Accessibility is a vitally important feature of any civilized society - everyone, regardless of their mobility, should be able to access and enjoy public facilities. Poorly-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, people with disabilities encounter this kind of attitude all too often, and beyond the continuous and ongoing campaigns for accessibility rights, there is little left to do but laugh at these outrageous 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 wheelchair accessibility 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 2 months 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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Cactuar Jon 2 months ago

*person in a wheelchair* "Nah, it's fine. Think I'll take the stairs" 😅

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#3

Extreme Wheelchairing!

Extreme Wheelchairing!

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Lauren Caswell 2 months ago

I have ramp access to my house....and at the end of the ramp is a giant step....not as big as above, but still wtf!

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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 2 months 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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Pan Da 2 months ago

Well they did put the plant to slow you down ... so ...

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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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Peggy Hamilton 2 months ago

You know, just activate the hoverboard part on your wheelchair and tell Alexa to open the door!

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#7

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Foxxy 2 months ago

At first I thought, what’s the problem this is a lift. Then I saw the step. 🤦‍♀️

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#8

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Hans 2 months ago

At least there are stoppers!

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#9

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Lauren Caswell 2 months ago

That person using it is brave

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#10

How Is This Supposed To Work??

How Is This Supposed To Work??

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Monika Soffronow 2 months ago

Possibly someone pointing out that there are no spots reserved for people with disabilities.

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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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Mary Rose Kent 2 months ago

The caption really says it all...

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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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Hans 2 months ago

"Had To Become Handicap Acessible" any building of an authority, and any building with a public function (such as hotels, bathrooms, libraries etc.) should be handicap accessible. Otherwise it prevents handicapped people from participating in a regular life!

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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago

"whee"

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#17

For Disabled People On Stilts

For Disabled People On Stilts

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Wietse Pot 2 months ago

I hope that's a bicycle ramp...

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#18

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Rowlie 2 months ago

So close

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#19

Extreme Wheelchairing

Extreme Wheelchairing

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#20

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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Anne 2 months ago

This is where code meets regulation.. Code says you have to have a banister.. regulation says you need a ramp.

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#21

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

Access For Disabled Wheelchair Users

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Kjorn 2 months 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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Hendra Lim 2 months ago

it's hug the tree campaign

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#23

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

"Wheelchair Access" For The Brave

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Monika Soffronow 2 months 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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Magpie 2 months ago

Wanna bet the door hinge is on our left, and it open out ?

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#25

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Kjorn 2 months ago

we can see 2 cup… so people just pee outside and let their cups outside the bathroom

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#26

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Neon Petra 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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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#31

In Thailand We Prioritize Accessibility For The Disabled

In Thailand We Prioritize Accessibility For The Disabled

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d bradley 2 months ago

they used the "left" blueprint instead of the "right" one

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#32

This Shop Sells Wheelchairs.

This Shop Sells Wheelchairs.

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PandaPiñata 2 months ago

At least you get to test the breaks as you leave.

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#33

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Mary Rose Kent 2 months ago

I can’t help but notice what appears to be a wheelchair on its side just to the right of the steps...

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#34

Accessibility

Accessibility

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Ale_Vidal23 2 months ago

wow, thanks for nothing

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#35

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms With Stairs

Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms With Stairs

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PandaPiñata 2 months ago

Thanks but I am not here for the unisex. I just need to pee.

#36

I Suppose It's A Ramp - Sort Of.

I Suppose It's A Ramp - Sort Of.

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Mary Rose Kent 2 months ago

Ramp-like? Ramp-ish?

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#37

Suicide Ramp

Suicide Ramp

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Red Wyvern Emperor 2 months ago

My only question is... Why the hell does this even exist?

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#38

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

What? Are they suppose to use a rope?

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#39

This Is A Wheelchair Ramp....

This Is A Wheelchair Ramp....

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#40

Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Are Located On The Second Floor. Just A Quick Trip Up The Escalator

Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Are Located On The Second Floor. Just A Quick Trip Up The Escalator

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LuckyL 2 months ago

my friend in a wheelchair would take the escalator ^^ (I know, not everyone can) and he scared the staff a few times doing it

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#41

Design Fail

Design Fail

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PandaPiñata 2 months ago

This is the grave for the disabled people who went YOLO and tried some of the ramps shown in the other pictures.

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#42

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Wij 2 months ago

HEY! Can anyone hear me in there? I'm outside....HELLO?!

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#43

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Pretty Pangolin 2 months ago

So close! Still failing to grasp the concept, though.

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#44

This Wheelchair Ramp

This Wheelchair Ramp

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Ally Kaye 2 months ago

WHY IS THAT EVEN THERE ?

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#45

Making Communities Accessible To Those In Wheelchairs

Making Communities Accessible To Those In Wheelchairs

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Tiny Dynamine 2 months ago

It is mindblowing to see they take the time to add these ramps yet are unable to see what idiots they are for missing the point.

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#46

This Handicapped Restroom Is Not Easy To Get Into In A Wheelchair

This Handicapped Restroom Is Not Easy To Get Into In A Wheelchair

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Bumblebee 2 months ago

I could get in there, if that damn door handle wasn't that high! Though the door seems like a heavyweight door, which makes it a little bit more difficult. But still doable (for me). But the heavy door in combination with the step up makes it a little more challenging. That door handle would be the main problem for me. Plus.. not everyone in a wheelchair can use a heavyweight door.. or go up such a step.

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#47

Was Told To Post This Here: A Ramp For Disabled People That Ends In A Puddle

Was Told To Post This Here: A Ramp For Disabled People That Ends In A Puddle

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Molly Cule 2 months ago

To be fair it looks they've realised their existing path is not accessible to everyone and tried to be more inclusive. It wouldn't surprise me if the metal ramp is a temporary measure. (By stating "temporary", I do, of course, mean a council's version of the word temporary, which could be anywhere between 2 months and 20 years.)

