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Sign of our times?: revis(it)ing the international symbol of access

Ben-Moshe, Liat and Powell, Justin J. W. (2007) Sign of our times?: revis(it)ing the international symbol of access. Disability and Society, 22 (5). pp. 489-505. ISSN 0968-7599

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09687590701427602


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 and needing to navigate 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 purposes and design in different cultural contexts are neither obvious nor uncontested. We sketch the origin, goals and critiques of this prominent symbol and discuss its functions, from way showing to identity construction and advocacy/activism. Finally, we examine current proposals for alternative symbols.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 20:30

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