Wheelchair user passing a door and using handrail to close.
© Hazel Jones and Bob Reed. 2005

Special attention to handles will facilitate opening, as well as grabbing, lifting, and pushing doors or windows for women and men with disabilities, and will equally benefit older people and children.

Different types of door handles, indicating that cylindrical handle should not be used
© AUOR 2015

Chose handles that are easy to grab.

As shown in the above drawing, doorknobs or cylindrical handle are difficult to grip and turn. They should be avoided.

Doorhandles should be positioned at a height between 80-90 cm to be easy to use for wheelchair users. On a sliding door, an excellent pull handle is the "D" pull handle, as shown in the drawing below together with other easy to grip handles.

Four examples of door handles. A "D" pull handle, a turn handle, a push handle and a pull handle
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