disabled. I really wish it were not so, but it is.
But because of that I have now learned something I never knew. Here it is: much of what passes for handicapped bathrooms are unworkable. They are there to help typical people will feel good and to comply with the law, but are not all that great for the truly handicapped.
Let me give you an example. A restaurant I often go to has a wonderful handicapped bathroom. They have worked hard to make sure that all is good there. But of course, there is a problem.
To get into the bathroom, you have to open the door that probably has a 20-pound spring on it. Maybe 30. OK, I want you to sit on a manual wheelchair and try to open that. Now add in a little general muscle weakness. You usually just have to wait there for a “Good Samaritan” to come by and open the door for you.
I know of two places that have no door at all into the bathroom. There is an L-shaped entry, and that is fantastic. Walmart and Costco have that. I know of nowhere else that does. I haven’t done a complete survey, however. You can bet that I patronize those places whenever I can. I know of one customer they have won.
I fully understand that you are taking up valuable (and expensive) floorspace by designing things like that. But having a nice handicapped bathroom is essentially worthless if I can’t even get in. I should consult with people who are building…