Reduced mobility is something that many of us do not think twice about, but it is something that millions of people all around the world live with every day.
People with disabilities do not have the same opportunities as people without disabilities: they face barriers when studying, looking for a job, travelling, purchasing goods and services or simply accessing information.
Mobility has become one of the major issues concerning the disabled. Plainly put, how are they going to get around?
Through technology there has been the creation of mobility aids like electric wheelchairs, lift vans and ramps etc., but the fact remains that people with disabilities are meeting physical barriers every day preventing them from having full access in entering retail outlets, establishments, public buildings, restaurants and stores to purchase something or to be served.
What are the Typical Physical Barriers to Access in a Building?
The most common barriers are Heavy doors, steps, revolving doors and carousals; all making the task of entering the premises very difficult for a disabled person and at times impossible.
Having difficulty in entering the premises is not the only challenge a disabled person has.
- When shopping, a disabled person will need help in reaching products that are on higher shelves etc.
- In some cases the isles are too narrow to allow for a wheelchair to pass through and therefore there is no accessibility to the products on display.
- Attaining services in many situations has proven to be a difficult task for disabled people. Take for example filling-up a car with petrol. In many cases the petrol station's worker has no idea that someone is in need of help.