ACCESS through architecture

Lopez, Carol Peredo
April 2005
PN;Apr2005, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p42
Trade Publication
The article describes offices and workstations for disabled people. Manufacturers now provide more options of furniture with wheels. Sometimes an office can be a small writing desk, located in a family room-or it can be a designated room filled with equipment. Furniture should be selected based on an individual's aesthetic preferences as well as practical reasons. Turning space at the workstation is a must for wheelchair users. Turning space size needs vary depending on wheelchair type. Manual chairs, for example, require a smaller turning radius than do power wheelchairs. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines require a five-foot-diameter circular space for a wheelchair to make a 360-degree turn.


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