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Accessible Desks and Furniture

This webpage provides a list of desks and tables that follow ADA guidelines and meet accessibility standards. This page is provided to supply information and examples of universally designed furniture for buyers.

Accessible Environments, Inc.

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Posted by: Haba Ismail on Sat Oct 08, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

Including accessible desks and furniture in dorms is a great way to help individuals with disabiliites. It improves their studying evnviorment by allowing them to study and learn in a safe and usable enviorment.The cost/ price of the furniture can be an issue.

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Posted by: grant on Tue Oct 11, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.

I noticed that the products being sold here were very expensive. Especially in the case of a dormitory where multiple would need to be purchased. I think it's a great idea that dormitories are universally designed so that individuals with additional needs can maneuver the whole building and are not just confined to their own room.

If a person has friends in the same dorm they may not ever be able to visit their friend's room.

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Posted by: MNstudent on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 3:54 p.m.

This website is a good starting point for getting ideas about accessible desks and furniture and potential costs.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability