Wheelchair vs handicapped accessible
Is there a legal difference between calling something handicapped accessible versus wheelchair accessible?
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Re: Wheelchair vs handicapped accessible
Yes. Handicap accessible is all-encompassing. Wheelchair accessibility is just that, accessibility for those who use wheelchairs.
One example: An elevator might be wheelchair
accessible, but if the numbers are not in Braille,
then a sight-handicapped person is not going to
be able to use it without assistance from someone
Another example: A warning signal that uses
SOUND would not be sufficient to warn a
hearing-impaired person. I've heard it said that
the hearing-impaired can "hear" music through the
vibrations in a floor . . . but could the sound be "felt"
through a thick-carpeted floor in a commercial environment such as an upscale office building.
A warning signal that would use flashing
colored lights as well would be appropriate for
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