International Symbol of Accessibility

You see it everywhere, the white stick figure of a man in a wheelchair on top of a blue background. This universally recognized symbol used on handicap signs and parking spaces has been around for more than 4 decades now. While this symbol is easily recognizable, making it really ideal for a number of uses, it has become somewhat too familiar for so many people that it is actually being taken for granted.

The invisibility that this particular symbol has taken on due to its being so recognizable is working against its effectiveness. This may be the reason why some people feel that this particular sign needs to be revamped. Upgrading the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) is not really something people are receptive to simply because everyone is so used to this particular pictogram, and a lot of signs already use this particular symbol.

Handicap Sign OptionThere are some people who are already trying to make waves in getting the symbol upgraded and the designs they are using show just what kind of changes they want to make. In the standard ISA, you can see a person sitting in a stationary wheelchair and that is that. In the newer symbols that people want to use to replace this particular pictogram on handicap signs, they have integrated a few additions like stick limbs and even motion lines.

These new additions that people want to make to the ISA are aimed at showing others that people in wheelchairs are actually active individuals. The world seems to have the mistaken notion that wheelchair bound people are passive people. What they do not know, if they are to judge by the signs used for people who use wheelchairs, is that people with disabilities are actually very active individuals.

Handicap Signs

There are people in wheelchairs who play basketball, race and other sports, which is why having them represented by a symbol that shows them in the wrong light should be changed. The evolution
of this particular pictogram is being championed by a number of designers who believe that a change is indeed due. Even though revamped versions of the symbol is accepted by several states and by federal officials as still compliant with ADA rules as long as the image of the wheelchair is easy to discern, many still believe that rethinking the 40 year old symbol placed on the handicap sign should be done. What do you think?