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Disability Aids (DDA)

Need help? Need help? Is your workplace a welcoming environment for all? There are many items available to improve the working experience and safety of disabled personnel. Some items are electronic devices, which will enable otherwise impossible tasks to be carried out. If you have structured your premises to comply with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), you will find many helpful devices to assist a disabled person, as well as signs that will prove useful in directing users to available assistance. The disability aids referred to involve wheelchair access at doors, and auditory devices for those using hearing aids.

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Disability Assistance Equipment: Buying Guide

Wheelchair-bound visitors to your workplace will use a door with ramped access, and when they arrive, they will also need an accessible doorbell so they can alert reception. The DDA wireless doorbell has a portable chime unit that security personnel can clip to their belt. A signal is transmitted to the remote chime unit when the doorbell is pressed. If you don’t need the chime to be carried around, simply use the mounting hole to hook the chime device on or near the door. Wires from the outside door button run through the frame to the transmitter mounted inside the door. A great feature of this doorbell is that it may be used in conjunction with partner units at the building. Each doorbell has a good range and may be set to give a different chime, which will help staff inside identify which doorbell is being pressed.

Although it may not be used on mesh glass, the touch glass wireless alerter is handy for large glass doors, where holes through the frame are difficult to arrange, or where the wheelchair user cannot easily get adjacent to a frame-mounted bell. It is suitable for use even with safety glass thickness, making it ideal for shop or business front entrances. Simply attach it to the inside of the glass so that when a disabled visitor touches the glass outside, the remote chime will sound. The portable chime may be carried by an employee and has a range suitable for commercial use.

Having installed such a ramp and an easily accessible doorbell, it is advisable to use signs from the car park or main entrance directing visitors to ramped access. These and other access signs, such as the DDA reception signs, will prove most helpful to wheelchair users, as they may also look for information on accessible lifts or toilets within the building. Adhesive signs that are rigid polypropylene and bond extremely strongly to smooth surfaces may be used. You may custom-design your own various specific signs in normal or tactile or braille lettering – or both. The use of strongly contrasting colours will aid those who are partially sighted to see the notice.

You will find that communication with a hearing aid wearer is made simple when using a Contacta portable induction loop. When the hearing aid is set to the T position, the aid will pick up signals from the microphone unit. This being portable, it can be placed and adjusted for the maximum benefit to users. In a noisy background, point the microphone in the back of the desktop unit towards the staff member, and a conversation may be held at normal levels. If the induction loop is used while connected to power, it will automatically self-charge, but it will work while unplugged for situations that require this – until it needs charging again. The Contacta discreet induction loop works especially well at an information counter or ticket office, where the staff member may address a wide area. As the name implies, it can be installed out of sight, and covers a wide enough area, as long as the hearer has their hearing aid switched to the T position. The kit contains a sign that indicates hearing loop facilities, which should be put up in the area.