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Case Study Accessible design for a teacher


This is a state government or school.

Employee's Disability and Impairment:

The man is a paraplegic and relies on the use of a wheelchair. His range of grasp and mobility are limited due to disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100.

Training and job:

The man is a teacher and teaches at a secondary school.

Working environment - mobility:

The school is not designed to be barrier-free, so the teacher could not reach his workplace or the rooms relevant to him. The door at the main entrance is only 78 centimeters wide, making it too narrow for use with a wheelchair. The classrooms, subject rooms and conference rooms are located on different levels of the school building. In accordance with regulations, the individual floors of the school building are equipped with fire doors that must be closed. Four of these doors are only 75 centimeters wide. Pushing open the heavy door leaves is difficult from a wheelchair. In addition, there was no barrier-free toilet available.
To avoid having to change the entire door system, a new access door with a width of 90 centimeters was installed in the glazed exterior wall next to the main entrance in the covered area. To enable teachers to reach the rooms they need, a total of three stair lifts with wheelchair platforms were installed, since it was not possible to access all floors with a vertical elevator. One lift on the main staircase provides access to the three main floors from the foyer, while two other small lifts provide access to the intermediate levels.
The four heavy fire doors with a width of only 75 centimeters that the teacher has to pass through were converted to a dimension of 90 centimeters and equipped with appropriate fire doors and door operators approved for this purpose. These motor-driven doors are opened by actuating the large switches installed at a height of 85 centimeters and at a satisfactory distance from the door. The door is then closed automatically by a spring in the operator, which is tensioned during opening and closes the door again even in the event of a power failure in the interests of fire protection. In the event of a fire, the automatic opening system is deactivated by the signal from the smoke detector, in accordance with the regulations, and the closed door can only be opened manually. The fire doors can only be opened automatically again after the smoke detectors have been reset.
One of the existing toilets for teachers has been converted and equipped (washbasin, toilet, support handles, etc.) so that wheelchair users can use it in a way that is suitable for disabled people (e. g.

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Further Information

and participation:
The design suitable for disabled people was supported by the Integration and Inclusion Office. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 6 Mar 2023