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Accessibility of buildings for the functionally impaired: An inventorying method using online tools

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Publication date
1 December 2022
Author
Igor Bizjak (Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia)
Country
Slovenia
Language
  • English
Year
  • 2022

Description

Editorial information: Urban Challenge Journal / Urbani izziv -  ISSN Web edition: 1855-8399

The situation in Slovenia in terms of the accessibility of public buildings for functionally impaired persons is concerning. Most often people with disabilities already face barriers when accessing the building (no disabled parking available, stairs leading to the entrance into the building, thresholds that are too high, doors too heavy to open, handles set too high, etc.) and then in the building itself (staircases, unadapted lifts, insufficiently large toilets, etc.).

To show potential barriers to the functionally impaired as well as the building owners and maintenance staff, a method is presented for inventorying building accessibility for the functionally impaired using online tools.

The method relies on relevant universal accessibility legislation and standards, and it is important because it facilitates an accurate and comparable evaluation of potential barriers and adaptations already in place. Thus, it functions both as a multifunctional framework for evaluating the accessibility of all buildings, which provides an overview of and displays potential barriers to building owners and maintenance staff, and as a guide to building accessibility for the functionally impaired.

Also presented is the method’s implementation in the online system for inventorying building accessibility, which makes it possible to monitor building accessibility for the needs of the functionally impaired and provides an overview of the barriers detected for the building owners and maintenance staff.

Article Accessibility of buildings for the functionally impaired: An inventorying method using online tools.

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Accessibility of buildings for the functionally impaired: An inventorying method using online tools