How are wheelchair-accessible dwellings laid out?
The layout of wheelchair-accessible dwellings is designed to allow people with a physical disability to spend time there and move around in a wheelchair comfortably and without danger.
DIN 18040-2 differentiates between public areas, for example, outside an apartment block, and private living areas. The public areas must be wheelchair-accessible, i.e. they can be used by a person in a wheelchair. This includes accesses and entrances, garages, communal hallways and communal rooms such as laundries or basements. For example, buildings with a ramp to allow access by wheelchair users, in buildings with several floors, a lift is available to allow access to dwellings without external assistance. There are no insurmountable steps or very narrow passages that make use with a wheelchair more difficult.
In private living areas, the DIN standard differentiates between accessible dwellings and wheelchair-accessible dwellings. A wheelchair-accessible dwelling meets all DIN standard requirements for an accessible dwelling and other requirements beyond this. The main differences relate to dimensions and special amenities.