Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting

Door width and maneuvering space

I work for a Options Resource Center for Independent Living in ND and MN and do work with people who have mobility devices which are wider than 32-inches and have had difficulty with doors with only 32-inches of clearance.

While attending the Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium a few years ago, I believe a representative from the International Code Council was discussing plans for the International Building Code to be updated to provider wider than 32-inch clearances and larger maneuvering spaces within accessible spaces.

I would ask on behalf of people with disabilities who use mobility devices to have the door width increased to more than 32-inches, maybe to 36-inches, especially as this does not appear to be a challenging issue.

Thank you for your time,

Corey Birkholz

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