Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Meeting Place Inspection Form - Accessability
Re: Meeting Place Inspection Form - Accessability
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 09:38:07 -0400
On Fri, 16 Apr 1999, jay.thal wrote:
> parents, and leaders. This would include, at minimum: 32" door
> openings; 36" pathways; ramping where necessary; a "unisex" (at least)
> accessible bathroom and facilities; elevators or lifts to floors above
> ground level: water fountains (or cup dispensers) at an appropriate
> level; etc.
A couple of stray thoughts about the above: You can't necessarily rely
on your builder/contractor in those matters.
All of you, next time you walk up a ramp to a door -- look at the door
sill. I've seen many an access ramp halt at a 2-inch sill.
A cup dispenser needs to dispense the cups at about counter-top height
or it can't be reached from a chair across the counter. (Of course if
you put it down there, the non-handicap will run into it sure as shootin'.)
An over-sized handicap stall where the toilet is UNDER the hand rail
isn't very useful to anyone at all -- unless you came in with a small boy.
Ladies, how many of you have been in the handicapped stall and found
yourself reaching UP to hook your purse on the coat hook? How'd you
figure to do that from a wheelchair? (And speaking as one who spent
waaaaay too much time on crutches, women who use crutches are unlikely to
have a purse! Fannypacks must be lifesavers these days!)
And, ladies, am I the only one who enters the Ladies' room at McD's or BK
and finds myself climbing onto the toiletseat, balancing with one hand on
the tissue dispenser and the other on the sanitary disposal, turning around,
closing the door, climbing down, wiping the seat, etc??? I was in one
the other day where the door barely cleared the tissue dispenser and
DIDN'T clear the toilet if the seat was down. Now I ask you? Who's the
genius behind this? (g)