can also benefit those who are recovering from injuries. Those who have casts on their arms, legs, or other parts of their body, but are mobile enough to go out, will find that these very same signs people with disabilities depend on every day can be used by them as well. They can find elevators and ramps easily with the help of these signs. They can also find bathroom stalls that they can easily move around in and use with the help of a handicap sign.

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