Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Representation to include ‘active’ International Symbol of Access

University College of Medical Sciences
(University of Delhi)
& Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital
DElhi – 110 095


EU/EOC/UCMS/101                                                                                  Dated: Mar 19, 2013
Chief Commissioner for PwD
Sarojini House, 6 Bhagwan Dass Road
New Delhi-01

Sub:    Representation to include ‘active’ International Symbol of Access
Dear Sir,
            The International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) have become among the most widely recognised representations of disability. However visual representation matters. People with disabilities have a long history of being spoken for, of being rendered passive in decisions about their lives. The current ISA displays 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 DPO’s should evolve their images of accessibility too. 

The revised ISA by Harvard design researcher Sara Hendren focuses more on ‘person with disability’ and is an active image.  The graphic elements have following active features:
1.      Head is forward to indicate the forward motion of the person through space. Here the person is the "driver" or decision maker about her mobility.
2.      Arm is pointing backward to suggest the dynamic mobility of a chair user, regardless of whether or not she uses her arms. Depicting the body in motion represents the symbolically active status of navigating the world.
3.      By including white angled knockouts the symbol presents the wheel as being in motion.
4.      The human depiction in this icon is consistent with other body representations found in the ISO 7001 - DOT Pictograms.
5.      The leg has been moved forward to allow for more space between it and the wheel which allows for better readability and cleaner application of icon as a stencil. 

Please find below the pictorial representation of the revised ISA used by Enabling Unit at UCMS:

Sir, you have earlier taken steps to ban the expression ‘handicapped’ and avoiding the use of word ‘differently-abled’. These small steps are highly significant as how PwD’s are represented in society. The above revised ISA not only focuses on ‘activity’ but also stressed on the person involved. We should encourage ‘People First Language’ and steps taken by your office to use ‘Persons with Disabilities’ over ‘Disabled Persons’ are noteworthy.

In this connection, I represent before this office to consider revising the current ISA with the one depicted above. I would like to declare that I have no conflict of interest here. If your office considers the image appropriate, it may be directed to replace the static ISA with the one which portrays dynamism and focuses on person rather disability.

With regards
Yours sincerely

Dr Satendra Singh
Coordinator, Enabling Unit
Equal Opportunity Cell
University College of Medical Sciences
& GTB Hospital, Delhi
Founder ‘Infinite Ability’

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