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Communicating with universal access symbols

Universal access symbols are used to promote and communicate accessibility features of places, rooms, programs and activities for people with disabilities. You can include these icons on event invitations, email newsletters, membership forms, building signage, conference and program brochures, and more. 

Icons created by the Graphic Artists Guild. (external link)  The complete set of symbols include AI, EPS and JPG formats, as well as white icons on black backgrounds. 

Wheelchair symbol.

Wheelchair accessible

The wheelchair symbol indicates access for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. Remember that a ramped entrance is not completely accessible if there are no curb cuts, and an elevator is not accessible if it can only be reached via steps.

Large print symbol.

Accessible print

Large print is indicated by the words: "Large Print," printed in 18 pt. or larger text. In addition to identifying large print versions of books, pamphlets, museum guides and theatre programs, you may use the symbol on conference or membership forms with large print. Sans serif or modified serif print with high contrast is important, and special attention should be paid to letter and word spacing.

Access for individuals who are blind or have low vision symbol. Represented by a figure holding a cane.

Access for individuals who are blind or have low vision

This symbol indicates access for people who are blind or have low vision, best used in places such as: a guided tour, a tactile tour or a museum exhibition that may be touched. Signs and presentation materials should be produced in contrasting colours and printed clearly in a large font.

Braille symbol.


This symbol indicates that printed material is available in Braille, including exhibition labelling, publications and signage.

Audio Description or AD symbol.

Audio Description

Blind or low vision people may enjoy performing arts, visual arts, television, video, and film that offers live commentary or narration (via headphones and a small transmitter) of visual elements provided by a trained Audio Describer.

Assistive Listening Systems symbol represented as an ear with a line through it.

Assistive Listening Systems

This symbol indicates that assistive listening systems such as infrared, loop and FM systems are available to transmit amplified sound via hearing aids, headsets or other devices.

Closed captioning or CC symbol.

Closed Captioning

Closed Captioning (CC) (commonly known as subtitles) enables people who are deaf or hard of hearing to read a transcript of the audio portion of a video, film, exhibition or other presentation. As the video plays, text captions transcribe (although not always verbatim) speech and other relevant sounds.

Sign Language Interpretation symbol represented by two hands making circles with the thumb and index finger.

Sign Language Interpretation

The symbol indicates that Sign Language Interpretation is provided for a lecture, tour, film, performance, conference or other program.

Information symbol represented as a question mark with a circular border.


Knowing where to find what you need is almost as valuable as finding it. The information symbol indicates the location for specific information or materials concerning access, such as "Large Print" materials, audio recordings of materials, or sign interpreted tours.