02-03-2019 12:45 AM - edited 02-03-2019 03:03 AM
Accessibility Uncovered ♿: Fitting Rooms
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Recently, on a family holiday in Hawaii, I was out shopping in an H&M store in Waikiki, Hawaii when I noticed an accessibility sign on the entry of one of the stalls in the fitting room. This took me by surprise, and changed the whole way I looked at the store. It has two levels full of clothing and accessories, yet still had plenty of room around the aisles for a wheelchair to easily get through. Both the male and female fitting rooms were really big and had a reserved stall for persons with disabilities. When I looked inside I could see the change room also had rails and stools.
AN ACCESSIBLE FITTING ROOM
A fitting room is an area or partition in a shop where clients can test clothes before buying. Usually, this is common in retail stores and tends to accommodate one person at a time. People who use the fitting rooms want their privacy.
An accessible fitting room thus is designed in such a way to help differently able to try out clothes with minimal assistance. Countries and states with disability laws have specific requirements for fitting rooms. Some of the compulsory items found in a standard fitting room include a bench, clear floor space, wall mirror and others. Please, check for required code for your area. Find time to read more about fitting rooms.
This is the first fitting room that I have personally seen, with a designated change room designed for people with special needs.
2270 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
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