The new symbol of accessibility was designed by the Graphic Design Unit of the UN Department of Public Information in New York. The global reach of this logo is conveyed by a circle, with the symmetrical figure connected to represent a harmony between humans in society.

This universal human figure with open arms symbolizes inclusion for people with disabilities, everywhere. The logo symbolizes hope and equal access for all. The Accessibility logo was created to raise awareness about disability related issues, and can be used to symbolize products, places and anything that is “disability-friendly” or accessible.

This includes accessibility of information, services, communication technologies, as well as physical access. It was reviewed and selected by the Focus Groups on Accessibility, working with the Inter-Departmental Task Force on Accessibility at the United Nations Secretariat. The group comprises of key civil society organizations, including organizations of persons with disabilities.