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Automatic Door Blooper

This short video demonstrates a poor application of automatic door accessibility considerations. The placement of operating buttons may fall within the minimal ADAAG standard, but is it really accessible? A service dog cannot "nose" the button to open the door. If a dog uses a paw to attempt to operate the button his nails scrape on the background surface (which in this case is metal), leading to scrape marks. How will a person with musculo-skeletal fare with this button?

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Automatic Door Blooper  (YouTube Video) (Closed captioned)

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Posted by: debdeb808 on Thu Oct 13, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.

This made me laugh. A cute example of how even though you put a button to make things accessible, it is not always the best design. Planning must happen before making things accessible or universally designed.

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