As you’re planning your disability employment and inclusion program, you’ll need to make sure your facility is set up to help your new employees function at their best. The good news: Any modifications you need to make—like Installing automatic doors, for example—will only make the site better for all of your employees.

But you’ll want to think beyond just physical facility readiness, and consider your information, communications and technology (ICT) readiness and accessibility, too. Like physical modifications, addressing ICT accessibility concerns will help everyone in your company—not just your employees with disabilities. These 11 questions can help you make sure your facility is ready for your program:

  • Are there designated parking spaces for people with disabilities—and are they close to the worksite’s entrance?
  • Is there a pathway without abrupt level changes or steps that leads from the parking area to the entrance?
  • If ramps are used to provide access, are they appropriately graded and are handrails provided?
  • Are the doors wide enough (36 inches) for people using wheelchairs?
  • Are the doors easy to open (e.g., not excessively heavy, with easily grasped handles, or automatic)?
  • Is the Human Resources office in an accessible location?
  • Are pathways to the bathroom, water fountain and public telephone accessible?—and can people with disabilities use them?
  • Are elevators accessible to all people with disabilities (e.g., control panels lower than 54 inches from the floor, raised symbols or numbers on the control panels)?
  • Is signage appropriate and accessible for people with visual, learning and cognitive disabilities (including the use of symbols and graphics)?
  • Does the emergency warning system include both audio and visual alarms?

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