July 24, 2009, Newsletter Issue #176: Measure Door Widths for Wheelchairs

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When planning handicap bathroom dimensions, be sure to consider general guidelines for people with disabilities to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) restroom requirements. For example, ADA guidelines state that doors should be at least 32 inches, preferably 36 inches (915 mm) to accommodate a wheelchair.

Also, door handles on handicap stalls in public restrooms should be no more than 48 inches (1220 mm) above the floor.

If a public restroom cannot be designed to accommodate handicapped persons, install signage on or near the door to direct people to the closest available handicapped public restroom.

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