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Guidelines and Resources for Designing Grocery Check-Stands

This PDF document from CATEA, Center for Assistive Technology & Environmental Access, is an illustrated guide that provides information that can be used to design, develop, test, refine, and evaluate retail grocery checkstands. This guide is meant to maximize independence and participation of people with disabilities in the workplace and includes diagrams with measurements for work spaces.

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Posted by: aura on Sun Dec 12, 2010 at 5 p.m.

I like the sections on typical Employee concerns, on universal design, and on ADA guidelines. This is very practical and useful information.

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Posted by: Autumn1 on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 8:13 p.m.

This is an interesting page because I have never see accessibility standards for grocery store checkstands. When I was looking through the different standards, it made me understand how these standards can be really important for accessibility.

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Posted by: slarcom on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 2:18 p.m.

Overall I thought this was a great explanation of the problems with checkstands. The pictures were very helpful in explaining the problems. I like the way it shows the employee side and the customer side, and the problems with each. I like how this is looking at what it best for both employee and the customer. the objectives are very clear. This is an interesting topic that I never thought much about.

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Posted by: shannongrace22 on Tue Dec 02, 2014 at 11:28 p.m.

As said previously, the pictures were an important aspect of this and extremely helpful!

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Posted by: Batooll on Wed Nov 11, 2015 at 9:16 p.m.

intersting information!
I mostly like the last two pages that show in pictures the regulations the employee and the customers side as well.

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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