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Six men and women stand against the sun-drenched wood paneling of the restroom.

Photo Album for Southeast Facilities & Visitor Services Workshop, September 2000

Café and Railroad

The team pictured above surveyed the indoor and outdoor parts of the Caterpillar Café and the restrooms nearby. They also took a ride on the narrow-gauge railroad that circles the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science.

A pair of wheelchair users at left head indoors to the food service area while three women at right walk into the shade of the seating area.

After surveying the restrooms and noting the need for stall door handles that can be manipulated with a closed fist, the group split up to survey the café.

Two napkin holders set one on top of the other atop a trash and recycling bin inside the food service area.

Some group members took measurements inside the cafe, paying attention to heights of counters where food, utensils, and napkins are available.

A man in blue stretches a tape measure from the table where a woman is seated at left to an adjacent table at right.

Others surveyed the outside eating area. They measured from the ground to the tops of tables and the knee space below them. They measured the spaces between tables and chairs to determine whether aisle widths allowed diners with disabilities to move easily.

Non-wheelchair users in the group took turns using a wheelchair to get a feel for what was needed.

Two group members in wheelchairs sit in the last car of the open-air train while their colleagues stand around the car.

This group also rode the narrow-gauge railroad, where seating in the last car has been removed for passengers who use wheelchairs.

Group members recommended adding a folding bench to the last car to allow friends and family to ride with wheelchair users.

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