When reading, students need to think about the different elements that make up a typical story. Here is a poster we use when we do a read aloud or read a story in a small group. Students can write right on the poster or write on post-it notes. This poster uses the images found in the reading and writing program, Framing Your Thoughts, which is created by Project Read. The graphic symbols remind students of the different elements found in a story.
Recently, a new emoji was added to the Apple iSO10 update, and the Accessible Icon team was very pleased to learn that the accessible icon was included for the social media world to use on a daily basis. With the new icon emerging into the digital world, people who were unfamiliar with the project wanted to know more about the icon that represents people with disabilities as active and engaged. In more detail, I wrote an article about the story of the accessible icon that was published here: http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/accessibility/ios-10.php. Please take the time to read why a group of people identify with the more active looking symbol and be sure to look out for the accessible icon on your phones!
While touring Germany, Italy, and Spain, I was highly interested in the symbols each country used to signify basic street information. Here in the states, there has been much debate about if the Accessible Icon is legal since it has not been officially adopted as the symbol of access by the DOT or DOJ. While almost everyone will agree that the symbol represents movement, some argue that a new symbol is not needed or can cause confusion. Since I am now interested in exploring the different symbols that exist, I took pictures of the different symbols I came across while traveling.
Emphasizes body over wheel
Munich, Germany (I found this sign particularly interesting since it reinforces the gender stereotype of mother and child walking. Why did the designer choose a woman figure instead of a neutral symbol?
Emphasizes the person, not the wheel. (note the thicker line of the body and head)
One of the biggest painted symbols I have ever seen!
On the train
One of the more funny signs I saw during my travels.
This was a humorous symbol for me. I found the shape of the body/arms fascinating.
Similiar to a sign we would see in the states
More emphasis is given to the person (the body). I found the double line an interesting design element.
In this sign, the figure seems to be leaning back. Note the same line thickness for the person and the chair.
We can keep spinning with this symbol.
A half wheel, I also found the women symbol unique
Accessible Icon in Orvietto, Italy
Madrid Bus Symbols
Reinforcing the mother and child stereotype
Royal Palace in Madrid
Royal Palace in Madrid
Lots of movement in this picture
Equal width for all figures
Where will the accessible icon go next?
Accessible Icon Updates:
DOJ (Department of Justice) verbal approval of the icon during the National ADA Symposium. Read here (May 2015)
New York State announcement of a slow phasing in of the symbol. Read here (August 2014)
New Jersey bill in progress. Read here ( September 2014)