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
Additional information
Section 4.1.2(5)
Lifts are not permitted in new construction except where no other alternative is possible. If a platform lift is installed, it must be usable without assistance.
Section 4.11.2; 4.2.4
Wheelchair lifts provide an
alternative to ramps and 
elevators when space is

Lift clear space
Figure 1

Is there at least a 30 x 48 inch clear space positioned for
a person in a wheelchair to reach the controls and enter the lift?

Lift platform
Figure 2

Is the lift platform at least 30 x 48 inches? 

Section 4.11.2; 4.27.3; 4.2.5; 4.2.6
Lift reach
Figure 3

Is the height of the lift control 48 inches or less for a forward reach?

If the clear space allows for a side reach, is the height of the lift control 54 inches or less?

Additional Issues
Section 4.11.1; 4.27
Lift control
Figure 4

Are the controls operable with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist?

Section 4.11.1; 4.5.2
Lift with a beveled edge
Figure 5

Where the lift meets the ground is there a change in level of between no greater than 1/2 inch and a beveled edge with a slope of 1:2 or less?

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