Making a back deck 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:
Making a back deck more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

There are back decks and then there are back decks and the difference
between the good ones and the bad ones is that the good ones can be accessed
by everyone. Not just the person without a disability but those who depend
on wheelchairs, walkers, canes, service dogs, and others to help them access
the deck.

There is nothing more enjoyable than being able to appreciate one’s back
deck in the non winter season and with a rapidly aging population it is so
very important for contractors to bear this in mind whenever they are called
upon to build or upgrade back decks. So with this in mind, here are just a
few pointers.

1. Make sure that your back deck is easily accessible. With as little steps
as possible and if this is unavoidable then a viable alternative.

2. That there is enough space for persons with mobility devices to maneuver.

3. That there are adequate guard rales.

4. That there is enough colour contrast between floor surface, rales, and
walls.

5. That there is enough space between chairs and tables.

6. That chairs are easy to sit in and that tables are at a comfortable
height for persons to access.

This should be enough to get you started.

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