Potential replacement of international accessibility symbol
Your views welcome
The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers is currently working in association with the BSI Public information symbols committee, PH/8/2, to assess public and industry opinion on the international symbol for accessibility (currently depicted by a wheelchair) and the potential for it to be replaced by a new symbol.
One of the drivers for the potential replacement of the existing wheelchair symbol is that some people who have a genuine need to use accessible facilities can often be challenged by members of the public because their disability is non-visible
The International Union of Architects (UIA) and Rehabilitation International (RI) jointly invited submissions in 2022 for a twenty-first century symbol of accessibility to represent their core values of rights and inclusion, independence, physical and virtual accessibility for all, including people with disabilities. The intent would be for this new symbol of accessibility to better represent the variety of people who use buildings and other types of built environments. It would therefore replace the existing accessibility symbol which currently depicts a wheelchair.
The winning entry of this competition which was created by Ukrainian architect Maksym Holovkoas, as well as further information can be seen on this link.
This symbol has now been proposed to ISO Committee TC 145/SC 1 for inclusion in a future amendment to ISO 7001:2023 - Graphical Symbols, Registered public information symbols. This standard contains public information symbols for use in all locations and all sectors where the public has access. It is important to note that whilst this new symbol has been proposed to this ISO/TC 145/SC1, it has not yet been accepted and the views of key stakeholders are being invited on this important issue.
To that extent GAI and PH/8/2. the UK mirror group would like to ascertain the thoughts of industry by requesting responses to the following questions: