Short Tilte:A pilot study of functional access to public buildings and facilities for persons with impairments
Journal:Disability and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):04, 26, 5, 280-289
Survey study measured functional access to public buildings and facilities for people with and without disabilities. Participants included: one person who used a wheelchair, one with a mobility impairment who did not use a wheelchair, one with a visual impairment, and one with no known impairments (control). Functional access was measured by the number of tasks performed, the time and distance required to complete the building challenges, and reports of barriers and facilitators for each building challenge and task. The wheelchair user demonstrated a lower task performance (81 percent) in comparison to the control subject (100 percent) or the person with mobility impairment (97 percent) or the one with a visual impairment (98 percent). There was little difference in mean values for time and distance to complete tasks. More barriers were reported by the person with visual impairment, the wheelchair user, and the non-wheelchair user; highest facilitators were reported by the person with visual impairment and the wheelchair user. The control reported the lowest barriers and facilitators.