How to Make Your Business More Wheelchair Accessible

Did you know that more than 3 million people in the United States use a wheelchair every day? 

When someone has difficulty walking, they need a wheelchair to help support them, but that doesn’t mean their lives are over.

If you own a business and want to make your building more accessible to all customers, you should consider those in wheelchairs.

Keep reading to learn some of the best tips for making your company more wheelchair accessible so that no one feels held back! 

Install Ramps

One of the best ways to make your building wheelchair accessible is to install ramps wherever there are stairs. 

Commercial wheelchair ramps may not look elegant, however, they make sure everyone can enter your doors. 

ADA-compliant ramps work with wheelchairs, scooters, crutches, and more. If you want to make the ramps look better, you can include them in your landscaping design. Try to ensure that the ramps aren’t too steep, as this could be a danger. 

Invest in Automatic Doors 

If you are trying to prevent accessibility issues, you should invest in automatic doors.

Automatic doors have a button that can be pressed as the person is approaching the door. This button should be clearly marked so that people don’t overlook it. Provide enough space between the door and button so that the person can enter without getting in the way. 

Widen Doors & Hallways 

No matter how many ramps you install, wheelchair users can’t get around if the door frames and hallways are too small.

Most wheelchairs are designed to fit comfortably through spaces that are 36 inches or more. The smallest length should be no less than 32 inches. Large halls and doorways will make the building look more spacious and help open things up. 

Always make sure you are compliant with identifying spaces so that wheelchair users can get through. 

Provide Wheelchair Assistance

Assisting people with disabilities can make their day and turn a difficult task into something simple again.

Depending on your business, make accommodations for customers so that they can better access your products. Designating an employee to help these customers is one tactic, but you can also help grab items for them. 

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be transferring customers from chairs to other spaces since this could become a liability. 

Is Your Business Wheelchair Accessible?

Making your company wheelchair accessible can help you earn more money and create a good reputation in the community. 

Since so many people require wheelchairs to get around, you should always have an option for them to get in the doors. Ramps and elevators are a wonderful solution for wheelchair users and people who struggle with stairs. 

Don’t forget the impact a person can make with hands-on assistance if you have the staff and resources to offer it.

Be sure to check out our blog for more articles about how to run a business without excluding anyone from your products or services! 

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.