Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July 9, 2001

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Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
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Dwelling Units
Controls in Accessible Spaces
Section 4.34.2(9); 4.27
Controls in dwelling units include: thermostats, light switches, door locks, door handles, window locks,  faucets and intercom systems. 
Floor space at controls
Figure 1

Is there a 30 by 48 inch clear floor space in front of the controls which allows either a forward or parallel approach?

    
Clear floor space
Figure 2

If the clear ground space allows only a forward approach, then is the highest operable part of the controls no more than 48 inches from the ground?

    
Clear floor space at controls
Figure 3

If the clear ground space allows a side approach to the controls, is the highest operable part of the controls no more than 54 inches from the ground?

    
Example of a control operable with one hand


This control does not require any tight grasping or twisting of the wrist.
Are the controls operable with one hand?(see Figure 3)

    
Can controls be operated without  tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist? (see Figure 3)

    
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