Since the use of ramps inside the building is not advisable, they eat up too much space, the use of elevators can be maximized. Architects can consider to include elevators in building structures to make mobility simple and easy. Consider an individual who is physically challenged and wants to access the second, third, or fourth floor, and so on, there is no way they will easily access those floors without the help of an elevator. When constructing the lifts, the control panels should be kept as low as possible because some physically challenged people might be using wheelchairs hence cannot reach top places. The advisable height should be 0.90m to 1.20m above the floor and the diameter no smaller than 20mm so that they can be easily seen by those with challenges with the eyes (Platform Disability and Development Cooperation).
Consideration of Wide Corridors
Architects need to consider the width of corridors when they are designing. For instance, narrow and long corridors pose a difficulty when it comes to mobility more so when one is using a wheelchair. The goal that an architect should put in mind when designing is a well dimensional corridor than can enhance ease when it comes to moving around from one place of the building to the next. Also, designers should make sure that the obstacles that are sometimes placed in the corridors should be placed outside of the circulation path. These obstacles are things like public telephones, and fountains, etc. a point to note is that for two wheelchairs to pass each other with ease, the minimum width of the corridor should be 1.50m. However, this means that the aisles that are narrower than 1.50m will not facilitate for two wheelchairs side and by the side, and this means that one individual in a wheelchair will have to wait for the other one to pass before they can pass.
Architects need to design pathways that have a defined different path with different materials including different texture of tiles. Conversely, this will help the individuals with the disability of vision so that when they walk, they can feel the different surface of the floor and know that they are on the right track. If it is the case of a house, the designer should make sure that the furniture in the home is not arranged in such a manner that a person who is visually impaired can collide with them from time to time. There should be the inclusion of space so that they can quickly move from one place in the house to the other with ease.
In conclusion, individuals with mental and physical disorders are sometimes usually assumed when it comes to designing and architecture work. Architects and designers always need to look at the possibilities at hand. They need to do a background check and know what exactly they can do to make the lives of people with disabilities less strenuous because they already are suffering. We can all try to make them feel loved even though obstacles such as noise are hard to erase. Architects and designers play a huge role in the enhancement of a comfortable lifestyle for people with mental and physical disabilities. All they need to do is to remember to put them into consideration.