Understanding the Universal Symbols of Accessibility

The following symbols may be used to promote and publicize the accessibility features of places, programs and activities on campus for people with disabilities.

International Symbol of Accessibility

International symbol of accessibility

The wheelchair symbol should be used only to indicate access for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. For example, the symbol indicates an accessible entrance, or a bathroom or phone that is lowered for wheelchair users.


Braille symbol

This symbol indicates that printed matter is available in Braille.

Large Print

Accessible print

The words “Large Print” in 16-point to 20-point font size indicates that large-print versions of books, course guides, materials, pamphlets and other documents are available.

Assistive Listening Systems

Assistive listening systems

This symbol indicates that assistive listening systems such as infrared, loop and FM systems are available.

Sign Language Interpretation

Sign Language interpretation

This symbol indicates that Sign Language interpretation is provided for a lecture, meeting, performance, conference or other program.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning (CC)

This symbol indicates that a video medium such as a television program, internet, DVD or Blu-Ray is closed captioned for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.


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