How to make bathrooms more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make bathrooms more accessible.

Believe it or not, most bathrooms are similarly laid out. That is, those in
malls, those in hotels, those in restaurants, and even those in many homes
or condos. This being said however, I’d like to provide just a few tips
that could be kept in mind when designing a bathroom with a blind person in
mind. I will focus on bathrooms in malls, restaurants, and hotels.

I am going to provide my tips on a bathroom that includes only a toilet,
sinks, and the accessories to go along with it. You may want to think of
this as a possible accessible layout. So here goes.

1. It would be nice to have the sink located at waste level if possible.
2. The sink or sinks should be positioned so that it is easy to access.
Maybe straight ahead or in front of the stall as a person exits. To be more
explicit, as the person opens the door of the stall in order to exit the
sinks could be built to be straight ahead.

3. The sink should not be too sunken so that it would be easy to find as a
blind person uses their hands to find it if they are unable to locate it
through sight.

4. The faucets should be easy to find and turn on and the same for the soap
faucet. Both water faucet and soap faucet should be close to each other.

5. The paper rolls should also be located close by along with the hand
dryer.

6. It may be better to not have the soap faucet or emitter on the wall but
instead have it built into the sink in a similar manner to the water faucet.

7. Not a bad idea if at all possible to have the stall be big enough to
accommodate a guide dog for those with guide dogs.

8. A nice to have would be to have hooks at the back of the doors of the
stalls.

9. If possible, to have button flushers on top of the toilet tanks and this
would help to make things easier for those who are unable to see.

10. To have the toilet paper receptacle within easy reach when one is
sitting down.

I hope that these tips help.

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