Q10. What are some examples of architectural barriers?

A10. Architectural barriers are physical features that limit or prevent people with disabilities from obtaining the goods or services that are offered.
Common examples include:

  • Parking spaces that are too narrow and/or lack an adjacent access aisle for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices
  • Steps at the entrance of a store or inside the store, where they are necessary to access goods or services
  • Round doorknobs or door hardware that is difficult to grasp
  • Aisles that are too narrow for a person using a wheelchair, electric scooter, or a walker
  • High counters at checkout aisles or where items are available
  • Narrow checkout aisles at cash registers
  • Fixed tables in eating areas that are too low to accommodate a person using a wheelchair or fixed seats in eating areas that prevent a person using a wheelchair from pulling under the table