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Community Health Environment Checklists (CHECs)

This website describes a series of Community Health Environment Checklists or CHECs, which help to describe the accessibility of buildings using the lived experiences of persons with disabilities as a guide. Very quick and easy to administer.

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Posted by: alex blok on Tue Nov 25, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.

This is a pretty neat tool to know about because it assess the physical features of an environment. It really aims to look at if people can carry out the intended task in the community with relative ease. The survey looks at mobility, vision, and hearing challenges.

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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