Inclusive Built Environment

Inclusive Built Environment

Make sure there is free and unimpeded access to and from your buildings. Make full use of all areas and functions of the buildings and other physical features that make up the built environment. For example, allow space between desks for comfortable common reach zones.

  • Provide accessible car-parking spaces.
  • Allow at least 1800mm width for pathways – the minimum required for two wheelchairs to freely pass each other.
  • Make sure clear headroom of minimum 2200mm is maintained.
  • Provide tactile paving to help people with impaired vision.
  • Provide handrails on stairs.
  • Make sure doors are accessible – for example, revolving doors are not suitable for all users so an alternative access should be provided.
  • Provide signage that is in large font size (for people with impaired vision) and use easily recognisable symbols, pictograms and directional arrows (for people with reading difficulties).
  • Provide accessible toilets including grabrails and other accessible fixtures.
  • Make sure everyone can access special events – for example, an office birthday celebration, a send-off for a colleague, and so on.

 Source: Irish Wheelchair Association