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Ways that Businesses Can Create a Handicap Accessible Environment

An essential component of a successful business is to ensure that if makes its customers feel comfortable and included. While businesses often must adhere to regulations by law for the disabled community, going above and beyond can make all the difference. While adding certain accommodations can be costly, it is worth it in many cases for companies to invest in accessibility. 

Here are some great ways to remind disabled consumers that they are recognized and that things are accessible. 

Decrease the number of staircases or steps in a store for individuals in wheelchairs 

While some buildings or stores must have staircases, flat surfaces are easiest for mobility. If staircases are a must, elevators or ramps should be available for disabled individuals to use if they are in a wheelchair or use a cane or walker. It is also great to be mindful of not having products too high up on shelves as some cannot reach them if they experience movement difficulty. 

Install handles in the restroom to ensure balance for those with mobility issues

While most public bathrooms have large stalls for handicap accessibility, it is very helpful to install a large bar for the person to grip to help make sure they are balanced and don’t fall when using the bathroom. Making sure the sink is at an appropriate height for those in a wheelchair is essential as well. It is also important to ensure that wet floors are dried or at least have warning signs to prevent customers from slipping and becoming injured. 

Increase font sizes on items such as price tags or menus for the visually impaired 

If you have a restaurant where you have paper menus or a large, posted menu above the register, make sure the font is large and legible. Many people suffer from visual impairments, even if it’s just needing to wear glasses or contacts daily. Businesses should aim to prevent eye strain and difficulty reading their product offerings. 

Be open-minded to offering employment opportunities to the disabled community 

Some clients may enjoy a business so much that they become interested in potential employment opportunities. While some regulations require the hiring of a certain quantity of disabled adults, some may not. Being open-minded to the possibility of hiring someone with a disability or disorder can not only boost their confidence, but they are likely to surprise you and be an even greater employment candidate than expected. It is a common misconception that disabled adults are not satisfactory workers and that is inaccurate. 

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