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Elevator AUDIT

Elevators are comprised of multiple features that must be considered for full accessibility. Use this AUDIT to determine how successful your elevators are at providing access and usability for all students, staff and faculty.

R2D2 Center at UW-Milwaukee

Elevator AUDIT  (Excel Document)

Elevator AUDIT Version 1-2 Manual  (PDF File)

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Posted by: annjunker22 on Tue Nov 24, 2020 at 11:51 a.m.

Extensive list with some things that might not normally be thought about - like lobby decorations that could be an issue for mobility. The guidelines for the buttons and functioning of the doors are useful.

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Posted by: brooke on Wed Dec 09, 2020 at 3:39 p.m.

Very nicely written resource. There were a couple of things I knew about from my OT 220 class because of the stimulation of using a wheelchair around the campus along with other material I learned in this class. However, I still found this resource beneficial because it widened my perspective of elevators being accessible and what to look for to be declared as being accessible.

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Posted by: klwolber on Wed Dec 16, 2020 at 11:36 a.m.

This is a great resource. It has a lot of information on accessibility in elevators. Many people don't think about elevators as needing accessibility updates because they think that elevators are already made for those who cannot use the stairs. I think this is a great resource that gives extensive information.

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Posted by: bpatters on Wed Nov 30, 2022 at 1:48 p.m.

I thought that this resource provides great information and context to keep in mind while performing the elevator AUDIT. The considerations made in the manual are expansive and seemingly leave no stone unturned. The AUDIT itself was easy to use and provides instantaneous scoring.

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Posted by: ekheaney on Wed Nov 30, 2022 at 1:58 p.m.

This was an excellent resource for all considerations of an elevator. I like how specific the audit was about the entrance, exiting, and visual cues for the elevator. The audit does a great job explaining things that may be confusing in parentheses.

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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