Most people recognize the currently used international symbol of access.It is endorsed by the United Nations, adopted by the Department for Transport in the UK for the blue badge indication for disabled parking and is also used for accessible routes and toilets.
However, the symbol is not fully representative of all the potential users, and many people who rightly need to use accessible toilets, parking spaces, etc. face ill-informed and unpleasant criticism and abuse because they have a disability that is not obvious to other people, often referred to as a ‘hidden’ or ‘non-visible’ disability.
A more inclusive sign is therefore needed. BSI has been collaborating with the Cabinet Office Disability Unit who have supported in identifying a range of existing symbols and schemes.
As SDS members working in the wayfinding and sign industry, your views and comments (in addition to those of other stakeholder groups) are currently being sought by The Cabinet Office Disability Unit. It is hoped that by facilitating stakeholder engagement at this stage, safe landing of the new symbol will be supported.
Closing date is 9 April 2020