If you are designing a new product or service, it is essential to consider the Accessibilité needs of all potential customers, including people with reduced mobility. Not all products and services will be compatible with people with disabilities. When choosing a design, be sure to consider a person’s ability and age. It is also helpful to think about the needs of people with mobility issues, such as those with limited eyesight. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep in mind:
Sock Aid: A sock assist can make it easier to put on your socks. Some people with limited mobility struggle to bend over and reach their feet. This lightweight product makes it easy for people with limited mobility to perform everyday tasks, such as putting on socks. Another product for those with limited hand mobility is the Lucy 4 Keyboard, which allows people with a limited use of hands to operate a computer. Users can mount the battery-operated laser pointer onto a headband or glasses, and choose from a variety of custom stand-up keyboard options.
How Can I Find an Accessible Toilet?
This is probably the most important question of all! Finding an accessible toilet can be a challenge. Here are a few tips:
- Look for toilets with a wheelchair symbol or with the words “Accessible toilet available” next to the toilets. This means that the toilet is fully accessible and can be used by wheelchair users.
- Check the toilets against the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design . These standards tell you what to look out for when buying an accessible toilet.
- Check the toilets for the weight capacity. The weight capacity tells you how much weight the toilet can handle and what the toilet is not designed to handle. If you are unsure whether a toilet can handle your weight, try putting a lighter object on the toilet first.
- Always check the toilets for comfort. If a toilet is not comfortable to sit on, you won’t want to sit on it for long. Make sure the seat is well-padded, the back is comfortable and the height is correct for your height.
- Always test the toilets before you use them. You can test the flush by flushing a piece of paper.
Stairs are another hazard for people with limited mobility. Even single-story ranch houses often have stairs. If you’re living in a single-level home, you probably have at least one or two steps leading to your doorway, as well as a landing in the living room. Luckily, there are several different styles of accessible ramps to meet your needs.
A sip-and-puff system is another useful accessibility product for those with limited mobility. These devices act like a joystick and interpret a person’s breath to allow them to operate a computer, mobile device, or wheelchair. These devices can be used to type and even to control an on-screen keyboard. Using the mouth to operate a sip-and-puff system makes navigating websites and apps much easier for people with limited mobility.
There are a wide range of other accessibility products for people with limited mobility. A sprained ankle or knee or fall can cause a temporary loss of mobility. Long-term loss of mobility may result from lower limb amputation, immobilisation, or a stroke. Fortunately, there are many solutions to help people with reduced mobility stay active.