When it comes to making spaces accessible, the devil is in the details.”
During the recent Architecture Boston Expo (ABX), Studio G staff members were given the opportunity to experience first-hand the challenges of navigating a space with a disability at the Disabilities Awareness Obstacle Course. Organized by the ADA, Ruth Neeman AIA, Katie McGuinness Assoc AIA, and Diane Dooley AIA, the obstacle course featured an interactive exhibit revealing these details, including two ramps, toilet rooms, and kitchenettes, meant to look identical to one another. One space was universally designed and easy to use, while the other contained common design errors, making it difficult or impossible to use.
ABX attendees were encouraged to navigate through the space with a wheelchair, scooter, crutches, cane or vision impairment goggles. Volunteers with (real) disabilities and members of the BSA Access and Design for Aging committees were always standing by, ready to assist visitors and highlight the design distinctions that make a user-friendly, barrier-free space. As one Studio G staff member said:
“It brought accessibility issues to life.”
Click the following YouTube link to watch videos of our Interior Designer, Tearar, in action at the obstacle course: