Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)

Title

Door Accessibility: Contemplating the Americans with Disabilities Act at Clemson University

Authors

Brian Duffy

Advisor

Robert Silance

Document Type

Poster

Department

Architecture

Publication Date

Spring 2013

Abstract

Several door thresholds do not meet The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines whereby compromising the ability for a person in a wheelchair to easily pass through a door opening. Utilizing a qualitative research approach, data were collected using simulation methods and face-to-face interviews. Twelve doors were studied to determine if the threshold heights comply with ADA code A4.13.8. Results show that many doors are not meeting ADA code. Recommendations are provided to show how improving door closers, door width, and sill plate design will improve accessibility for those in wheelchairs.

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