With her hands full, this 1996 image depicted a woman departing a grocery store carrying multiple grocery bags, as well as her personal belongings. Had there have been a door handle with which she'd have to contend, her exit would have been hampered, and made much more complicated. 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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