Recent statistics suggest that there are around 14-million people in the UK living with a disability that affects the way they are able to get from one place to another. After all, not everybody has the ability to navigate a staircase easily. With this said, elevators were once incredibly difficult for the disabled to use due to a lack of necessary features like door sensors and rear mirrors. Luckily, this changed when the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was introduced in 2004. Read on as the Elevators Ltd team go over three important changes that make elevators disability friendly…
Most elevators have braille signage
Invented in 1824 by a Frenchman named Louis Braille, the language of Braille is used in order to allow those with a visual impairment to read signs without requiring the assistance of others. When the DDA was introduced, many elevators were required to utilise Braille alongside important signs such as the floor numbers and open/close buttons. After all, audible recordings are only so useful and many partially sighted or blind people still relied on the generosity of others.
There are handrails inside elevator cabs
It is important to remember that not every ailment is visible and many people who appear to be able bodied are actually affected by disabilities. For example, vertigo causes a continuous spinning motion for sufferers. As a result, the DDA required all elevator manufacturers to implement handrails in the design of a cab in order to provide balance support for those who need it as a safety precaution.
Elevators cabs are large enough for a wheelchair
Since the elevator is the only way for wheelchair users to realistically navigate the multiple floors of a building, it is important that they are large enough to comfortably fit one inside. Unfortunately, wheelchairs were getting larger whilst elevator cabs were remaining the same size. As a result, the DDA made a compulsory change to the size of elevator cab manufacturing in order to ensure that even the smallest cab is suitable for a wheelchair.
Whilst the changes that came about after the implementation of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) may be subtle, they are also incredibly important. After all, a handrail is fundamentally important for those with balance issues in order to prevent unnecessary injuries. In addition to this, an elevator is often the easiest way for wheelchair users to travel between floors so if the cab is too small then it can exclude people from society drastically. To find out more about how the DDA applies to elevator craftmanship, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!