Catering for the needs of the persons with disabilities is a social, moral and statutory obligation for the Architectural CAD drafting services.

We have been discussing about various design parameters to be considered by the Architectural CAD drafting services while designing buildings and facilities so that disabled persons do not face any hazards or inconvenience while using them. We will talk about glazing and glazed doors today. We will also discuss the design parameters regarding signage in the buildings.

Glazing and glazed doors:

It is imperative that outward swinging doors and doors in public corridors have low windows to enable the users to see oncoming traffic. The bottom edge of the glazing should be at a maximum height of 1.20m from floor level.

Completely glazed doors should be avoided by the Architectural CAD drafting services in buildings that are frequently used by visually impaired persons.

Kick plates:

Kick plates are used to protect the finish on the lower part of the doors. They should be 0.35-0.40m in height.

Signage:

Signage is a very important aspect that is usually overlooked. It’s important to use proper signs for the convenience of the persons with disabilities.

Function or room number should be displayed at eye level (1.40-1.60m) in all public buildings.

Room numbers should be displayed on door frames instead of doors themselves so that people can view them even when doors are open.

One important thing to remember is that doors or door frames should be painted in a color that is in contrast with adjoining walls so that persons with visual impairment can easily identify them.

If buildings and facilities are not designed by the Architectural CAD drafting services keeping in view the specific needs of the persons with disabilities, they will not be able to use them freely. It will be a big obstacle in their way and will stop them from contributing towards the society’s progress. We shall continue our discussion in the future posts.