Accessibility Standards in Modern Cities
One of the biggest problems faced by wheelchair bound people is the lack of uniform accessibility standards in buildings and cities. This is a very essential aspect of ensuring that wheelchair bound people have the freedom of mobility and do not need the assistance of a caregiver except in the most extreme circumstances.
Most developed countries have rules in place in order to ensure that public buildings and transportation facilities have the necessary modification to ensure proper accessibility for people using motorized wheelchairs or manual ones. In undeveloped nations, the situation is much more difficult. Standards have not be adapted or created and this leaves people with disabilities in a rather tough position.
All public buildings in the United States are required by law to have ramps at entry and exit points so that wheelchair bound people can enter or leave the building. They are also mandated to have restroom facilities that can accommodate even large motorized wheelchairs. Corridors have to be wide enough and uncluttered so that a wheelchair can pass, and they should also be able to navigate corners easily.
When it comes to public transportation, there is a push for 'low-floor' vehicles into which a wheelchair can easily enter with the aid of a ramp. The interior of the vehicles does not have steps, which can obstruct accessibility. Underground public transportation systems also have elevators and entry barriers that are large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.
Most wheelchair users face obstacles in housing projects and they have to pay for any modification that they need done.
These rules regarding wheelchair accessibility in public buildings and transportation are a great step in the direction of allowing wheelchair bound people the ability to function to the best of their abilities in society. It is time that more countries adopted these standards as well.
About the Author:
Bebo is concerned about accessibility for everyone because it personally affects his life. A member of his family uses motorized wheelchair and this fact led him to start a website/blog on motorized wheelchairs.