For most people, walking through a door is easy. We're collecting videos of people who have challenges with simply walking through a door, as well as, videos of businesses that have made this simple task a breeze for everyone.
Awareness of accessibility issues is growing, but it's sometimes hard to grasp that different disabilities encounter different issues with doors that most people take for granted. This video from the Huntley Film Archives, is a good overview of the various obstacles people with disabilities face every day.
The following are videos made by individuals who experience challenges opening doors on a near-daily basis.
Entry doors that are not accessible deny quality of life to your members.
Entry doors that are not accessible are barriers to the goods and services inside.
Entry doors that are not accessible are a danger to all those who use walkers and are susceptible to falls.
Entry doors that are not accessible are a danger to all using a manual wheelchair.
When in a wheelchair one's hand can first get caught in the door handle when trying to release the handle and bring one's arm around the door. Then, holding the door open with one’s elbow, one’s hand can get caught in the door jam as the door closes.
Entry doors that are not accessible are a danger to the caregivers of a person using a wheelchair. The caregiver has to lift a leg in order to hold the door open while pushing the wheelchair through the entry. Otherwise, the caregiver can be struck by the door in the legs or back as it closes.
The great news is that we are seeing doors being changed!