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Universal design for your kitchen

Kitchen for all
Unlike universal kitchens designed years ago, universal design today doesn’t mean boring design, but quite the opposite.

It is important to note that universal design practices are broader than that of barrier-free design, and are in fact universal. Almost without exception, features or flexibility added to a product to accommodate individuals with temporarily or permanently reduced abilities in some areas have proven to be beneficial to users in general. In many cases, more people without a disability will find features useful than the number of people in the original target audience. Read more »

Importance of Universal Design

Universal design
When designers apply universal design principles, their products and services meet the needs of potential users with a wide variety of characteristics. Designing any product or service involves the consideration of many factors, including aesthetics, engineering options, environmental issues, safety concerns, and cost. Often the design is created for the "average" user. In contrast, "universal design" is "the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design." Disability is just one of many characteristics that an individual might possess. By developing an accessible product or service, the need for adaptations at a later time can be minimized or eliminated. Read more »

Test Your Disability Awareness

1)Blind people live in total darkness – False

A lot of people don't realize that few people registered blind can see nothing at all. And how much someone can see will vary from person to person. A minority of people can distinguish light but nothing else. Some people have no central vision, others have no side vision. Some people see everything as a vague blur, others see a patchwork of blanks and defined areas.

2)When someone is reading your lips you should exaggerate sounds - False Read more »

Promote Walking

Why Walking?
Walking

  • It’s a widely accepted activity
  • It can be done in a variety of settings
  • It promotes other beneficial outcomes (e.g., environment, transportation)
  • It’s relatively inexpensive compared to other physical activities

10 Good Health Reasons to Walk:

  • Gives you ENERGY
  • Increases your METABOLISM
  • Can change your MOOD

Built Environment Determinants of Physical Activity


People are more likely to walk if:

  • Walking trails, parks and gyms are accessible
  • Sidewalks present and scenery are enjoyable
  • Many people are out walking or exercising
  • Friend(s) are available with whom to walk

People are less likely to exercise if:

  • Too little time
  • Too tired
  • Unmotivated
  • Perceived traffic, crime or other danger
  • Long distance to exercise location

10 Barriers to the uptake of Cycling & Walking


1) Safety and Security Concerns

Safety relates to the perceived or actual danger encountered whilst cycling on the road, or walking from A to B: ‘Stranger Danger’. Security relates to unsafe storage of bicycles or associated equipment.
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Why is enabling access important?

Social
To ensure equality of access and to enable more people to participate in travel.

Business
To encourage more people to use our services and therefore keep us in business.

Legal
To meet the requirements of the law. Read more »

Being Prepared

Always be on the lookout;
Look directly at the boarding passengers,
greet them,
Listen carefully if they start to talk from outside the bus,
Be aware of passengers having difficulties boarding,
Look directly at their faces,
Note signs of stress, Allow time
Reassure hesitant passengers Read more »

During an emergency evacuation-Assisting a person in a wheel chair

Bumping on a series of steps;
In situations where the wheelchair user must be carried up or down a flight of steps, it is necessary to have a minimum of two persons assisting. Four persons may be needed in the case of a heavy adult. The strongest person(s) should be placed at the back of the chair. If an assisting person has a medical condition that prohibits lifting, it is advisable to enlist the assistance of a different volunteer. Read more »