Accessible Design in Public Housing: NYCHA Staff Training Program

Version 4.0 July, 2001

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Edward Steinfeld and Danise Levine, 2001
Additional information
Dwelling Units
Kitchen Storage
Section 4.34.6.9; 4.34.6.3;4.27

"D" pulls on cabinets are operable with 
one hand and reduce the need for twisting 
of the wrist. 

"D" pull
Figure 1

Are the controls operable with one hand?

    
Do they not require any tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist? (see Figure 1)

    
Section 4.34.6.10; 4.25.2
Clear space at storage facilities
Figure 2

Is there a clear floor space 30 x 48 inches at storage facilities which allows for either a forward or side approach in a wheelchair?

    
Section 4.34.6.10; 4.25.3
NYCHA provides removable base cabinets so that residents can install laundry machines. In these locations the wall cabinets may be higher than the UFAS requirements to allow sufficient clearance and provide fire safety.
Storage space
Figure 3

If a side approach is provided, is the storage space between 9 and 54 inches from the floor?

    
If a front approach is provided, is the storage space between 15 and 48 inches from the floor? (see Figure 3)

    
Section 4.34.6.10; 4.25.4; 4.27.4
Is the hardware operable with one hand and does it not require any tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist? (see Figure 3)

    
Section 4.34.6.10(2)
EZ Shelf
Products such as this one, called the EZ Shelf, are good examples of universally designed products. The product increases accessibility by bringing the stored items in cabinets closer to the user by pulling down a gliding shelf unit. 
Cabinet door pulls
Figure 4

Are the door pulls for wall cabinets as close to the bottom of the cabinet doors as possible?

    
Are base cabinet handles as close to the top of the cabinet doors as possible? (see Figure 4)

    
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