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#48

Do You Know Someone In A Wheelchair? Do You Really Hate That Person?

Do You Know Someone In A Wheelchair? Do You Really Hate That Person?

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#49

Found This In My City

Found This In My City

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Red Wyvern Emperor 2 months ago

No way in, no way out. Now that's a lose-lose.

#50

This Wheelchair Entrance In A Park

This Wheelchair Entrance In A Park

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Fluffy monster 2 months ago

This is weird. Guessing it's to stop bikes entering the park?

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#51

This Wheelchair Ramp. If You Think It Is A Joke... No... It Is Not A Joke.

This Wheelchair Ramp. If You Think It Is A Joke... No... It Is Not A Joke.

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Phoebe Bean 2 months ago

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Considering the nightmare these pictures reveal, att least this one is somewhat manageable, with help, of course!

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#52

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Red Wyvern Emperor 2 months ago

The further down I go, the more I wander... JUST HOW FREAKING DULL ARE THESE ARCHITECTS? Although in defense of this one, if that below it is sand, it might have been half way in it when they made it. Maybe...

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#53

A Wheelchair Access Button On Top Of Staircase

A Wheelchair Access Button On Top Of Staircase

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A B C 2 months ago

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I reckon this is for people to ring, so an employee comes out and helps them.

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#54

This Recently Installed Wheelchair Accessible Route In My Neighborhood.

This Recently Installed Wheelchair Accessible Route In My Neighborhood.

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Monica Michelle 2 months ago

City officials should have to try all of this in a manual wheelchair before it gets signed off on

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#55

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Ale_Vidal23 2 months ago

didn't see the whole Picture.. "well, this one works out actually".. *scrolls down*.. "ohh"..

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#56

Wheelchair Service Reception, Up A Flight Of Stairs.

Wheelchair Service Reception, Up A Flight Of Stairs.

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Kaiserfranzgirl 2 months ago

I think it is pointing to another door further round the building, this is just a fire exit

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#57

This Wheelchair Ramp In Pakistan

This Wheelchair Ramp In Pakistan

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Magpie 2 months ago

Grapple and winch again.

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#58

My Friend On A Wheelchair Took This Photo

My Friend On A Wheelchair Took This Photo

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A B C 2 months ago

Oh come on, it's just ONE step, don't act up. *sarcasm off*

#59

This Wheelchair Ramp That Ends In A Wall

This Wheelchair Ramp That Ends In A Wall

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Kaiserfranzgirl 2 months ago

Could be a gate in the wall?

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#60

Disabled People Have To Learn How To Bunny Hop With Wheelchairs In Lithuania

Disabled People Have To Learn How To Bunny Hop With Wheelchairs In Lithuania

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A B C 2 months ago

Isn't that the same one from (at the moment) #42?

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#61

In Today’s Episode Of Making “Wheelchair-Accessible” Spaces Inaccessible To Wheelchairs...

In Today’s Episode Of Making “Wheelchair-Accessible” Spaces Inaccessible To Wheelchairs...

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#62

The Top Of This Ramp

The Top Of This Ramp

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#63

I Think My College Ramp Beats Yours.

I Think My College Ramp Beats Yours.

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#64

Yes, A Disabled Access And... Oh Crap... (Exceter College, Oxford, England)

Yes, A Disabled Access And... Oh Crap... (Exceter College, Oxford, England)

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Chris 2 months ago

Exceter??!! It's Exeter! I'm sitting in Exeter right now!

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#65

When The Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Isn’t Wheelchair Accessible

When The Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom Isn’t Wheelchair Accessible

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#66

Ramps Of Death

Ramps Of Death

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Jakub Ježík 2 months ago

These are for strollers and bicycles primarily

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#67

Wheelchair Ramp Ends In Metal Chain And Medival Staircase

Wheelchair Ramp Ends In Metal Chain And Medival Staircase

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#68

How Are You Supposed To Get Up That First Bit In A Wheelchair

How Are You Supposed To Get Up That First Bit In A Wheelchair

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Bunzilla 2 months ago

.... it would be relatively simple to add a small ramp to the side that's close to the parking spot... So why didn't they?

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#69

A Handicap Ramp With A Step At The Bottom

A Handicap Ramp With A Step At The Bottom

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#70

Bad Design Style

Bad Design Style

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#71

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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#72

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

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A B C 2 months ago

In German, "Haugesund" would translate to "beat healthy". Kinda contra-intuitive :D

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#73

Sncf (France)

Sncf (France)

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Fifie 2 months ago

The fact is that you buy a special ticket if disabled and SNCF (railway) employees come with an access ramp to let you in an out. And these particular parts of the train are wide enough to let a wheelchair between other seats. No big deal !

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#74

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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#75

This Ramp Leading To Half Door.

This Ramp Leading To Half Door.

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#76

A Wheelchair Ramp For The Athletic, Seen At My Local Mall

A Wheelchair Ramp For The Athletic, Seen At My Local Mall

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#77

This Wheelchair Ramp In Spain

This Wheelchair Ramp In Spain

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Rissie 2 months ago

Not necessarily designed as a wheelchair ramp. It seems there is some difference in height from where the stairs start and the street on the left.

#78

My College Is Installing New 'Wheelchair Access'...

My College Is Installing New 'Wheelchair Access'...

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#79

This Handicap "Accessable" Ramp

This Handicap "Accessable" Ramp

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Bunzilla 2 months ago

So close... and yet, so far.

#80

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail