By Diana Sullivan, Disability Rights/Access Specialist
There is an effort going on in the southeast WI area to freshen up the old Universal Symbol for accessibility. You know, it’s the person sitting upright and rather stiff in what is representative of a wheelchair. This symbol has been around for a pretty long time and there is a movement of people across the country and beyond who think it’s time for a change. The idea has already been introduced to people from Nebraska to India, the United Kingdom to Arizona. A group of folks in Waukesha are putting in their time and energy into seeing if they can help this effort evolve in the Midwest.
A group of people from varied and diverse backgrounds created a new icon to give a better representation of someone who uses a wheelchair being depicted as engaged and dynamic. They call it the Accessible Icon Project. The new icon depicts an image of a person who looks more active – someone who is “in the driver’s seat” unlike the passive symbol that has been around for a long time.
I encourage you all to check out the website www.accessibleicon.org and let us know what you think about the new graphic elements of this initiative. Are you interested in being part of a movement to see it grow in southeast WI? Let us know. What do you think? Thumbs up?
For more information, contact Diana Sullivan at (414) 226-8383 V/Relay or email@example.com.