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Accessible Route AUDIT

People with disabilities frequently encounter obstacles when they attempt to get from point A to point B. Do you have a particular walkway or route on campus that you know has caused a problem for someone with a disability? Feel free to try out this AUDIT to see how universally desgned the route is. What is the impact of special events parking on an accessible route? This AUDIT has guidelines when detours are necessary.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Accessible Route AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Accessible Route AUDIT Manual  (PDF File)

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Posted by: Karthikeyan Sadhasivam on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 12:46 p.m.

This section has covered all features of disabilities for accessible route. It has even considered the surface firmness and stability, but one drawback is that it doesn't give a value for co-efficient of friction. Co-efficient of friction for normal surfaces is 0.3. So this leaves a doubt if we have to assume 0.3.Except this all other features were really excellent, including the spaces, clearances, snow factor, height and width of accessible route etc.

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Posted by: OmidJahanian on Thu Nov 12, 2015 at 7:35 a.m.

Accessibility and Usability of routs are well covered in this section. accessibility and usability of routes for people with Mobility and visual impairments are discussed in details, but there are not sufficient information for accessibility and usability of routes for people with cognitive disability.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability