I think I mentioned the “Help Mark” before, but there are many other marks related to disabilities.
If you are not a person with a disability, you may be surprised to know that some of them are unknown to you.
- Explanation of marks related to disability
- International Symbol for the Blind
- International Symbol for Persons with Disabilities
- Physical disability signs (physical disability mark)
- assistance dog mark
- Symbol mark for the promotion of the “White Cane SOS Signal
- Ostomate Equipment / Ostomates
- Heart Plus Mark
- Signs for the hearing impaired (Mark for the hearing impaired)
- Sign Language Marks
- speech mark
Explanation of marks related to disability
We will post an easy-to-understand summary of what types of marks are available.
Were there any marks that you all knew?
I also did not know some of them, so I will introduce some of them for mutual understanding.
International Symbol for the Blind
This mark is placed on buildings, facilities, and equipment that are designed for the safety and barrier-free access of the visually impaired. You can find this mark on traffic signals, international Braille mailings, books, and other familiar items.
International Symbol for Persons with Disabilities
This is a universal symbol to clearly indicate that a building or facility is accessible to people with disabilities.
When you see this symbol in parking lots, etc., we ask for your understanding and cooperation in consideration of the use by persons with disabilities.
※This mark is intended for all disabled persons. It is not intended to be used specifically for people with disabilities who use wheelchairs.
Physical disability signs (physical disability mark)
This mark is required to be displayed on vehicles driven by those who have conditions attached to their licenses due to their physical disability, and it is mandatory for them to make an effort to display the mark.
assistance dog mark
This mark is used to raise awareness of the Act on Assistance Dogs for the Physically Disabled. Assistance dogs for the physically challenged are guide dogs, service dogs, and hearing dogs. Under the Disabled Persons Assistance Dog Law, public facilities and transportation facilities, as well as private facilities such as department stores, supermarkets, hotels, and restaurants, are obligated to accept disabled persons accompanied by a disabled person’s assistance dog.
Symbol for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing “Ear Mark
This mark was conceived in response to the need for self-disclosure as “I am deaf.” The arrow is meant to symbolize a positive way of life that seeks to improve and guarantee hearing for all people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Deaf people are not recognizable from the outside.
Symbol mark for the promotion of the “White Cane SOS Signal
This is a symbol mark to raise awareness of the “White Cane SOS Signal” campaign, which encourages people with visual impairments who see a person with a white cane raised about 50 cm above their head indicating an SOS signal to call out to the person and offer support.
Ostomate Equipment / Ostomates
What does “ostomate” mean?
An ostomate is a person who has a stoma (artificial anus or bladder) for defecation due to various diseases or accidents.
Heart Plus Mark
The “Heart Plus” mark is used to promote understanding of internal disabilities or to indicate that a person has an internal disability, and is being promoted nationwide by the “Heart Plus Association. The “Heart Plus” mark is a symbol for the “heart,” which means internal disability, and “plus” the spirit of compassion.
Signs for the hearing impaired (Mark for the hearing impaired)
Ear Mark This mark is used in Japan to indicate that a person is deaf or hard of hearing. Because the mark is not visually recognizable, hearing-impaired people are often misunderstood, suffer disadvantages, and experience anxiety in social life. If you are presented with this mark, please be aware that the other person “cannot hear” and be considerate in your communication methods.
Here are some links to other websites that have been compiled for your reference.
Fro Cabinet Office websitem the Cabinet Office website
You don’t see these marks around town very often.
There are also “sign language mark” and “written communication mark”.
Sign Language Marks
This mark can be displayed at the counter of a facility to indicate that “sign language is used” or “someone is available for written communication”.
Writing mark People in need of written communication (including the Deaf and others, people with speech and language disabilities, people with intellectual disabilities, foreigners, etc.).
I have a mild hearing loss disability and sometimes I have trouble hearing and have to repeat myself, especially when I am paying the bill or speaking verbally about something.
I would like you to speak louder and closer. Even so, there are times when I still can’t hear, so I understand if you could leave your words in a way that I can understand them, such as through written communication, typing sentences into letters, or exchanging e-mails.
What were some of the challenges you faced due to your deafness?
At the time of my job interview, I was not hired because I could not hear many times, or I could not hear what he was explaining to me and just answered “I understand”.
This kind of marking for the deaf was not widespread, and deaf people were discriminated against a lot. In many situations.
I was smarter than normal people in some areas. Some people have multiple diseases and have disabilities that are not apparent, such as deafness, so I would like the world to be more understanding of people with hearing loss.
It was a good learning experience to know that there are various marks.
・In addition to physical disabilities
・Hearing impairments, which are difficult to recognize by appearance alone.
・The visually impaired, who have difficulty in seeing and cannot see.
There have been others, such as the following.
Recently, the recognition of disabilities has been raised by people with disabilities who are willing to wear the mark.
A typical example is the “Help Mark” with a red plus sign on it.
In addition, I am very grateful that explanations of the mark are now being posted at train stations.
So let’s continue to work together with everyone to raise awareness of the mark, learn more about disabilities, and proactively help each other when in need.