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Wheelchair

  1. 1. My Wheelchair Friendly Classroom By Mohamad A February 2011 ACS- 4D
  2. 2. Awareness <ul><li>Before we share the designs of a wheelchair accessible classroom, we need to accept a student or a teacher in a wheelchair or using crutches. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are all different. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We can accept people of different heights and hair color, but we stare and avoid a person in a wheelchair. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>That needs to change. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Question: A Tour on Crutches <ul><li>Have you ever wondered about touring the school in a wheelchair or using crutches? </li></ul><ul><li>I have…….. </li></ul><ul><li>for the past seven weeks…. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>I have faced difficulties in entering and exiting rooms. </li></ul><ul><li>I have faced barriers in going up and down the stairs. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Entering <ul><li>The first adjustment should be the classroom doorway. </li></ul><ul><li>It should be cleared of movable furniture so the wheelchair can roll with ease into the classroom. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Door sills need to be flat or ramped. Doors should be at least 36 inches wide.
  7. 7. Navigating <ul><li>Once inside the room a 6-by-6 foot area is needed for turning a wheelchair without bumping into anybody. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep books and supplies on shelves not in stacks on the floors or tables. </li></ul><ul><li>The path to all major areas of the classroom (student’s desk, teacher’s desk, doorway, cubbyholes, etc..) should be unobstructed at all times. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Accessing <ul><li>The class should have: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least 36-inch wide aisles </li></ul></ul>Wheelchair accessible desks Hip-height bookcases and shelves
  9. 9. <ul><li>Accessible restrooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tables with legs that are set back from the corner </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Asking for Help <ul><li>A dependable and responsible buddy should be assigned. His duties include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>removing items out of the way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helping the person in the wheelchair to safety incase of an emergency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>assisting in getting supplies </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. The Answer: Universal Design <ul><li>Having a wheelchair friendly classroom is not enough! </li></ul><ul><li>The school needs to be wheelchair friendly too (elevators,wide hallways, and ramps). </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the use of a wheelchair friendly classroom that we can’t reach. </li></ul><ul><li>Designing a school that is suitable for everyone is the solution. </li></ul>
  12. 12. References <ul><li>www.ada.gov ( Americans with Disabilities Act) </li></ul><ul><li>www.hertzfurniture.com ( Wheelchair Friendly Desks) </li></ul><ul><li>www.staff.washington.edu ( Universal Design in the Classroom and Computer Lab ) </li></ul><ul><li>www.essortment.com ( Tips for Teachers with Wheelchair Students ) </li></ul>

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