Visiting a new establishment with business facilities.

In August I visited an establishment with a restaurant, café, hotel and business meeting facilities in Huizen. It had monumental building parts and also just new completed buildings. I was astonished when the ‘accessible’entrance of the monumental building where the meeting took place had a treshold of approximately 10 centimeters. The other entrance with a much lower threshold could only be reached via a stairs. The other business people attending the meeting were creative and came up with this solution, combined with pushing, to help an electric wheelchair user to enter.

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The meeting was held in a conversation pit and had three steps going down. There was a portable ramp available, but it was way to steep. The electric wheelchair user had to be supported going down and up, otherwise the wheelchair could collapse.

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After the meeting we wanted to get a drink at the restaurant/café which was located within a new building. But how do you enter the sidewalk when there is no ramp at all? We had to go around the back since the entrance had a few steps as well and then push the wheelchair up the ramp again. We stayed out on the terrace since the weather was great. When I went inside to visit the ladies room I concluded this was a good thing. There were so many tables to close to each other that the wheelchair couldn’t get through. Also not to visit the disabled toilet in the basement.

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Huizen, August 2013