The manual is intended to help school districts comply with federal mandates for physical accessibility and least restrictive settings for handicapped elementary school children. A general introduction to the accessibility concept in chapter 1 considers the historical background, the role of the physical environment, and existing federal guidelines and regulations. Results of a survey of over 50 schools are reported in chapter 2, along with illustrations of 22 common problems (such as inadequate fire safety provisions, circulation hazards, unsafe stairs, limited access in libraries, inadequate furniture and cabinetry, and playgrounds not designed with disability in mind). Chapter 3 focuses on accessibility implementation, noting planning factors, problem identification, and cost estimating procedures. The fourth chapter presents technical information for the design of barrier free renovations, presenting solutions to problems posed in chapter 2. The final chapter presents case studies.
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