After watching the video “Why Design Should Include Everyone” you are going to take a Virtual walk through the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. You will be asked to explore the rooms and exhibits while keeping in mind both ADA compliance and over accessibility of different types of disabilities. -Why Design Should Include Everyone

You will need the following form to complete the activity: ADA Compliance Activity Form – Museum of Natural History
Then follow the instructions below to complete the assignment (you can also download them HERE
to print out).
• Go the Museum of Natural History – Virtual Tours (Links to an external site.) page
• Read the Virtual Tour Tips.
• Choose one of the following available tours: Permanent Exhibits, Current Exhibits, or Past Exhibits. Follow the tour through several areas paying attention to accessibility within different areas of the Museum. Consider the ADA requirements listed on the ADA Compliance Activity form as well as the different types of disabilities you have learned about thus far.
• Specify three areas/rooms (e.g. Bone Hall) in the tour you chose. It is also helpful if you try to find the nearest bathroom, sink or water fountain.
• Identify three ADA requirements (listed below). Comment on each as they are seen or not seen in the rooms/areas being observed.
• Note – you choose 3 rooms and 3 requirements per room for a total of 9.
• Answer the question at the bottom of the Activity form.

ADA Requirements
Route to location One accessible route (36 inch path) from public transportation stops, public streets or sidewalks to building.
Nearest Handicapped Parking Spaces 1:25 ratio (one space per 25)
Nearest Elevator
(if no elevator, mark as NA) · One-passenger elevator shall serve each floor.
· Raised numbers or Braille characters must be present
Ramps Accessible ramps or wheelchair lifts may be used for access.
Ramp must be 36 inches wide and have handrails on both sides
Nearest Accessible Door At least one accessible door.
· Width of 32 inches with a door opening of 90 degrees.
· Door hardware must have shape easy to grasp. Entrances NOT accessible must have signage which indicates the location of accessible door.
Nearest Drinking fountain One fountain must be accessible to individuals in wheel chairs (spout no higher than 36” from floor)
Braille Characters Braille characters for each room
Handrails/Stairs Full extension of handrails at both sides of stairs
· 36 inches for wheelchair passage
· 60 inches for wheelchair turning space
Accessible Bathroom There must be an accessible bathroom
Sinks · No higher than 34 inches from floor.
· Clear space of 30 by 48 inches to allow forward approach.
· Hot water pipes must be insulated or protected against contact.
· Faucets must be lever operated, push-type, or electronically controlled.

Which kind of disability do you think would be the hardest to accommodate in the Museum? Why?

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