In this 1998 image, a wheelchair-seated woman was about to drink from a stainless steel water fountain which offered two spouts arranged at two different heights, showing that consideration was paid to those mobility-challenged individuals who found themselves in situations such as the one depicted here. Each projecting spout and basin extended out from the wall, and included knee space beneath. The rim-height of the lower unit was set at 30', while the rim height of the upper unit was set at 36'. Each displayed the international symbol describing universal accessibility. These two heights accommodated short and seated users, as well as standing users. It illustrated how sometimes, a single item cannot meet the needs of a broad cross-section of people. In this case a single, adjustable-height unit would have been too expensive to install. Each featured an easy-to-push operating panel on the font that allowed use by fingers, hands or another body part.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
November 3, 2012
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