Defining Disabled Access
by: NJM Group Marketing on
The Disability Discrimination Act has been in place since 1992, requiring that Australians with disabilities are given fair treatment. There are many challenges that can come up when trying to reach a building while impaired in some way, but Australian Bollards offers a range of products to improve quality of life for people with disabilities.
Disabilities can make it difficult to get out of a car, so parking bollards are installed next to disabled parking spaces to give wheelchair users room to manoeuvre. The bollards also provide protection from cars as the person moves towards the building.
After parking, a wheelchair user needs to be able to reach the building. As buildings are often raised from the footpath, it becomes necessary to install an access ramp. The railings on wheelchair access ramps must have handrails at multiple levels, providing handholds as well as keeping wheelchairs from going over the edge.
When reaching the entrance, there may be some form of access control. Intercom bollards are a great place to put a key card reader. Having a button to automatically open the door is becoming a popular feature, and this functionality can also be incorporated into an intercom bollard. In order to be DDA compliant, our intercom bollard is designed to have the controls within reach of someone sitting in a wheelchair.
Even normal bollards must leave space for wheelchair users, so Australian Bollards always keeps accessibility in mind when planning new installations. For more information about our range of wheelchair access solutions, visit our website or call +613 9459 3488