As an athlete in Dublin, I raced side by side with wheelchair athletes. I sought to capture the spirit and independence of these athletes in the symbol. The activity and movement are suggested with body positioning–the angle of the torso, and the “pushing position” of the arm. The goal is to portray an active, independent person, in sharp contrast to the former symbol which has been described as dependent, rigid and helpless.
The open-door symbol answers a call for a symbol of universal access – a symbol, for a time when environments will be barrier-free, and our focus moves from individual disability, to access for all.