orig. U.S. Capable of being conveniently used or accessed by people with disabilities; of or designating goods, services, or facilities designed to meet the needs of the disabled.
1970 Amer. Jrnl. Nursing 70 43/1
Symbol for identifying accessible buildings and facilities.
1985 N.Y. Times 8 June x. 3/1
Tour buses have lifts to get wheelchairs aboard..and restrooms that are readily accessible.
1991 House Beautiful Kitchens/Baths Winter 20/1
Accessible design meets everyone's needs—those who use a wheelchair or have limited sight.
2000 C. Casserly in J. Cooper Laws, Rights & Disability vi. 157
The Code of Practice gives detailed guidance on different types of auxiliary aids and services, including accessible websites and subtitles.
2008 N.Y. Times Mag. 6 Jan. 43/1
At the behest of groups representing the disabled, HAVA required each poll station to have at least one ‘accessible’ machine.
The majority of galleries and all special exhibitions are fully accessible.
The Horniman is fully accessible from the main public entrance on London Road.
"I remember when King's Cross wasn't accessible"
Standards and guidance on designing accessible railway stations and trains.
refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities.
The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development
ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and "indirect access" meaning compatibility with a person's assistive technology
(for example, computer screen readers
2. Words to use and avoid
Avoid passive, victim words. Use language that respects disabled people as active individuals with control over their own lives.
Avoid: (the) handicapped, use: (the) disabled/disabled (people)