Reference : Sign of our Times? Revis(it)ing the International Symbol of Access
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/4808
Sign of our Times? Revis(it)ing the International Symbol of Access
English
Ben-Moshe, Liat []
Powell, Justin J W mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI) >]
2007
Disability & Society
Routledge
22
5
489-505
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
International
0968-7599
[en] access symbol ; disability ; wheelchair ; international ; standard ; icon ; barriers ; accessibility
[en] 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.
Syracuse University; Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Society for Disability Studies (SDS)
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public
http://hdl.handle.net/10993/4808
10.1080/09687590701427602

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