The classic blue wheelchair guy is the main disability symbol people use to refer to all things accessible. Sure it works, it’s adequate … but it has its drawbacks — namely, it was created in 1968. The disability community has changed by leaps and bounds since the ’60s, and advocates have been salivating at the chance to finally give our wheelchair guy a long overdue makeover.
And now it’s happened, thanks to the Accessible Icon Project. The Massachusetts-based nonprofit decided to create a brand new disability symbol for use throughout the U.S., and possibly other countries around the world as well. It’s a completely free-use symbol, and was created by two nondisabled individuals from Boston in 2012.
One of the individuals is a former graffiti artist and the other is a designer and activist. What they’ve done is put a positive spin on a symbol to represent a pop