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For August 2015:

Swimming Pools

It is all about making your swimming pool accessible in such a way as to enable a person with a disability to be able to swim in your pool. You may think that this may be a huge inconvenience for you but I'll give you a few tips to get you started.

  • First, your pool needs to be painted in colors that are easy to see for those who are low vision and for the most part most pools are painted in such a way.
  • Next, the tiles surrounding the pool should be done in a color that contrasts markedly to the color of the pool.
  • Third, The interior of the pool should have clear demarcations to denote the shallow from the deep. That is, through color, different textures of tiles that can be felt under foot.
  • Fourth, it should be easy to distinguish walls of the pool for those with low vision. As long as it is easy to see the walls then you are okay.
  • Fifth, with regard to steps leading into the pool: They should be easy to find, they should be paved with skid free tiles, and there should be rails on both sides of the steps.
  • Sixth, there should be a distinguishing tile placed at the top of the step so that someone with little or no vision can feel the difference so as to be able to distinguish the edge of the steps and tell the difference between the edge and the tiles surrounding the pool.

This should be a good start and this list is by no means complete.

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