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Steps you can take to make your building more disabled access friendly


At the entrance to the building.

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A simple improvement is to install a bell with the symbol of a wheelchair outside the building, at a height that someone who uses a wheelchair can reach.  When pressed it will alert staff that somebody with physical disabilities wishes to enter the building.

 

If there are any steps at the entrance to your building if possible, place a handrail on both sides of these steps, as people with mobility difficulties need extra support when climbing up or down steps.  

See if a metal ramp can easily be placed at the entrance of the building. The good thing is that it does not have to be permanent and can easily and inexpensively be made to order. When measuring remember that for the width an average wheelchair is 60cm, and you should allow at least an extra 10cm on both sides.  The length should be long enough to ensure that the angle is not too steep. Also bear in mind that it needs to be strong enough to take the weight of the wheelchair, the user and often someone else pushing.

Try to ensure that door handles are at a height that a person who uses a wheelchair can reach and ensure that your entrance is clear from clutter, boxes etc.

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In the reception area

Think about how much room someone who uses a wheelchair needs to be able to move around. Doorways and lift doors need to be at least 60cm wide.

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Try to make sure there is an area in reception where a wheelchair user could write or sign papers easily and talk to your staff face to face.  This might mean lowering part of your reception desk, providing a small table, or if these solutions are not possible at least providing a good clipboard.

 

See if you could make a toilet accessible for someone who uses a wheelchair.  This means a doorway which is at least 60cm side, flat access, room for manoeuvre and handrails fixed to the wall for support.

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 In your reception area a positive message would be to display a copy of the UN booklet “It’s about Ability”.

In the classroom

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If you have a student who uses a wheelchair make sure that they are always in a classroom which is accessible, and seated in a position where they can see the board without any physical discomfort. It is also important that they can sit and write comfortably – which may perhaps mean buying a suitable tableChoose one that will allow the student who uses the wheelchair to sit together with a classmate.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Administrator.