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Wheelchair Wheelchair Presentation Transcript

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