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The disability experience conference. Creators of the Accessible Icon Project. Sarah Hendren - graduate student from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Dr. Brain Glenney - associate philosophy professor at Gordon College. The First Edition.

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Creators of the accessible icon project
Creators of the Accessible Icon Project

Sarah Hendren- graduate student from Harvard Graduate School of Design

Dr. Brain Glenney- associate philosophy professor at Gordon College


The first edition
The First Edition

  • In 2009, Sara Hendren and Brian Glenney started a street art campaign in Boston to highlight the shortcomings of the current International Symbol of Access

  • Design focused on showing movement


Art campaign to advocacy project
Art Campaign to Advocacy Project

  • Noticed by Biller Baker from the Boston Globes

  • Response to article changed direction of the project


Redesigning the symbol
Redesigning the Symbol

  • Abides by ISO DOT 50 Standards

  • Complies with ADA Regulations

  • New design fit for parking sign and stencil




The partnership begins
The Partnership Begins determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • Triangle

    • Corporate partners like Clarks USA and Building Restoration Corp.

    • The mayor of Malden, MA

  • Gordon College

    • Change signs around campus

    • Funding for new website


Why should we portray our citizen like this
Why Should we portray our citizen like this… determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • The symbol has not been changed since 1968

  • Current symbol leads to thoughts of passivity and inability


When they are really like
When they are really like… determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • The new symbol reinforces themes of life, energy, and determination

  • Design focused on movement


Where the project is now
Where the Project is now determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • Grown from a grass roots campaign to become a larger social design effort, now housed and run by Triangle

  • Now people all over the world use the symbol to signal their wishes for more inclusive institutions, economies, and workplaces everywhere.


Partners
Partners determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • United States

    • Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Texas, New York, Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Connecticut, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, Washington

  • International

    • India, France, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Korea, Alaska, Mexico

  • Types of Partnerships

    • Businesses, Cities, Hospitals, Parks and Recreation Centers, Universities, Schools, Restaurants, Websites, Cruise Industry, Sport Teams

***Currently, the project is fortunate to have a number of partners who not only use the Icon in their buildings, but are also creating a stronger relationship with people with disabilities


Goals
Goals determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

  • Symbol Shift

    • Spark Conversation

  • Advocacy Activation

    • Illustrate the active and engaged role people with disabilities play in society

  • Community Change

    • Prompt people to include individuals with disabilities in the workplace, schools, and in society

  • ***Changing the symbol is part of changing the universally accepted mindset about people with disabilities


    In conclusion
    In Conclusion determines the look of the figures you commonly see on bathroom signage

    • Visual Representation Matters

    • People Matter

    • The Accessible Icon Matters!

    Contact: Leah Serao

    w. www.accessibleicon.org

    e. [email protected]

    p. 732-642-5415


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