The fact is, 93-95% of people with disabilities are not wheelchair users. So, the vast majority of those contending with less visible impairments also have to deal with a lack of understanding.
When using disabled car parking spaces, public toilets, or priority seating, people who don’t instantly appear to be disabled are often mistaken as able-bodied. This can lead to their right to use these facilities being challenged, and their access denied.
We’re asking the question – does the wheelchair symbol need a review? We’re not suggesting we have the answer. Part of our role as advertisers, designers, provocateurs is to spark conversations, ideas and debate.
Visability93 is in essence a crowdsource design competition, in partnership with Invisible Disability Project (based out of San Diego). Our intent is to encourage the design community to participate in the debate, to bring attention to the issues and hopefully prompt action. We have created 29 new icons representing some of the most common invisible disabilities. Our hope is that the set of icons will evolve and grow as people start to use them, design their own and contribute to the debate.
Download the free font below.