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ADA Shower Heads – You’re in Control

The ability to rely on consistent water temperature, pressure and reach is essential for an enjoyable and relaxing shower experience. This applies even more to people with limited mobility, who do not always have the luxury of easily adjusting the shower head or controls. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design […]

Get a Grip On Grab Bars for Showers

Grab bars enable an individual to maintain balance, reduce fatigue while standing, rising, or maneuvering, or in some cases grabbing onto in case of a slip or fall. Caregivers can also use a grab bar to assist with patient transfer. The words “grab bar” are used multiple times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible […]

Take an (Accessible) Seat

Access to seating in the shower is critical for many people with limited mobility and can make the showering experience much more comfortable and stress-free. The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design details the requirements that designers must meet in order to make bathtub and shower seats ADA-compliant in Standard 610. […]

Accessible Showers

The shower is one of the most important places in the bathroom, but we do not often think about it until we need to use it. For people with limited mobility, showering in a poorly equipped bathroom can be a challenging, arduous task. Designing showers in accordance with the guidelines listed in the 2010 Americans […]

Talking Trash

While the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design offers guidance on many design issues in a restroom, they leave out something important — the trash can. That leaves it up to the designer or facility manager to interpret the ADA Standards’ intent and apply it to the trash can. Having a clear, unobstructed path is […]

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

The word “mirror” is used 10 times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and readers are led to 603.3 section, Mirrors. That guidance simply states that mirrors located above lavatories or countertops should be installed with the bottom edge of the reflecting surface a maximum of 40” above the finished floor or ground. […]

Grasp Should Exceed Reach

In the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, September 15, 2010 reference to soap (and towel) dispensers is in Advisory 606.1 General, Lavatories and Sinks and references 308 Reach Ranges. The section is located under 606 Lavatories and Sinks. There are no other references to “soap” or “soap dispensers” in the standards except for referencing […]

A “Stand Up” Fixture

In the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, September 15, 2010 reference to urinals is in Advisory 605.1 General Urinals. The section is located under 605 Urinals. Advisory 605.1 General simply states that stall type urinals provide greater accessibility for a broader range of people, including people of short stature. The floor-mounted, stall-type urinal is […]

Get a Grip On Grab Bars for Water Closets

Grab bars enable an individual to maintain balance, reduce fatigue while standing, rising, or maneuvering, or in some cases grabbing onto in case of a slip or fall. Caregivers can also use a grab bar to assist with patient transfer. The words “grab bar” are used multiple times in the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible […]