The new symbol of accessibility was designed by the Graphic Design Unit of the UN Department of Public Information in New York, upon request by the Meetings and Publishing Division of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (MPD, DGACM) of the United Nations, and will hereafter be referred to as the “Accessibility logo”.
The global reach of this logo is conveyed by a circle, with the symmetrical figure connected to represent a harmony between humans in society. This universal human figure with open arms symbolizes inclusion for people of all abilities, everywhere.
Symbol of Accessibility
The Accessibility logo was created for use on printed and electronic public information products to raise awareness about disability related issues, and can be used to symbolize products, places and anything that is ‘disability-friendly’ or Accessible.
The Accessibility Logo was created to depict accessibility for persons with disabilities. This includes accessibility of information, services, communication technologies, as well as physical access. The logo symbolizes hope and equal access for all. It was reviewed and selected by the Focus Groups on Accessibility, working with the Inter- Departmental Task Force on Accessibility at the United Nations Secretariat. The group comprises of eminent civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities.
The Accessibility logo is neutral and impartial. The use of the logo does not imply endorsement by the United Nations or the United Nations Secretariat.
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