How can a biomedical lab be made accessible to people with disabilities?

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Features to make a biomedical lab accessible to people with disabilities could include

  • an open floor plan,
  • mobile, adjustable height work stations,
  • accessible fume hoods,
  • accessible safety equipment (eyewash stations, safety showers),
  • accessible sinks,
  • motion activated biohazard disposal bend, and
  • large print and Braille labels.

Purdue University’s Accessible Biomedical Immersion Laboratory (ABIL), a biomedical research lab designed to be accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, includes these features. ABIL works to to increase research capacity and improve lab safety for persons with disabilities. Take a virtual tour of ABIL or explore a 3-D Interactive simulation.