ISA – International Symbol of Access

In 1968 members of Rehabilitation International (RI) and its International Commission on Technology and Accessibility (ICTA) were asked to consider establishment of an international symbol to designate accessible facilities. Six symbols were short listed and considered by a representative jury of people with disabilities and international organisations.

The symbol designed by Danish design student Susanne Koefoed was selected, and after minor modifications was adopted by RI and ICTA in 1969 as the International Symbol of Access (ISA). For further information on the history of the symbol refer to RI Global’s information on the ISA.

International Symbol of Access (ISA)

ISA Symbol

The ISA has been registered with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and remains the copyright of RI.

The ISA provides a consistent international designation of accessible entrances, information, facilities, transportation and amenities. Other symbols to assist people with sensory impairments, including the International Symbol for Deafness may be used in conjunction with the ISA.

deafness symbol