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Public Access for Wheelchair Users

Those who find it hard to walk, whether due to permanent disabilities or temporary illnesses and injuries, have no choice but to use wheelchairs or other assistive devices to keep them mobile. Wheelchairs are currently considered to be the most popular type of mobility device.

In many major countries, laws have been created that require public buildings to be constructed to accommodate wheelchair users. Public buildings are required to install facilities to accomodate for wheelchair users such as wheelchair ramps, wheelchair lifts and automatic opening doors. Furthermore, many amenities like sinks have been installed lower so that seated individuals can still make use of them without difficulty. Grab bars and large stall spaces can also be found in many bathrooms.

In addition, hospitals have been adding wheelchair ramps across all floors. Ramps are even designed and installed carefully to ensure that wheelchair users will not find them to steep. For multi-storey buildings, wheelchair ramps can be found in most of the lower floors and lifts are made to be accessible to wheelchair users.

Smaller portable wheelchair ramps are also available in some buildings that were built before legislation for accommodating wheelchair users. Even public transport has been more accommodating as wheelchair ramps that are portable are now featured in many train and bus stations. Airports have done the same.

Regular lifts that are often found in small buildings or less frequented areas can generally accommodate 6 to 8 people at a time. However, larger building and public areas that are frequented by larger amounts of people have the need to make use of much larger lifts because wheelchair users must have enough space to manoeuvre their mobility devices in and out of the lift.

Because buildings and public facilities have become more accommodating to wheelchair users, physically disabled individuals are now able to enjoy more areas in their neighbourhood. Although much more can be done in many different areas, the changes that have been made are enormous.

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