Accessibility Checklist

Kim Waumsley
Ottawa Area

Answer Yes or No to each of the following questions. The More Yes's you have, the more accessible your meeting place is.

1) If the main entrance to the building has stairs and no ramp, it has a barrier. Does the building have a ramp?

2) Are the signs in and around your building large enough for someone with a seeing problem?

3) Do the hallways have handrails to help people walk? No handrails are barriers for some people.

4) Are there parking spaces available for people with special needs? Are they near the entrance?Are they 366 cm or 3.6 meters wide?

5) Are there flattened areas of the curb so that people in wheelchairs or people with walkers, baby carriers or shopping carts pass easily?

6) Are there tactile markings (can be felt by touch) cut in the sidewalk at the flattened areas of the curb to warn people who are blind?

7) If your building has more than one floor does it have an elevator?

8) Are all doorways including those to bathroom stalls at least 84 cm wide?

9) Are showers accessible to people who use wheelchairs?

10) Are nearby pathways and nature trails paved to enable people to wheel their wheelchairs on them?

11) Are the sinks low enough? Get a chair and check , if not, how many centimetres must they be lowered?

12) Are the telephones in the building accessible? Get a chair and check, if not, how many centimetres must they be


13) Are there grab bars in the bathroom stalls so that people can lift themselves from a wheelchair to a toilet and back again?

14) Are the aisles in the room at least 81 cm wide so that people in wheelchairs, or on crutches, or with canes or walkers can get around easily?