Handicap Signage

You’ve seen these signs hundreds of times and know that the small man in the wheelchair on the sign indicates that certain accessibility facilities and features are available for the use of those with disabilities. These symbols can be seen painted on parking slots that are specifically reserved for the use of those vehicles either being driven or carrying people with disabilities. There are also ramps that carry these pictograms on them, along with signs that point out where these ramps can be found, to tell those who need this accessibility feature for their access needs.

While handicap signage do show people where these reserved parking slots, ramps, and other accessibility options can be found, you should be aware that these signs, as well as some of those facilities that they mark, can actually be used by those who are not handicapped. These are essentially spaces that are made for the use of those who have certain difficulties in moving around due to specific conditions. Some of these conditions do not make these people handicapped physically, but a few of these do.

What are we talking about? We are talking about people with special needs, or those who need more consideration than others due to their condition, and this includes those who are pregnant, those who are considered senior citizens, and parents who have very small children with them. Now, not all of these facilities made for the use of people with disabilities can be used by all of those who are considered to have special needs, but a select number of these can be.

One of the facilities that carries the wheelchair symbol on it, which can be used by people with special needs, is the bathroom cubicle that is made specifically for the use of those in wheelchairs. While the cubicle is essentially made in the bigger size and with the handlebars for this particular purpose, it is an unwritten rule that women who are pregnant, senior citizens, and those with small children, can use these as long as they do not occupy the bathroom for too long, and there are no people with disabilities waiting to use the said cubicle.

Some other facilities that carry this symbol and that do prioritize the elderly and pregnant women include elevators, a few select parking spots, public transportation, and entrances to buildings. You will also find that a lot of places that do not carry this symbol, but are aware of the ADA, prioritize these individuals over those without special needs whenever possible. These include airports and airlines, hotels, banks, restaurants, government offices and supermarkets.

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