Their modified ISA is available on the website www.accessibleicon.org. The Access Icon Project website states:
“Accessible Icon Project provides supplies and services to transform the old International Symbol of Access into an active, engaged image. We think visual representation matters. People with disabilities have a long history of being spoken for, of being rendered passive in decisions about their lives. The old icon, while a milestone in ADA history, displays that passivity: its arms and legs are drawn like mechanical parts, its posture is unnaturally erect, and its entire look is one that make the chair, not the person, important and visible. As people with disabilities of all kinds—not just chair users—create greater rights and opportunities for social, political, and cultural participation, we think cities should evolve their images of accessibility too.”
The symbol is gradually finding acceptance. Recently, the Enabling Unit for persons with disabilities at University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), Delhi adopted the new symbol and using it in the accessible parking. The Coordinator of Enabling Unit has also written to Chief Commissioner for persons with disabilities in India to replace the static ISA with the new dynamic ISA. The letter is here. He has also requested to Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi to use the new icon if appropriate.
Based on the above little initiatives, the Accessible Icon Project included Enabling Unit, UCMS as medical partner in this great cause of humanizing ISA. We thank Dr Hendren and Dr Glenney for humanizing the symbol and the entire unit of Access Icon Project in their great effort.