US Access Board Animations

Have you checked out the animations on the US Access Board website?  These are excellent visual tools to explain the ADA Standards!

Wheelchair Maneuvering – Captioned

Maneuvering at Doors – Captioned

Accessible Toilet Rooms – Captioned

Accessible Bathing Facilities – Captioned

Protruding Objects – Captioned

Parking and Passenger Loading Zones – Captioned

Signs – Captioned


Oops Files #2: Don’t believe what you read

Just about a year ago, I did a post that urged readers to do their own review of manufacturer’s claims of ADA compliance. Recently, I stumbled on a few humorous oops’ by manufacturers that I thought I’d share. You certainly shouldn’t believe everything you read!


{Manufacturer identity hidden to protect the guilty}

Hotel Website Typo

{A toilet seat that is about as tall as my table, hmmm.}

Best Practices: Less is NOT more

Mug reads "Less is More"

With the release of new research by the IDea Center, it is clear that the current code standards for “how big” might not accommodate as many people who use mobility devices as we would like. While the International Code Council is looking into what changes might be reasonable in future code iterations to respond to the research data, there are some things you can do now to increase the chance of accommodating more people.

Don’t design to the minimums.

When it comes to the size of a toilet stall or a clear floor space, more is better. “How much more?” is the obvious next question. Until we know the answer, I’d say “whatever you can provide!” If you can eek out 6″ more for a toilet stall depth or in the turning radius, that would be useful and appreciated.

Be cautious that you are designing above minimums, not outside of a given range. If the code says “18 inches minimum” then more is ok. If it says “16 to 18 inches”, then more is NOT allowed. You know the drill.

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Best Practices: Vertical Door Control Switches


Round Door switch

Round Door switch with ISA

When Architects specify automatic door activation switches, they usually pick one like this round plate with the International Symbol of Access (ISA) on the face. The bigger plates are more usable because it takes less fine motor control to hit the larger surface.

INGRESS’R®, the vertical control switch, offers much more usability for a range of users than the typical door control switch. Folks who don’t have the ability to reach far with their arms can use any body part or component of their mobility device to trigger the switch. A wheelchair footrest, an elbow, or a toe can push this switch to operate a door.

Ingress'r on wall

Using a wheelchair footrest to trigger the Ingress'r

Truly Universal!

The Ingress’r can also be used as an elevator hall call switch or as the floor call buttons in the elevator.  This can increase the usability of elevator controls for users with more limited reach.

Ingress'r as Elevator call buttons

Ingress'r as Elevator call buttons


All photos from the Wikk Industries, Inc.