Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UD and The Basement Ramp

On quick glance (and use) there are a few of the UD principles that are not exemplified with this ramp:

  • Equitable use: the wheelchair bound person may make it through OK, but the person in a walker or crutches may not fair well.
  • Tolerance for error: The design makes it very susceptible to "hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions."
  • Low physical effort: the person who volunteers to push a wheelchair up or down this ramp has to exert much energy. Ironically, the day I took the pictures, I overheard a volunteer say "I don't know how your brother does it. I am beat!"
  • Size and space for approach and use: the size of the hallway and doorways are appropriate for the one wheelchair bound parishioner. Larger and taller individuals will have trouble.
One major change I would attempt to make on this ramp would be to reduce the slope. I do doubt, although not 100% sure, that the slope of the ramp is 1:12 height to length. Another issue is the door frame by the church inner entry. It requires the wheelchair to be lifted slightly. The height is perfect for someone who is less than 5' tall. Finally, something has to be done to about the grip and surface of the slope.

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