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All change for the wheelchair access icon ?

I read with some amusement the other day that after forty something years some Americans have decided that the widely used blue wheelchair access icon is up for a revamp.

The new wheelchair access icon

The stick figure in the wheelchair has long been the immediately recognisable sign that designates an area or a facility as being friendly to wheelchair users. Whether its disabled toilet doors, parking bays or virtually every public building in the Western hemisphere, the blue wheelchair icon has worked for decades so why the need for change I wonder ?

A group calling themselves AIP or accessible icon project seem to think its about time that the stick man was given a racier look more in line with the recently popular Paralympics. The designs they have put forward follow the existing theme of the wheelchair user but have leaned him or her forward to suggest they are propelling themselves in their wheelchair with great gusto.

They comment on their website -
www.accessibleicon.org

"Its arms and legs are drawn like mechanical parts, its posture is unnaturally erect, and its entire look is one that makes the chair, not the person, important and visible."

The new look icon that they propose started its life as a piece of urban art on the campus of a nearby college where it was used alongside and overlaying the existing icon.

Take a look for yourself wheelchair users and see what you think ! Currently there is comment around the globe that the new icon may be used and most folk are betting on the Big Apple as the first place that may see it used extensively.

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