Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content


Description:Seated in her wheelchair, the woman pictured here had reached the elevator doors inside a building on one of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) campuses in Atlanta, Georgia, and using her left hand, was pressing the easily-reachable button, which would hail the elevator that would take her to her desired floor. The elevator doors to the woman’s left had opened, and it would be through these doors that she’d board to be carried to her destination. Note the low proximity chosen to locate the call and emergency buttons, suitable for anyone at any height.
Accessibility and the Environment

Poorly designed communities can make it difficult for people with mobility impairments or other disabling conditions to move about their environment; consequently, people with a disability often are more vulnerable to environmental barriers.

Barrier attributes within our environment can include:

- Absence of ramps for wheelchairs

- Lack of depressed curbs (periodic breaks in curbs that act as ramps)

- Narrow doorways that cannot accommodate various assistive devices, such as wheelchairs and walkers

- Lack of access to mass transit routes or other public services.

High Resolution: Click here for hi-resolution image (11.52 MB)
Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Environmental Health, NCEH; Accessibility and the Environment
CDC - National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD); People with Disabilities
CDC Organization
Skip Navigation Links.

Skip Navigation Links.
Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.