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Bulletin Board, Blackboard, and Dry-Erase/White Board Purchase, and Installation Guidelines

This protocol addresses the needs of all users to access standard bulletin boards, blackboards, and white/dry-erase boards. Currently, ADA has guidelines for signage, but does not include bulletin board, blackboard, or white board guidelines. ADA requires that signs be hung at 60” to the mid-height of the sign (ADA, 2002). Although this is useful for signs, 60” places small boards too high for the reach of many users.

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Accessible Bulletin Boards  (PDF File) (ACCESS-ed)

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Posted by: Karthikeyan Sadhasivam on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.

Accessible bulletin board purchase and installation guidelines are good. They have considered the height of wheel chair users to access black boards. Normal eye height of a wheel chair user is 43" to 51", since height to the center of the board is mentioned 54". Some of the wheel chair users with eye-height at the lower end might have difficulties and might adopt an awkward posture while writing on the board. But still this specification covers a large population of wheel chair users.

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Posted by: sonjabackus on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 3:54 p.m.

The guidelines given are very helpful. The document showed the proper heights for blackboards given a wheelchair user however could show more pictures.

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