The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers is currently working with the BSI Public information symbols committee, PH/8/2, to assess public and industry opinion on the international symbol for accessibility (currently depicted by a wheelchair) and the potential for it to be replaced by a new symbol.
One of the drivers for the potential replacement of the existing wheelchair symbol is that some people who have a genuine need to use accessible facilities can often be challenged by members of the public because their disability is non-visible. The winning entry of this competition which was created by Ukrainian architect Maksym Holovkoas, as well as further information can be seen on this link.
This symbol has now been proposed to ISO Committee TC 145/SC 1 for inclusion in a future amendment to ISO 7001:2023 - Graphical Symbols, Registered public information symbols, although has not been accepted as yet as further stakeholder engagement has been requested.
GAI and PH/8/2. the BSI UK mirror group would like to ascertain the thoughts of industry by requesting responses to the following survey which can be accessed here.
Closing date of survey is 31st January 2024.