Accessible Icon Project: Projects from around the world

One of the best parts of being on the Accessible Icon team is to regularly hear how people use the icon to create other advocacy projects and ideas. I recently was sent this animation video made by Shaheen Sheriff for a class project promoting the International Symbol of Access and the Accessible Icon Project.

I personally love how this animation highlights the movement of the icon and the different ways people with disabilities can be active and engaged in their lived environments.

Teaching the 5 Literary Elements

“Plot, Character, Conflict, Theme, Setting…” An interactive Prezi presentation that teaches the five literary elements through style and song.

Recommended Use: 3rd to 8th grade (Applicable in high school for some students/settings)


Other video resources can be found on BrainPop.

Support Accessibility in Italy

Accessibility has become an increasing problem in historic places such as Italy, Israel, and parts of Africa. Cobblestones, cracked side walks, and lack of ramps make it difficult for people with physical disabilities to travel. A group of operators in Venice decided to do something to help fix this problem.

Who: Gondolas4all

Where: Venice, Italy

Problem: Currently people in wheelchairs are not able to access gondola rides unless they are carried onto gondolas, which can be dangerous

Solution: To build the first ever automated wheelchair lift on a floating jetty

Picture taken from crowd sourcing site:

Picture taken from crowd sourcing site:

Who’s Who: A guide to exploring Autism

For people who are interested in learning more about autism, I recommend researching the following people who have contributed to our understanding of disabilities and inclusion.

A. Self-Advocates 

1. Temple Grandin: Leader scholar in autism, self-advocate, researcher, and speaker 

autism advocate and advice

2. Carly Fleischmann: self-advocate, co-author, student

Carly Flesichmann

 B. Individuals recommended by Dr. Temple Grandin

  • Neil Postman
  • Donna Williams
  • Michelle Dawson
  • Laurent Mottron
  • Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
  • Leslie Lemke
  • Clara Claiborne Park
  • Daniel Tammet: Born on a Blue Day
  • Michelle Dawson
  • Dr. Tony Attwood: leading expert


Experience Autism through Video

Ever wonder what it is like to feel over-stimulated? Carly Fleischmann shows through video what it is like to experience sensory overload in everyday settings.

Video 1: Coffee shop

Video 2: Walking down the street 

3. Video 3: Shopping at a store

Carly Fleischmann created these videos through her own experience. As we know, every individual sees the world through a different lens, which can lead to a different experience than those shown above. The reason I still appreciate these videos are that they highlight important characteristics that are common with those who experience sensory overload:

1. Increased brightness

2. Jumbled noise

3. Sensitivity to certain smells

4. Distracted by individual objects that become the complete focus of the individual