When we apply the building codes and accessibility standards, it’s important to remember that codes establish the minimum acceptable level of safety / accessibility. The video below is a candid illustration of a door that is code-compliant, but still doesn’t provide access for all (if you have trouble with the embedded video, click here to go to the article and video on KOIN.com).
You may have seen the article I recently posted about Hollister, a clothing store which was ordered by a Denver federal judge to redesign 230 store entrances to provide accessibility. The entrance features a “front porch” design with two steps, and an accessible door with an automatic operator on one or both sides of the porch (one of these doors is visible in the photo below). A person in a wheelchair can enter the store, but through the door beside the main entrance.