Ask an Expert
1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try,experience
Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.
Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.
This month, I'd like to answer the following question:
How to make fitness equipment more accessible
It really does not sound as difficult as you may think. I would say that all it takes is just that extra bit of thought and a tinge more work to get the job done. Don't be afraid, here are some tips to get you started.
First, you need to ensure that your manuals and instructions are always in alternate formats; large print, on CD, or online in any of the following file formats: HTML, Word, RTF, or TXT. I would say that Braille should only be provided upon request.
Second, manuals and instructions should be easy to read and should be written in easy to understand language.
Third, display screens and control panels should come with some sort of voice over capability and large print screen display.
Fourth, buttons, knobs, and levers should be made easy to locate. They should be distinguishable and there should be enough space between each.
Fifth, buttons, knobs, and levers should be solidly built and securely attached to equipment so that they do not easily fall off. Or that they cannot be easily manoeuvred by young children.
Sixth, the ends of handle bars should be made of rubber and surfaces where one needs to stand or place their feet should also be rubberized.
These tips should be enough to get you started on the right track.I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and roving reporter wishing you a terrific day.
Now you can enjoy audio mysteries written by Donna Jodhan at http://www.donnajodhan.com.
Come and see another side of Donna as an author through her mystery writing as Detective DJ.