Making a Library more Disabled-friendly

Libraries are supposed to be great repositories of knowledge for people willing to learn, disabled or not. As such, the facility must have ample access for them under Title III of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 2008 ADA Amendment Act. If you are operating or about to open a library in your community but want to accommodate more disabled users, an expert building contractor can set you up with the necessary additions.

Getting inside

Enabling more access to the disabled at the entrance solves a major part of the problem. If the library is atop a wide flight of stairs, your contractor may recommend fixing a section into a shallow-slope ramp to allow people on wheelchairs or crutches to move upward. The entrance doors must also be widened to help wheelchair-bound people enter easily or turn around; the same principle also applies to security checkpoints. However, if the entrance has glass doors, they must be clearly marked to prevent untoward accidents.

On the floor

Your contractor’s work on the library will be more fine-tuned once inside the library proper. The most important part is to have the bookcases widely spaced to allow for wheelchair movement and the shelves accessible for wheelchair-bound people. The comfort rooms themselves should have a separate stall for the disabled and defined by pictograms.

Having a library with sufficient accessibility for the disabled is always a good choice. You help them defy their status and become productive members of society.

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