By GALA Expert
August 8, 2023
A list of considerations for your chorus to think about Mobility Accessibility
- Is the public transit station wheelchair accessible?
- Is there an accessible route to the building from the stop?
- Is there an accessible front entrance?
- If there are stairs at the main entrance, is there also a ramp or lift present?
- Do inaccessible entrances provide signage to the accessible entrance?
- Is the international symbol of accessibility provided at the accessible entrance?
- Is the accessible entrance kept unlocked?
- Is the entrance door at least 32 inches wide?
- Does the accessible entrance provide direct access to the main floor, lobby, or elevator?
Entrance Door Handles
- Is there 18 inches of clear wall space on the pull side of the door, next to handle?
- Can door handle be operated with one hand without grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist?
- Is it door handle no higher than 48 inches?
Mats and Ramps
- Are door mats less than 1 inch high and secured to the floor at all edges?
- Do ramps longer than 6 feet have handrails on both sides?
- Are the handrails sturdy and between 34 and 38 inches high?
- Is the width between handrails a minimum of 36 inches?
- Is the ramp firm, stable and non-slip and designed to prevent water buildup on the surface?
- If the ramp changes direction, is there a 5 foot by 5 foot landing provided?
- Is there a level landing located at the top and bottom of the ramp?
- Is there an accessible route between accessible buildings?
- Are grates designed to allow wheelchair access?
- Are all public spaces on an accessible path of travel?
- Is there a 5-foot circle or a T-shaped space for a person using a wheelchair to reverse direction?
- Are all aisles and pathways to all goods and services at least 36 inches wide?
- Is carpeting low-pile, tightly woven, and securely attached along edges?
- Are elevator call buttons in the hallway no higher than 42 inches?
- Can the wheelchair lift be used without assistance?
- Are drinking fountain spouts no higher than 36 inches?
- Do drinking fountains have clear knee space of at least 27 inches?
Other Mobility Accessibility Concerns
- Are there chairs designated and labeled for individuals who use assistance when walking (crutches, canes)?
- Are ushers correctly trained to ask those with disabilities if they need assistance? [Assistance is determined by the individual, not by the usher].