The WHY's of Access...

These are some of the fundamental issues
can assist you with:

Why Continuous Accessible
Paths of Travel?

A legal minimum width is required to allow pedestrians and users of various mobility aids to pass each other from opposite directions.All accessible parking bays should have access to a continuous path of travel.

Why Circulation Spaces?

A person using a mobility aid requires adequate space to turn around freely and unobstructed.

Why Signage?

Signage is required to be clear, precise and easy to read and where applicable, display the international blue symbol for accessibility. Signage assist people with orientation and information.

Why Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI’s)?

TGSI’s assist people with vision impairments with wayfinding and to recognise potential hazards in their path of travel.

Why Ramps and Landings?

Compliant ramps with landings are essential in providing accessibility to people using mobility and or walking aids, strollers etc. Landings are needed to rest.

Why Handrails?

It provides assistance to people passing or going up or down on either side of stairs. Handrails are also required on ramps.

Why Nosings and
Closed Risers on Stairways?

It alerts people with vision impairments to where one stair starts or ends. Closed risers prevent people from getting their toes caught underneath upon ascending.

Why Adequate Door controls?

Lever type controls are required to enable one hand operation as some people may have problems with dexterity. Doorways must provide adequate circulation space.

Why Unisex Accessible Facilities?

Sufficient space need to be provided for carers who support people with disabilities. The legally required pan circulation space will allow a person using a mobility aid to access the toilet from multiple angles.

Why Designated Accessible Parking Bays (DAPBs)?

The legally accepted width of accessible parking bays should include a shared transfer space to allow adequate space for people to have access to and safely transfer into their respective mobility aids.

Why Access to Communication?

Hearing augmentation in buildings will assist people with hearing aids to hear more clearly and allow them to participate in discussions and presentations. A lowered counter will accommodate people with height impairments and or using mobility aids.

Why Accessible Emergency Evacuation?

Audible and visual indicators will ensure that people with hearing or vision impairments can be alerted and assisted during an emergency situation. Compliant emergency evacuation is a legal requirement.

“We need to…

Advance towards the

Commitment in making a

Concerted effort to

Eliminate injustice & respect everyone’s right to

Share in and contribute to a

Society which is inclusive and accessible for all.”

Igor G. Rix


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