How accessible is your office, lobby, etc.?

How accessible is your office, lobby, etc.? Since I am still using a wheelchair for longer distances, I have had the opportunity to personally experience what folks call accessible in a variety of ways.

I was at an event last week where the main entrance had a blue accessibility sign but when I entered, I was told the venue was located upstairs and there was no elevator so my only choice was to go back outside in the frigid cold and wheel myself up to the complete other side of the building where the entrance was on the second floor. When I did finally make it to that entrance which had the blue accessibility sign, the doors were locked. In order to get inside, I had to wait outside in the frigid cold while someone went back to the other side of the building, walked to this entrance and opened the doors for me. Accessible? Not really.

If that was not bad enough, when I got to the hotel, the lobby entrance was fully accessible but in order to get to my accessible room (which was great) I had to manually open a door to get access to the first floor hallway while balancing luggage on my lap. Accessible? Not really.

The next time you tell a prospective employee, customer or friend that your building is fully accessible, you may want to think about what that really means by putting yourself in their shoes, walker, wheelchair, etc. When was the last time your company or organization had a physical barrier assessment? Perhaps 2010 is the year to have one. Contact Springboard today by calling 973-813-7260 or emailing us at (subject: Barrier Assessment) to learn more.

One Response to “How accessible is your office, lobby, etc.?”

  1. Shelley says:

    Nothing like a real life experience to emphasize the difference between “accessible” and “usable.” Current federal laws are “minimum” standards and don’t consider the whole picture.