5 Ways To Make Public Places Friendly For People With Disabilities

Public places should be functional and accessible for all as it’s the basic necessity. Here are 5 steps that can make public places more accessible for people with disabilities:

Ramps In Public Places

A ramp is an inclined plane installed in addition to stairs to aid mobility in elevated and/or multi-storied buildings. Ramps should be installed in public places like schools, universities, and shopping malls to aid the mobility of wheelchair users along with for people who walk using sticks or strollers.

Braille Signs On Staircase Handrails, Elevators, public signs

Braille is a system of raised dots that can be read with fingers by a person with vision impairment. Braille signage on the public signs should be installed on handrails, restrooms and elevators so that it becomes handy for vision-impaired people to navigate spaces.

Reserved Parking

Accessible parking provisions should be created close to the entrance of parking lots and/or near the entrance of the building to ensure people with disabilities do not have to navigate spaces that are not accessible. The spots should be marked with proper ISA (International Wheelchair Symbol).

Stair Lift

A stairlift is a mechanical device used for lifting people. It should be installed to augment staircase mobility where traditional ramps might not be feasible.

Accessible Toilets

Making public toilets accessible with grab rails, emergency alarms, lower sinks and toilet seats, ample space for wheelchair movement and lightweight doors allows for use by all