These symbols advise the accessibility of your venue, gallery, event or performance. It tells audiences, patrons and anyone else who needs access to be part of your arts. Let people know your accessibility and include these symbols on communication collateral including: advertisements, websites, program brochures, membership forms, signage, floor plans and maps.
You can download our accessibility poster and icons to use for your next event, accessibility update or to put in your office to help others understand accessibility better.
The Information Symbol
The most valuable commodity in today's society is information; to a person with disability it is essential. For example, the symbol may be used on signage or on a floor plan to indicate the location of the information or security desk, where there is more specific information or materials concerning access accommodations and services such as "LARGE PRINT" materials, audio cassette recordings of materials, or sign interpreted tours.
The Companion Card
The Companion Card is issued to disabled people who require lifelong attendant care support, to enable participation at events, activities and venues without incurring the price of a second ticket for their companion.
Audio description enhances live performance, film and visual art for people who are Blind or vision impaired. Through a small radio receiver the patron receives a spoken description of visual elements by a trained audio describer.
Braille indicates that written materials are available in Braille. This could include labelling, marketing, publications and signage at the venue.
Written materials are available in large print. This could include labelling, marketing, publications and signage at the venue.
This symbol may be used to indicate access for people who are blind or have low vision, including: a guided tour, a path to a nature trail or a scent garden in a park; and a tactile tour or a museum exhibition that may be touched.
The wheelchair symbol should only be used to indicate access for individuals with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. For example, the symbol is used to indicate an accessible entrance, bathroom or that a phone is lowered for 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.
Sign Language Interpretation
Using the Sign Language Interpreting symbol tells Deaf Australian Sign Language (Auslan) users that Auslan interpreting is provided for a performance, film, guided exhibitions tour, forum, workshop or event. Interpreting ensures Deaf Auslan users can engage with the performance or event using their native language.
Assistive Listening System
Assistive listening systems are installed in many venues and are used to amplify or enhance sound quality via hearing aids, headsets or other devices. They include infrared, loop and FM systems. Portable systems may be available from the same audiovisual equipment suppliers that service conferences and meetings.
This icon indicates a performance or event specifically designed for people with autism spectrum conditions, learning disabilities or other sensory and communication disorders who benefit from a more relaxed and supportive environment. A relaxed attitude is taken to noise and movement among the audience and audience members can enter and exit the venue throughout the show.
Captioning turns audio content, such as dialogue and other sounds, into text for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
Open captioning is clearly and publicly displayed, often on screens or as part of embedded visual performance elements, for everyone to see; enabling the whole audience to read the captions.
Closed captioning offers users the option to turn captions on or off, depending on their preference (such as in YouTube and other online videos and television programs).
Visual Eye Symbols
The Visual Eye Symbols indicates what percentage of a performance or event is visually accessible for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
Visual Eye Symbol 100
No music of dialogue or all dialogue is open captioned.
Visual Eye Symbol 75
Fully open captioned providing access to spoken word but not background music or sounds.
Visual Eye Symbol 50
May have music/sounds in the background, or may be partly open captioned or scripts/descriptions are given to the audience before the event on request.