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The following is excerpted and quoted content from the accessible icon project organization website by Sara Hendren. The original content was created in February of 2016 and was published on the url listed and linked at the bottom of this article. Given the amount of work myself and other colleagues are doing in the environmental graphic design world, it’s important to spread the word so that the new icon be adopted and implemented by all. We have officially taken this position and begun the process of informing our clients of this update. In a world where these seemingly simple signs are typically controlled by the general contractor, we are happy to be currently working on an implementation of this icon.

From Accessible Icon with (my words in parenthesis):

The Accessible Icon Project is an ongoing work of design activism. It starts with a graphic icon, free for use in the public domain, and continues its work as a collaboration among people with disabilities and their allies toward a more accessible world.

Making connections (with people all over the world who are advocating for disability rights) has outpaced our (original) expectations for this work by a hundredfold. Those newfound collaborators have also told us that they wanted a new formal icon to replace the old ones, not just a street art design (which was the original project intent). So the project grew from guerilla activism to a social design project: The Accessible Icon Project. We partnered with Tim Ferguson Sauder, a professional graphic designer, to bring our icon in line with professional standards.


  • Sara Hendren, Concept
  • Tim Ferguson Sauder, Icon Design
  • Tyler Swanner, Animation (this page)


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