In this 1996 image, a wheelchair-seated woman was seen as she was about to pass through an automatic doorway of a grocery store through which a walking man had just passed as he was pushing his grocery cart. Widely used, 'no-touch' automatic doors accommodate all types of users, including the mobility-challenged, as well as those whose hands are filled with purchases. Simple, and in common use, the wide automatic door is an excellent example of Universal Design. Other facilities should, where possible, consider this option.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
June 9, 2012
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