ERIC Number: ED170979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Opening Doors: A Handbook on Making Facilities Accessible to Handicapped People.
National Center for a Barrier Free Environment, Washington, DC.
The handbook focuses on the accessibility of facilities to handicapped individuals. General information on accessibility requirements mandated by law is provided. Information on state and local legislation on architectural barriers gives suggestions for where to write to find out what laws apply where. Definitions of terms such as accessible, barrier free, and usable are given; as well as a listing of conditions that create the need for an accessible environment. Minimum accessibility requirements for buildings are identified and federal funding for removal of barriers is discussed. Addresses of organizations with local chapters that may be able to assist in planning alternative ways of achieving accessibility are provided. The elements of an accessible system, including modifications in existing facilities, are listed as follows: parking, curb cuts, walkways, ramps, entrances, doors, floors, corridors, elevators, stairs, toilet rooms, and convenience and support facilities (such as drinking fountains and alarm signals). A short list of recommended resources is included. Addresses of information resources and sources for the international symbol of access are appended. (PHR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Community Services Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Stanley Works, New Britain, CT.
Authoring Institution: National Center for a Barrier Free Environment, Washington, DC.