Accommodation for persons with limited mobility needs to address three main areas of challenge that hinder their full and effective participation in society. The following are examples of types of policies that could be adopted in order to accommodate persons with limited mobility:

1. Distance to be walked – one way:

  • A maximum distance of 15 m from a main entrance to on-street parking near that entrance.
  • A maximum distance of 15 m from a main entrance to off-site lane parking.
  • At least one universal rest room within 15 m of the main entrance.
  • The positioning of underground handicapped parking stalls so that the driver’s door is within 15 m of an elevator.
  • A maximum distance of 15 m from a seated waiting area to the service window in a government service office.
  • A maximum distance of 15 m from public parking to out-of-doors public amenities such as waterfronts, parks, viewing sites, etc.

2.  Time standing unsupported:

  • Where access to a public service requires standing in line, provide a ticket number dispenser at the entrance with seating for people waiting their turn.
  • Where individuals are expected to stand using service kiosks, provide a seated alternative.
  • Where possible, provide online alternatives for accessing public services from home.

3.  The ability to sit and rest on benches or chairs until pain subsides:

  • For individuals waiting for elevators.
  • At intervals of least every 15 m for:
    • Buildings with entrances set back from the street more than 15 m.
    • Corridors longer than 15 m.
    • Shopping malls.
    • Public viewing sites