Friday, November 24, 2006

International Symbol(s) of Access

This Call was first posted back on July 7, but I've only recently learned about it. We are inviting readers of DS,TU to contribute. More details on the website of the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies.

Call for Submissions – International Exhibition on the International Symbol of Access

The International Symbol of Access (ISA), used in a variety of specific locations to represent purposely-facilitated access, has become ubiquitous throughout the world within just a few decades. Found wherever people move in physical space, navigating environmental barriers, this symbol is among the most widely recognized representations of disability. While it provides daily interactions with issues of accessibility and disability, its design and purposes in different cultural contexts are neither obvious nor uncontested. Indeed, many individuals and groups have modified the ISA to represent a variety of perspectives and goals. A tremendous diversity of designs abounds.

We seek to collect signs used in different locations for an exhibition of the International Symbol of Access, to be shown in 2007. If you have a photograph or document with a variant of the symbol and wish to donate it to our ISA archive, please send it to the organizers, along with the details of its location (e.g., accessible door in Hyatt Hotel, Bethesda, USA), the date, any commentary you wish to include, and your contact information, preferable as digital files.
Contact information available here,