This 1995 image depicted a man seated in his wheelchair that was positioned in front of a log retaining wall with a domed tent in the background, situated atop an elevated dirt camping site. The wall height of approximately 18 inches minimized the effort needed to transfer in and out of a wheelchair onto the tent level. The wall is also at a good height for others to sit, and makes it possible to communicate at the same eye level as the wheelchair user. Designing recreation sites with the mobility-challenged in mind, makes for an overall more user-friendly environment for all, and is quite often, made even more efficient from a utilitarian standpoint.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
November 3, 2012
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