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
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, my...

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#7

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

At least there are stoppers!

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#9

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Aaron Pie
Community Member
2 years ago

Protect or decapitate?

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Aria Clarke
Community Member
2 years ago

its for practicing the limbo

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Stop the skaters! Never mind the collateral damage...

Jaime
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like the skate boarders were just having too much fun

Carrotdispenser
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo!

Ava Florine
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo

Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

Uneven bars for the handicapped.

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

Good to know that even the Germans make engineering ouchies.

Laura Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo!

Sandra Nicht
Community Member
2 years ago

wheelchair limbo

louis porter
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo!

BUMMERS
Community Member
2 years ago

Wheelchair limbo?

Phoenix Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

its a game of limbo on the way down

Stephen Cramer
Community Member
2 years ago

WE call this the decapitator.

Bev Brown
Community Member
2 years ago

What’s wrong with this? Just limbo as you go!

Alexandra Shepard
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh my God!

Rick Murray
Community Member
2 years ago

For those who love to limbo...

Lisa Holman
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh what the hell?

Andrew Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

Bad enough being in a wheelchair without being decapitated as well....

Nyree Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

See, the point is, they won’t feel it below the waist anyway. Right? So, it won’t really hurt them if they break their legs using these ramps. Besides, how can it hurt if they they are already in a wheelchair? *sarcastic font*

Id row
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like reverse hurdles.

Lisa Reuss
Community Member
2 years ago

Does no one that works in these buildings go inside and yell, "Okay! Who the fuck did the handicap ramp? You're fired."

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo wheelchair contest?

Diane Bible
Community Member
2 years ago

A dentist funded those stairs. So he could replace all the teeth with 10 chairs.

Rob Hart
Community Member
2 years ago

Without a good railing someone could fall and become handicapped.

Borednana
Community Member
2 years ago

Maxed out stupidity.

Annie De Swart
Community Member
2 years ago

Takes Limbodancing to another level.

Kanga9ine
Community Member
2 years ago

And wet and wild takes on a whole new meaning. Maybe the folks making this high tech suicide runs should try sitting in a wheelchair before thinking they are Frank Gerry or Frank Lloyd Wright.

Michele Lejeune
Community Member
2 years ago

SMFH!!!!

K C
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Wheelchair limbo!!!! How low can YOU go?

David Jeu
Community Member
2 years ago

Hey even handicapped can limbo! :)

Angelique Links
Community Member
2 years ago

first limbodance in weelchair

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

A limbo experience?

Jmich Lala
Community Member
2 years ago

Go Limbo mode. Poor mankind...

Ed Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

Think fast!

Kjorn
Community Member
2 years ago

limbo for disable people

Vicky Zar
Community Member
2 years ago

Wtf?

Shull GaRett
Community Member
2 years ago

Wheelchair limbo anyone?

Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

Limbo for wheelchairs?

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
2 years ago

Extreme wheelchair limbo 😬

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
2 years ago

!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

Baked Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

It wheel chair limbo time

Mya Lugar
Community Member
2 years ago

This setup is evidently made so an assistant can walk up/down in the middle pushing the wheelchair

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Instant decapitation!

Aubrey
Community Member
2 years ago

limbo time

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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
2 years 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
2 years ago

"whee"

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#17

For Disabled People On Stilts

For Disabled People On Stilts

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Wietse Pot
Community Member
2 years ago

I hope that's a bicycle ramp...

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#18

Accessibility Fail

Accessibility Fail

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Rowlie
Community Member
2 years ago

So close

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#19

Extreme Wheelchairing

Extreme Wheelchairing

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Why?

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#20

Wheelchair Friendly

Wheelchair Friendly

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Anne
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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
2 years 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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