If you are physically disabled, or if you have ever had to use crutches, you know first-hand, just how difficult it is to maneuver in and around a typical bathroom. Thanks the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) building codes have changed in regard to accessibility to public facilities for physically challenged people. Accessible Bathrooms accommodate someone with a physical disability and allow wheelchair users and people using walking aids to get around. A barrier-free, bathroom design accommodates someone with a handicap. In the bathroom you have freedom of movement, making it easier and more convenient to bath, groom, and use the toilet. Barrier-free bathrooms offer a safe solution for people who have reduced balance and mobility. Identifying and understanding these factors is the first step in making the right bathroom design decisions. A wheelchair accessible bathroom accommodates handicapped individuals and is much safer.
For additional information about the design and construction Wheelchair Accessible Construction Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), contact the Department of Justice ADA Information Line. This free service provides answers to general and technical questions about ADA Wheelchair Accessible Construction Requirements and is a source for free ADA materials including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. You may reach the ADA Information Line a 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 800 - 514 - 0383 (TTY). ADA information is also available on the Department's ADA Web site.