An accessible business is a more attractive business, even for people who don’t have mobility limitations. Most businesses have at least a handicap ramp to allow people to enter the building, but is the rest of the space accessible as well? Without an accessibility audit of your building, you may be leaving out some important details that could make the lives of your employees, clients, and customers much more difficult. These tips can help you make your business more accessible…
Exterior Building Accessibility
You likely have a wheelchair ramp already, but if you don’t have one that should be the first thing you install. Other exterior accessibility features can include:
- A threshold ramp in the parking lot, garage or at the entryway to the building. Threshold ramps provide a simple and safe way to navigate through doorways, over raised landings, and curbs.
- Clear parking spaces that are wide enough for wheelchairs to be rolled out.
- Properly-designed entry doors with a push-to-open button for easy entry.
- Automatic door openers
If you’re in the business of attracting customers to your store to make sales, wouldn’t you want it to be as easy as possible for everyone to enter?
Accessibility Inside The Building
Inside the building is where you can really make a difference in making your business more accessible. Think about open-space concepts so people don’t have to bump into one another as they are walking around. Also, consider these advanced accessibility tips to meet the needs of an even larger group:
- Remove any steps on a single floor and install a threshold ramp instead.
- Include a mix of seating options, such as large chairs, small chairs, some with armrests and some without.
- Incorporate at least one wheelchair-accessible bathroom stall that includes grab bars and an alarm system that can be pressed in case someone slips and falls.
- Widen doorways to ensure smooth traffic flow, regardless of if the traffic is on foot, wheelchairs, scooters, crutches or anything else.
It’s always a good practice for business owners to evaluate the accessibility in and around their building. Next Day Access can help paint a picture of what a perfectly accessible business looks like for your building.
We provide exact measurements, detailed cost estimates and can install your ramps or other accessibility products in a matter of a couple of days. Join the hundreds of other business owners who have prioritized accessibility and contact us today to get your free detailed plan and estimate!