A Study of Accessibility for the Disabled.

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A Study of Accessibility for the Disabled Introduction Disabled people find every day activities to be far more challenging than some one who is able bodied, for this reason various different systems have to be installed to aid their movement and accessibility. I am going to analyse the movement of the disabled around Liskeard town centre. Liskeard is situated in the south east of Cornwall and was built in the early 20th century. However the building has increased in size in correspondence with the increase in population. There are several different types of system in place in Liskeard town centre for disabled people, visual, audio and modified buildings. Objective From my study of disabled systems in Liskeard, I will use my research to improve wheel chair access to Liskeard School & Community College.


* Elevators are often poorly designed, as there is inadequate space within the elevator cab. Switches, buttons and control panels are often positioned too highly. The entrances to them are too narrow and the opening time of the doors is often insufficient. * Platform Lifts are installed to provide access where there is a large change in surface levels between not only indoor and outdoor areas, but also internal changes in level. They are mainly installed where there is insufficient space available to install a suitable ramp. * Stairs are by no means favourable for any one but steep staircases and poorly designed steps that hinder foot movement would only add to problems encountered by the partially mobile.


Many doors also have high thresholds and are heavy or hard to operate thus hindering accessibility. * Corridors are present in any structure and are vital for linking different rooms and buildings, but long and narrow corridors often cause orientation difficulties. * Rest Rooms often have insufficient space inside and the fixtures and fittings are often of poor design and position. If all of these features were available in all of the above places in our local area then the disabled people who live here in Cornwall would find life to be so much easier and rewarding as they could accomplish a far wider range of tasks. Research Plan I have allowed myself 4 weeks in which to complete this research, my research proposal plan is as follows: - Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4

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