This 1995 image depicted a mobility-challenged woman who was sitting in a wheelchair in a medium-sized 'curbless' shower, as she was demonstrating the use of the sidewall-mounted diverter valve, while holding the large, push button hand held showerhead. The 3' x 5' shower stall was large enough to accommodate many uses while being small enough to fit in many bathrooms. Note that there were two design problems, which prevented it from being considered a 'universally' accommodating design: The shower curtain does not descend all the way to the floor, which would prevent water from escaping unto the outer floor; the mix valve was mounted too high. Use of term 'curbless' is extremely important, as opposed to 'roll-in' type of shower. By designing this restroom to accommodate those with mobility impairments, the overall design became even more accommodating to all, which was really the challenge, and the goal of a universally designed facility.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design (CUD)
November 2, 2012
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