|Reevaluate Your Restaurant
This photo shows a large case containing
cold beverages. Because of the lack of toe and knee space, customers
like me who use wheelchairs have only one option--a side approach.
But that's not why we took the photo. What I want to show is the difficulty
of reaching drinks on the top rows. When I pointed out to a salesperson
that arranging beverages vertically rather than horizontally would
make for greater access to the variety of beverages offered--both
for me and other customers--she readily agreed. In fact, she seemed
to think the vertical arrangement an easy solution and, within a week,
the change was made! Beth, Washington, DC
Here's a way to make fixing coffee accessible.
I assume this idea can be used elsewhere. The photo is from the ADA
Guide for Small Businesses S, Washington, DC
These two drawings were taken from the Uniform Federal Accessibility
Standards Retrofit Manual, published in 1991. For me, they reiterate
several key points. The first shows a man in a wheelchair seated at a
table. I think he may be at work, but he could also be at a museum café
enjoying a cup of coffee while using his laptop. In addition to noting
the minimum or range for knee space (19 inches minimum),and table bottom
(27 inches minimum above the floor) and top (28 to 34 inches above the
floor), it shows the importance of choosing a pedestal that allows for
ample toe space.
When possible, outdoor furnishings should be
located adjacent to an accessible route on a level, firm surface which
provides ample maneuvering space. Outdoor furnishings should be designed
so that water drains from all surfaces. Furnishings should be
constructed of materials that do not splinter, peel, or retain excessive
amounts of heat or dampness.
S, Washington, D.C.
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