Must have facilities for disabled persons at any place.

We all talk about inclusivity, providing equal opportunities and making life better for people with disabilities. But all these things often end up in theories, and when it comes to the practical aspects of making their lives easier, we often go blank. The practical aspects are nothing but the facilities and accommodations that these people with disabilities need, for being able to perform their duties. 

To make sure that physically challenged people are comfortable and independent in their work, it is necessary to provide them with the right accommodations. These accommodations could be anything that makes it easier for them to navigate their everyday life – from simple modifications to things around us to advanced technological aids. 

Accommodations for persons with disabilities – Making things work for someone

TRRAIN is constantly working towards making people with disabilities a part of the society, and we have come up with a list of a few must-have accommodations for persons with physical disabilities. These accommodations and examples are necessary to create a more accessible and supportive environment for everyone.

S no. Accommodation type Features / examples Benefits
1. Accessible entrances and exits
  • Ramps, in addition to stairs to allow wheelchair users to enter and exit buildings easily.
  • Automatic doors, which open automatically or with a button press to make entry easier for those with mobility issues.
  • Wide doorways, which can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers. It is suggested to keep them at least 36 inches wide.
  • Gives a sense of independence and makes moving around easier.
  • Reduces the risk of accidents or injuries.
  • Makes people feel welcomed.
2. Accessible restrooms
  • Handle bars near toilets and sinks to provide support.
  • Lowered sinks and mirrors for wheelchair users.
  • Space for wheelchair maneuvering.
  • Ensures privacy and independence.
  • Enhances safety and convenience.
  • Promotes hygiene and comfort.
3. Examples of disability accommodations using assistive technology
  • Robotic devices for basic tasks.
  • Mouse alternatives like trackballs, joysticks, or voice-activated controls.
  • Sequential keystroke input.
  • Increases independence and aids abilities.
  • Makes social life better.
  • Eases communication and interaction.
4. Workplace accommodations for physical disabilities
  • Adjustable desks and chairs.
  • Voice recognition software.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • Boosts productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Fosters inclusivity and diversity.
  • Reduces attrition.
5. Public transportation accessibility
  • Low-floor buses for easy boarding.
  • Accessible trains and stations with elevators and ramps.
  • Paratransit services for door-to-door travel.
  • Provides comfortable mobility and independence.
  • Ensures equal access to education and employment.
  • Promotes a more inclusive society.
6. Facilities for disabled persons at home
  • Stair lifts for mobility.
  • Broad doorways and hallways.
  • Accessible kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Makes them feel self-sufficient.
  • Improves quality of life and safety.
  • Creates a sense of “safe home”.

 

How to advocate for accommodations for physical disabilities matter

If you or someone you know needs these accommodations, here are some steps you can take:

  • Gather information about the different types of accommodations and how they can help – most importantly, share the information with others to raise awareness.
  • Speak up! It is necessary to communicate your needs clearly and tell them what might help.
  • Get in touch with NGOs that are working for the benefit of people with disabilities to get resources and assistance in getting the accommodations you need.
  • Be aware of the laws and policies that concern people with disabilities.

Creating a better world for people with disabilities – TRRAIN makes it possible! 

One thing we all need to understand is that accessibility is not just about tweaking things around us to suit their physical needs; it’s also about changing how people look at physically challenged people and creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all. These accommodations are also meant for them to look at themselves with more dignity and confidence. 

Other than creating accessible spaces, another equally important thing is to enable them to live a life of dignity and respect, which can be done through sustainable livelihood donations

So, let’s work together to make the world a better place for everyone, regardless of their physical abilities.

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  • TRRAIN

    Founded in 2011 by B.S. Nagesh, Trust for Retailers and Retail Associates of India (TRRAIN) is a 12A, 80G, public charitable trust that aims to catalyse a change in the retail industry by empowering people through retail and allied sectors in creating sustainable livelihoods for Persons with Disabilities and Young Women from marginalised backgrounds.

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