We’ve had that wheelchair symbol for 50 years now, but that’s not really applicable for the vast majority of people with disabilities.
These designers have reimagined the ‘wheelchair symbol’ to include invisible disabilities
50 years on from the release of the International Symbol of Access, a new set of icons are launched to help highlight invisible disabilities. […]
Visability93 is a project designed to spot a spotlight on the 93% of the disabled population who aren’t wheelchair users, and who could be being prevented from accessing the services they need on a daily basis, including car parking spaces, restrooms and priority seating, because they do not appear to have a disability.
I don’t think it’s the designers’ intention that these symbols are used in exactly the same way as the wheelchair one — one car parking space for someone with Lupus, one for someone with systemic scleroderma, one for IBS sufferers, another for people with depression or Crohn’s or diabetes and so on and so on. Rather, that they will start a conversation around the visual language we use and see to depict disability.