Students/artists with disabilities encouraged to re-design accessibility symbol

Reimagining Accessibility Challenge

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has launched the Reimagining Accessibility Design Challenge to challenge students to redesign the traditional disability symbol of a wheelchair and create a more encompassing and inclusive symbol of accessibility.

The DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada / Reseau d’action des femmes handicapées Canada (DAWN-RAFH Canada) is encouraging post-secondary students and artists with disabilities to participate in the competition and to self-identify when they submit their design. DAWN-RAFH says, "A universal symbol for people with disabilities needs to come from the heart of someone with the lived experience of disability. "

DAWN-RAFH is encouraging contest organizers to showcase the work of designers with disabilities and for designers to think about gender, race and inclusivity.