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One access, one solution…. One access, one solution If you have full dexterity of your hands and arms, then getting through doors is no problem. True?

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Presentation on theme: "One access, one solution…. One access, one solution If you have full dexterity of your hands and arms, then getting through doors is no problem. True?"— Presentation transcript:

1 One access, one solution…

2 One access, one solution If you have full dexterity of your hands and arms, then getting through doors is no problem. True? Research shows that in more than 65% of cases we approach a door with our movement restricted. Baby, briefcase, hot drink or more seriously, a physical condition such as arthritis.

3 One access, one solution If you have full dexterity of your hands and arms, then getting through doors is no problem. True? Research shows that in more than 65% of cases we approach a door with our movement restricted. Baby, briefcase, hot drink or more seriously….a physical condition such as arthritis.

4 One access, one solution If you have full dexterity of your hands and arms, then getting through doors is no problem. True? Research shows that in more than 65% of cases we approach a door with our movement restricted. Baby, briefcase, hot drink or more seriously…. a disability

5 One access, one solution Through simple yet effective design there is now a solution that benefits everyone Access is universal

6 What is accessible locking? Traditional hardware –UK Style 57mm Centres Cylinder below lever Handle virtually hides cylinder keyway Awkward to enter and rotate the key Close proximity of door frame and lever hampers access

7 What is accessible locking? Traditional hardware Design makes operation virtually impossible for people with limited grip & hand flexibility

8 What is accessible locking? Traditional hardware Even the larger 72mm European lockcases access to the keyway and turn remains hampered by the lever handle The close proximity of the door frame and lever remains a problem Keys are difficult to handle

9 What is accessible locking? Accessible solution Clearly visible, cylinder is above the lever Access to the keyway is considerably improved Unhindered… 40%+ increase to lock centres and 30%+ increase to average backset

10 What is accessible locking? Accessible solution Large thumbturn facilitates easier operation No need to grip No need to rotate the wrist Improved leverage reduces force needed by at least 70%* * When compared to typical conventional turn

11 What is accessible locking? Accessible solution Special bow improves handling Improved leverage reduces force needed by at least 60%* Increased surface area of 280%* * When compared to typical keybow of 24mm

12 The laws Disability Discrimination Act (DDA):1995 –Part 1 Definition of disability –Part 2 Discrimination in employment –Part 3 Access to goods and services –12/96: Treating a disabled person less favourably is unlawful –10/99: Consider making reasonable adjustments –10/04: Make permanent physical adjustments Disability Discrimination Act (DDA):2005

13 The laws –“To ensure that people with impaired vision and/or dexterity have unobstructed access to the keyway, the cylinder should be above the lever handle or the minimum distance between the lever handle and the keyway of the locking mechanism should be 72mm”. –“Wherever possible, door opening furniture with lever action should be used as door furniture with a spherical, circular or similar design is difficult to use by people with, for instance, arthritis or a weak grip.“ –"Consideration should be given to the provision of a larger keybow on lever and cylinder keys to give users greater control. Alternatively, a hand-grippable keyfob can be added to a standard keybow, to aid manipulation of the key." –“It is recommended that the distance between the edge of the door to the centreline of the lock follower and/or keyway (commonly known as the lock backset) should be a minimum of 54mm.” BS8300:2001: Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice

14 The laws Cylinder above lever for unhindered access and view No finger grip or wrist rotation required Large keybow to assist key manipulation Large 104mm centres unhindered access Large backset of up to 70mm increases area to ‘work’ BS8300:2001: Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people – Code of practice

15 Why universal? Moral justification –Makes it easier Why ‘fumble’ with a small turn/keybow when an accessible version is so much easier –Baby, briefcase, hot drinks –For those that could do with a little help… Children, elderly, partially sighted, physical disability… it’s easier

16 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough?

17 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified?

18 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission

19 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams

20 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club

21 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools

22 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail

23 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts

24 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West

25 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia

26 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia –Nottingham Council

27 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia –Nottingham Council –Blackpool Council

28 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia –Nottingham Council –Blackpool Council –Getting Tough

29 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia –Nottingham Council –Blackpool Council –Getting Tough –Debenhams Update

30 Why universal? Legal justification –How much is enough? –If a better solution is a available for a relatively small cost addition – should It have been specified? –Could more have been done? Disability Rights Commission –Debenhams –Wigan Warriors Rugby Club –Schools –Rail –Churchill Stairlifts –Nat West –Arcadia –Nottingham Council –Blackpool Council –Getting Tough –Debenhams Update –Canterbury University

31 Why universal? public sector Legal justification –DDA 2005 –Duty on all public sector authorities –Must promote disabled equality

32 Why universal? public sector Legal justification –DDA 2005 –Duty on all public sector authorities –Must promote disabled equality –Similar to Race Relations Amendment Act

33 Why universal? public sector Legal justification –DDA 2005 –Duty on all public sector authorities –Must promote disabled equality –Similar to Race Relations Amendment Act –Entire Public Sector Police Health Services Schools Local Authorities NHS Trusts Central Government

34 Why universal? public sector Legal justification –DDA 2005 –Duty on all public sector authorities –Must promote disabled equality –Similar to Race Relations Amendment Act –Entire Public Sector Police Health Services Schools Local Authorities NHS Trusts Central Government –Law: Dec 2006

35 Why universal? public sector Legal justification –DDA 2005 –Duty on all public sector authorities –Must promote disabled equality –Similar to Race Relations Amendment Act –Entire Public Sector Police Health Services Schools Local Authorities NHS Trusts Central Government –Law: Dec 2006 –Applicable Scotland –Available

36 In summary Access is universal Traditional solutions have ‘flaws’ Moral justification –Why make it harder Legal justification –DDA –BS8300 Only solution that meets / surpasses –DRC There on the case! –Duty to promote disability equality in the public sector

37 One access, one solution…


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