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    Accessible oven & cooktop

    Just wondering what you peers think of my new wheelchair accessible cooktop and oven. Do you see anything wrong? Would this be considered accessible under the ADA law?


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    I thought the accessible ones were wheel under cook tops and a wall oven even with your chair so you could reach???

    (I wish I had one but no - Whirlpool electric stove with the dials at the back).
    Last edited by lynnifer; 04-07-2013 at 12:12 AM. Reason: spelled Whirlpool wrong - all my appliances are the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    Just wondering what you peers think of my new wheelchair accessible cooktop and oven. Do you see anything wrong? Would this be considered accessible under the ADA law?
    Would not be considered to be wheelchair accessible by most current standards in the USA, but I don't believe that the ADA regulations apply to private home kitchens. The regulations (not the law) spell out the specific standards for kitchens only in "places of public accommodation".

    (KLD)

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    nothing "wrong" with it, but it's not as functional as it could be for most wheelchair users.

    some food for thought (written by my wife): http://universaldesign.org/tips/kitchens/appliances

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    Quote Originally Posted by -scott- View Post
    nothing "wrong" with it, but it's not as functional as it could be for most wheelchair users.

    some food for thought (written by my wife): http://universaldesign.org/tips/kitchens/appliances
    Notice your wife didn't say: "Jam the wall oven under the cooktop, screw the user-friendly height."

    What they did was take two accessible appliances and render them both inaccessible. So far the glass for one oven door has been broken and another tenant burned her leg reaching down trying to get something out of the oven.

    Thanks for the link. I will use it to prove my point with management.

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    Yup.

    Unfortunately the owners of your building likely aren't obligated to make any changes, but a little education certainly won't hurt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    Just wondering what you peers think of my new wheelchair accessible cooktop and oven. Do you see anything wrong? Would this be considered accessible under the ADA law?

    I know that under current ADA that if it's subsidized housing it would not pass. My son gets involved in these all the time.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    I've yet to have a oven that's safe for me to use-damn Spina Bifida shortness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    Just wondering what you peers think of my new wheelchair accessible cooktop and oven. Do you see anything wrong? Would this be considered accessible under the ADA law?


    I'm wondering why the handle on the oven positioned vertically? Please tell me that doesn't mean that the oven opens side ways. If that is the case, it is very dangerous, imo.

    Also where are the controls to the stove top? Your setup doesn't look safe at all. I hope somebody will listen to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sugarcube View Post
    I'm wondering why the handle on the oven positioned vertically? Please tell me that doesn't mean that the oven opens side ways. If that is the case, it is very dangerous, imo.

    Also where are the controls to the stove top? Your setup doesn't look safe at all. I hope somebody will listen to you.
    The vertical handle would make sense if the wall oven was actually in the wall. A simple pull out below it would allow you to pull hot dishes onto that surface. One of our tenants burned her leg trying to get things out of the oven. And one glass door has been shattered by a wheelchair.

    The stove's controls are actually conveniently at the front. They are touch sensitive like an iPad. It would be a wonderful stovetop if not for the oven jammed underneath.

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