Make This Accessible

Look at the photos on this page and see if you can identify what is wrong with the accessibility in each one.

Another of the Mirror Sink Conundrum

What is wrong?

To be accessible, a bathroom should have at least one mirror and sink set at a height that is appropriate for a wheelchair user. While this sink is set lower, the mirror is far too high to be useful.

Bench in the way of the sidewalk.

What is wrong?

As can be seen here, sidewalks are only useful if there are no obstacles blocking the path of the user. This bench should have been placed on the sidewalk so that there is enough space for a wheelchair to pass by it easily, or not put in that location at all.

Car blocking ramp.

What is wrong?

Although parking with just a bit of the ramp blocked may not seem like a big deal, it makes the curb cut useless. Cars should respect curb cuts in the same way they do fire hydrants, and stay back so they can be reached and utilized.

Car blocking sidewalk.

What is wrong?

Since there is no concrete barrier to stop the car from backing all the way up over the sidewalk, the sidewalk is rendered useless. When the sidewalk is blocked, people who use wheelchairs or crutches are forced to walk in the street, a dangerous situation.

Fixed jury box chairs no allow for wheelchairs.

What is wrong?

Fixed chairs cannot be rearranged or removed easily, making many movie theaters, sporting venues, and this jury box inaccessible. Either space should be left for mobility devices or chairs should not be bolted down.

Handrails should be right beside the toilet.

What is wrong?

Grab bars are important to make bathrooms accessible, but in this case the toilet is too far away from the wall with the grab bars.

Nails Sticking out from strips.

What is wrong?

Small details make a big difference in terms of accessibility. Here, small nails are sticking out from the steps and could easily trip up or injure people who are blind or have low vision. They should be nailed all the way in or removed.

Needs higher contrast colors.

What is wrong?

Signs should be made using high contrast colors like black and white. Someone with low vision or some forms of color blindness may not be able to differentiate between this light gray and white.

Pedestrian button too far away from the sidewalk.

What is wrong?

Crosswalks are equipped with buttons that signal the light to change so pedestrians can cross. If the buttons are placed too far back from the sidewalk, they can become inaccessible. The pole should have been placed closer to the sidewalk.

Sidewalk covered in water.  Needs better drainage.

What is wrong?

Curb cuts have made sidewalks more accessible than in past years, since now people in wheelchairs can get onto the sidewalk. If the curb cut is underwater, though, it is just as useless as if it did not exist. Care should be taken to make sure drainage issues do not affect curb cuts.

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