Challenge to Redesign Traditional Wheelchair Symbol: Open Until Oct. 25

Dean Ronni Rosenberg encourages Sheridan faculty and students to participate in this contest:

Lieutenant Governor to launch student challenge to redesign traditional wheelchair symbol

TORONTO—The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will join with OCAD University president Dr. Sara Diamond to officially launch Reimagining Accessibility, an international student design challenge to replace the traditional wheelchair sign with a more encompassing and inclusive symbol (or symbols) of accessibility. The announcement will take place at OCAD U’s Inclusive Design Research Centre on Friday, September 20 at 11am.

Forty five years after the introduction of the International Symbol of Access in 1968, the contest seeks to replace or augment the familiar wheelchair sign with a symbol inventory emphasizing the multifaceted reality of disability. This competition has a practical purpose given that less than three per cent of persons with disabilities in Ontario use a wheelchair or electric scooter for mobility purposes.

Jointly supported by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and OCAD U, the contest will run from September 20 to October 25 and is open to post-secondary students. An expert jury will select three finalists whose designs will be unveiled on November 1 in the presence of Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex, who will then be undertaking a working visit in Ontario. The final designs will be presented to the International Standards Organization for consideration.

Tweet using the hashtag #AccessSign
Contact: Mr. Tom Connelly, Ms. Kelley Teahen
Office of the Lieutenant Governor OCAD University
p: 416-325-7789 416-977-6000 x222 

e: tom.connelly@ontario.ca kteahen@ocadu.ca

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