Back in 1968, Danish design student Susanne Koefoed developed the International Access Symbol and as ubiquitous as it became, there is a passivity to the design that the latest Accessible Icon arguably addresses. With its emoji and increasing acceptance across the globe, the new symbol started as a street art project in the Boston area that tackled stereotypes of disability and the built environment.
The blue and white wheelchair icon is more than a guide to parking spots and ramps. It allows millions to fully participate in society. By Ms. Guffey is a professor of art and design history. I was 12 years old when I first encountered the blue wheelchair symbol.