Jenny Meehan's redesign of the International Symbol Of Access - Shape Open Art 2019

Jenny Meehan

Surrey, United Kingdom

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What Does this Say to You? (title)

I designed this symbol with clear concepts in mind. My own experience of temporary disability before and after knee replacement surgery inspired me to work on an alternative symbol to the International Symbol of Access.

But I want to know from many people who face disability of different kinds what it expresses for you personally.

To celebrate the inclusion of my design in the Shape Open Exhibition 2019 I am making merchandise available on so that if this symbol resonates with you, you can access it on printed products!

I would really value your thoughts and experiences though so contact me via

My design is also published in the catalogue from Shape Arts Open Exhibition 2019 which you can buy from Shape Arts.

There was a fantastic selection of art on show.

In the Shape Open catalogue you can see my design (created February 2019) for a new International Access Symbol. My design artwork is called "’What does this Symbol Say?

My design came from personal experience. I felt uncomfortable using disabled toilets marked with the wheelchair symbol but I needed to use them. It made me think about the essential elements I felt should be conveyed in the symbol. You see the circle, previously a wheel, transformed into an opening. You see the right angle, previously a seat transformed into the outstretched arms. You are accommodated. It’s a person centred design with a clear message of inclusivity which is key. Having my own less visible, temporary, experience of difficulties and restrictions of mobility due to knee osteoarthritis, injury and the necessary knee replacement surgery, I hope at least my expression in this design conveys something positive and affirming.

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