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For December 2014:

How to make light switches more accessible

For the most part, light switches are relatively accessible to those who are blind, partially sighted, and those with a disability but from time to time there needs to be a little checklist made out so that we all remember. Here is my little check list and hopefully it will help to give you a kick start.

  1. Make sure that light switches are located in appropriate spots on your wall.
  2. Make sure that they are easy to turn on and off. That is, that it is easy to maneuver the lever or knob on the switch.
  3. Make sure that it is logical to figure out how the lever works. That is, lever up is for on and lever down is for off. Press switch in and it is on and press again and it is off. Slide to the right and it is on and slide to the left and it is off.
  4. That each time the switch is turned on and off it makes a clicking sound.
  5. That for those who are partially sighted and have enough vision to find the switch that the switch itself is easy to distinguish from the rest of the wall.
  6. That the switch is placed at a reasonable level for those in wheel chairs.

This should be a good start for you to make your light switches easily accessible.

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