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5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

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Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress,30th October -2nd November 2018, Dublin Castle

Abstract

World is evolving rapidly, and new accessibility equipment and devices are being introduced which makes life easier for the people with disabilities. However, the rapid developments in the evolution of accessibility equipment may not always be coordinated with the existing accessibility norms and standards. The gap between accessibility provisions in built environments and developments in accessibility equipment is increasing by not taking the evolution of assistive equipment into account. By having a future orientated view on the development of accessibility equipment, some of the existing accessibility norms and provisions may thus require to change significantly. One of the important assistive mobility device types is Wheeled Mobility Device (WMD) or Wheeled Mobility Aid (WMA) that considered most effective way of improving the impact of mobility limitations for many people with mobility impairments. The design of wheeled mobility aids is rapidly evolving, and therefore the relevant accessibility standards for built environments need reconsideration respectively to cover future developments. The evolution in wheeled mobility device have meanings in different parts of the built environment such as building facilities, access to the building, entrance to the building, parking spaces and etc. The main goal of this study is to investigate and find new proposals for norms/standards related to Maneuvering Area, Corridors and Lobbies for Wheeled Mobility Aid users based on the evolution in mobility aids.

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