Accessibility in urban planning is a vitally important feature of any civilized society - everyone, regardless of their mobility, should be able to access and enjoy public facilities. Crappy-designed accessibility for people in wheelchairs, for example, sends a pretty insulting message: "We added this feature because someone told us we had to, but it's not important enough that we put any effort into making sure it actually helps."

Accessibility then becomes purely symbolic, something designed to show that we care, but has no practical purpose. Sadly, disabled people encounter this kind of attitude all too often, and beyond the continuous and ongoing campaigns for wheelchair accessible planning, there is little left to do but laugh at these outrageous design fails collected by Bored Panda.

So scroll down below to see where good intentions can go wrong for yourself, and if you see bad examples of disability-friendly designs in your neighborhood, be sure to report it to your local council or government representative!

#1

To Invite A Disabled Man To Talk About Accessibility..

To Invite A Disabled Man To Talk About Accessibility..

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

Gets carried on stage, stares at audience, "this".

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For some insight on accessibility matters Bored Panda spoke to Julienne at abilities.com, the resource for the disability community in the USA. Julienne is sadly all too acquainted with businesses making half-hearted attempts to prioritize and provide effective accessibility, even if they do follow the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.

"Unfortunately, accessibility is just a burr under the saddle of many business owners," she told us. "It is an expense they don’t think they can afford because they don’t view the wheelchair community as the over $1 Trillion aggregate income market that it is. Their businesses aren’t accessible so they don’t see people in wheelchairs, so they don’t think they are important in their market. A classic Joseph Heller: Catch-22."

#2

If You Aren't Already In A Wheelchair, You Will Be After This

If You Aren't Already In A Wheelchair, You Will Be After This

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

This has to be a joke, and a cruel one for that matter. Why wasting money like this instead of doing things right?

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#3

Extreme Wheelchairing!

Extreme Wheelchairing!

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

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So what can be done to improve awareness on the importance of accessibility? How do we get businesses to understand that cutting costs and corners to make inadequate facilities isn't just inconvenient and potentially dangerous, but offensive too?

"People with disabilities and their supporters have to speak up," Julienne continues. "Post it on Yelp, take pictures and post it on the businesses’ social media. Use peer pressure, shame them, and most of all, vote with your wallet. Unfortunately, the winner there is Amazon. They saw the need of people who can’t/don’t want to leave their houses and have exploited it superbly.".

#4

This Crosswalk For The Handicapped

This Crosswalk For The Handicapped

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Arghhhhh!!!

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#5

Being Handicapped In Cabo San Lucas Is Apparently An Extreme Sport. (Fb Friend's Vacation Pic)

Being Handicapped In Cabo San Lucas Is Apparently An Extreme Sport. (Fb Friend's Vacation Pic)

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Stairway to Hell

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Julienne believes that the best thing businesses can do is to simply ask a person using a wheelchair to share their experiences, and learn from them. Over 23 years in the wheelchair she has encountered no end of rude and frustrating situations where a little basic understanding would sure go a long way.

"The biggest problem is that they don’t have someone in a wheelchair consulting on the build," Julienne says. "If they had someone in a wheelchair try to bump up a steep grade, for example, and then hold themselves in place with one hand on a wheel while trying to open a heavy door with a handle too high, that swings OUT, they never would have built it that way."

"Put all owners, designers and employees in a wheelchair for a day and let them try it."

Makes sense, doesn't it? Julienne believes that it all starts with the individual’s awareness, so don't be afraid to talk to people with disabilities about their accessibility needs and frustrations. The more we learn to empathize with each other and experience the world in another person's shoes, the better things will be for everyone!

#6

Epic Fail When It Comes To Accessibility

Epic Fail When It Comes To Accessibility

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, my...

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#7

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

I cannot even....

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#8

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

This is quite terrible. The only "effort" made here was posting those signs...

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#9

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

More like a Disneyland ride, just scarier.

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#10

How Is This Supposed To Work??

How Is This Supposed To Work??

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Just no.

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#11

Because F**k You For Being In A Wheelchair

Because F**k You For Being In A Wheelchair

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

I can almost picture the staircase here...

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#12

The Portuguese Parliament Had To Become Handicap Acessible Due To Having One Deputy On A Wheelchair. This Is The Result

The Portuguese Parliament Had To Become Handicap Acessible Due To Having One Deputy On A Wheelchair. This Is The Result

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

No, no, no.

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#13

Hospital Which I Work Has These Wheelchairs For The Patients

Hospital Which I Work Has These Wheelchairs For The Patients

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

This seems incredibly resourceful. Where is this? That model would be $4,500 not covered by insurance in the US.

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#14

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, the rail guy flew in to protect people from the ramp guy.

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#15

For Those Who Feel They Aren't Quite Handicapped Enough...

For Those Who Feel They Aren't Quite Handicapped Enough...

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Rissie
Community Member
1 year ago

What's with these wheelchair slides? Are people really that stupid? Or just lazy?

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#16

This Handicap Ramp

This Handicap Ramp

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

"whee"

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#17

For Disabled People On Stilts

For Disabled People On Stilts

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

What. Why?

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#18

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

So close

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#19

Extreme Wheelchairing

Extreme Wheelchairing

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?

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#20

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

Ramp was an afterthought

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#21

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

even on feet it must be hard to climb that ramp

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#22

Design Fail

Design Fail

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 year ago

It gets worse and worse...

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#23

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

It is also a way to increase the wheelchair-bound population, especially if someone is walking along absorbed on the cell phone. Is that an orthopedist next door?

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#24

This Wheelchair Ramp

This Wheelchair Ramp

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Hans
Community Member
1 year ago

At least it has railings.

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#25

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Brandy Grote
Community Member
1 year ago

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Probably implies it's larger inside, which can be nice.

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#26

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Neon Petra
Community Member
1 year ago

How to break glass doors: wheelchair edition.

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#27

Hats Off To The Genius Who Installed This Disabled Access Ramp

Hats Off To The Genius Who Installed This Disabled Access Ramp

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Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

And it's not even the worst one on this list!

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#28

It's Just Up The Stairs

It's Just Up The Stairs

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Michele Lejeune
Community Member
1 year ago

UNEFFINGBELIEVABE!!!

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#29

At Least Wheelchairs Can Reach The First Stair

At Least Wheelchairs Can Reach The First Stair

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

So they’re saved from going up one extra stair? Good job, everyone!

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#30

Oh Yeah, You Could Get A Wheelchair In There No Problem

Oh Yeah, You Could Get A Wheelchair In There No Problem

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

This locker is for disabled people because it is the only one that you can sit in front of. I would imagine this is to suit a particular person's needs. The sign is obviously not only for people who are in actual wheel-chairs, it is an immediately recognizable symbol!

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