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Universal accessibility symbols for your communications

Universal symbols provide information that is recognisable and accessible. They should be used for:

  • signage
  • maps and floorplans
  • event publicity
  • websites
  • all communications

to ensure your event is inclusive and safe for everyone.

Production of images from the Graphic Artists Guild, commissioned by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet 2018.

Wheelchair-accessible

Indicates access for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair users.

International wheelchair symbol.

Large print

This symbol may be used at 18 point or larger. Identifies large-print versions of books, programs, forms and any other printed material.

International symbol for large print.

Access (other than print or braille) for people who are blind or have low vision

Best used in places such as a guided tour, a path to a nature trail or sensory garden in a park, a tactile tour or an exhibition that may have tactile elements.

International symbol for facilities accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

Assistive listening systems

Indicates the presence of a system such as a hearing loop that transmits amplified sound via hearing aids, headsets or other devices.

International symbol for hearing loop or other facilities accessible to people with hearing impairment.

Audio description

Indicates a live commentary or narration of visual elements provided by a trained audio describer.

International symbol for audio description.

Braille

Indicates that printed material is available in Braille.

International symbol for braille.

Closed captioning (CC)

Indicates that closed captioning is available. Open captions are always in view and cannot be turned off, whereas the visibility of closed captions is controlled by the viewer.

International symbol for closed captions.

Open captioning (OC)

Indicates that open captioning is available. Open captions are always in view and cannot be turned off, whereas the visibility of closed captions is controlled by the viewer. If you have a choice, closed captions are preferable to subtitles or open captions.

International symbol for open captions.

Information

Indicates the location for information about the event and accessibility.

International symbol for information.

Sign language interpretation

Indicates that an Auslan sign language interpretation is provided.

International symbol for Auslan services.

Teletypewriter (TTY)

Indicates the presence of a device used with the phone for communication with and between members of the Deaf and non-deaf community.

International symbol for TTY.

Volume control telephone

Indicates the presence of telephones that have handsets with amplified sound and/or adjustable volume controls.

International symbol for volume control telephone.

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https://inclusive.sa.gov.au/resources/state-authority-resources/accessible-and-inclusive-community-events/universal-accessibility-symbols-for-your-communications
Last Updated:
12 Aug 2020
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28 Nov 2021
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