Designing Accessible Health Care Settings

Lisa I. Iezzoni and Bonnie L. O'Day

in More than Ramps

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195172768
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865710 | DOI:
 Designing Accessible Health Care Settings

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This chapter addresses the design of health care settings that are accessible to persons with physical and sensory disabilities. It starts by reviewing Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. It then discusses a process for designing accessible space, including the involvement of persons with disabilities as partners. The chapter reviews such items as lighting, acoustics, flooring, air quality, heating and cooling, emergency notification alarms, and signage as well as basic questions about the size and configuration of spaces, medical equipment, and furniture. It offers suggestions about accessible equipment, such as weight scales.

Keywords: disability; health care access; blind; deaf; mobility impairments; wheelchair; Americans with Disabilities Act; space planning; built environment; accessibility

Chapter.  6786 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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