Disability laws help to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to live comfortably in society and be competitive in the workforce. Even though a lot of accessibility features are mandatory it does not mean that employers cannot do more to make certain they offer a welcoming environment for everyone. Diversity makes communities and companies stronger and that is why every employer should make certain their workplace has layouts for disabled workers that give them the freedom to show their abilities.
Ease of Movement
People need to be able to enter and leave the building, move freely through bathrooms and have accessibility to all floors. These types of movements are mandatory but it is important to plan out even more carefully how easy movement will be around their office and within common areas of the building. Supports for people using canes or crutches, aisles wide enough for wheelchairs and making certain the equipment and features like light switches are all reachable for adults of any height is important.
Ability to Communicate
Not all disabilities involve mobility. Some people have issues with their ability to see, hear and speak. Thankfully, technology has made it much easier for people to communicate despite having a hearing loss or other concerns. In addition to providing the technology necessary it is also helpful for employers to offering training for sign language, adding braille signs throughout the building or to make their workplace as comfortable as possible for service animals.
Safety is Guaranteed
Adjustable tables, desks and shelving and more will prevent the need to stretch and reach. Ramps are a safer option for people with mobility issues than stairs. Rails and handles in bathrooms, alongside ramps and near desks where the employee will frequently need to sit and stand, are also beneficial and help to prevent falls. Insisting on clutter-free zones will eliminate tripping hazards and having an evacuation plan in place that takes into account the needs of everyone are also important considerations.
Every employee deserves to feel safe, comfortable and capable at their workplace. Employers do need to invest a little more time in the layout of their workplace when they are making certain it is as accessible as possible. However, this type of concern is always rewarded by having an environment that is supportive of everyone.