Universal accessibility symbols for your communications
Universal symbols provide information that is recognisable and accessible. They should be used for:
- maps and floorplans
- event publicity
- 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.
Indicates access for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair users.
This symbol may be used at 18 point or larger. Identifies large-print versions of books, programs, forms and any other printed material.
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.
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.
Indicates a live commentary or narration of visual elements provided by a trained audio describer.
Indicates that printed material is available in 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.
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.
Indicates the location for information about the event and accessibility.
Sign language interpretation
Indicates that an Auslan sign language interpretation is provided.
Indicates the presence of a device used with the phone for communication with and between members of the Deaf and non-deaf community.
Volume control telephone
Indicates the presence of telephones that have handsets with amplified sound and/or adjustable volume controls.