The “slashed-ear” symbol is widely used (often incorrectly) and so are symbols for “TTY”, “interpretation”, “volume control phone”, and others.
CAD-ASC rejects the slashed-ear symbol and supports the other symbols.
The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada formally rejected the use of the slashed-ear universal symbol of access in 1990. We brought our position to the attention of the World Federation of the Deaf, which had approved of the symbol, and persuaded the WFD to withdraw its support of it in 1991.
The slashed-ear symbol was rejected for many reasons:
CAD-ASC questions the need for a single symbol to indicate access for both Deaf and hard of hearing people, when the means of providing such access are so various. Wheelchair users need only physical space for their wheelchairs, thus one symbol suffices for them. Blind people need only verbal or tactile translation of visual information, thus one symbol suffices for them. Deaf and hard of hearing people, however, have a broad range of needs and devices which cannot all be represented by a single symbol.
We have suggested a Deaf-specific universal symbol: a pair of hands making the sign for “Sign”. This symbol is consistent with our approval of symbols that indicate specific access services in a positive way.
APPROVED: 3 JULY 2015
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada
606 – 251 Bank Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1X3