ERIC Number: ED102763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Planning Facilities for Physically Handicapped Children. Fifth Annual Conference.
Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. School Planning Lab.
The conference report on planning usable, accessible educational facilities for physically handicapped (orthopedically, visually, and aurally impaired) children features guidelines for eliminating indoor and outdoor architectural barriers. In developing and evaluating the guidelines, the Tennessee School Planning Laboratory analyzed plans of other states for identifying handicapped students and for providing them with usable facilities, reviewed pertinent literature, and sought advice from experts on the special needs of the physically impaired. The ethical and legal rationale for including disabled students in regular schools is discussed by conference speakers, and general suggestions are offered in connection with vocational education and with options for conversion of available buildings to maximize accessibility. Presented are guidelines for the construction of new facilities in regard to exterior site preparation, such as the provision of easily accessible building entrances and elevators, nonslip ramp surfaces equipped with handrails, walks and curbs that facilitate unhindered movement, and special parking facilities located near buildings. Considered among guidelines for building interiors are recommendations concerning corridor width, stairway design, elevators, drinking fountains and restrooms, and special areas such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, swimming pools, and libraries. Photographs and drawings used to illustrate the text have been deleted because of poor reproducibility. (LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. School Planning Lab.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee