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For Februrary 2013:

How to make elevators more accessible

In the case of this, there is really not too much to be done here and I'll give you my thoughts but I need you to remember that these points can make your elevator accessible to everyone. You may want to take it in steps but it is entirely up to you.

  1. You can label your buttons in large print, in raised print, and in Braille. Most elevators already have large print and raised print so you would only need to implement the Braille aspect. Raised print refers to a person being able to feel the raised letters and numbers of buttons in your elevator.
  2. If at all possible, you need to have the panel of buttons in your elevator laid out in such a way as to not have them cluttered together.
  3. Your panel needs to be reachable by those in wheelchairs.
  4. It would help to have lights light up the buttons as they are pressed and that the buttons that have been pressed light up when the desired floor is reached.
  5. A sound to indicate if elevators are going up or down would be very helpful. Several elevators already have this; 2 dings to indicate that the elevator is going down and 1 ding to indicate that it is going up.
  6. Several elevators already have lights above the elevator to indicate its direction when moving. Green for going down and red for going up.
  7. A talking indicator would also be a nice-to-have so that as the elevator stops at each floor a talking indicator announces the number of the floor.
  8. Be sure to have buttons in your elevator that one can use to communicate with someone outside of the elevator in case of an emergency and make sure that these buttons are clearly labeled in large print, raised print, and Braille.
  9. Finally, and if possible, the location of your elevator needs to be well planned so that it is accessible to everyone and in addition, the door of the elevator needs to be clearly identified in a bright color. The buttons outside of your elevator also need to be clearly labeled in large print, raised print, and in Braille.

I hope that these tips are helpful to you.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and roving reporter, wishing you a terrific day.

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