These pages are dedicated to examples of truly egregious miscarriages of accessibility. In order to qualify for the Hall of Shame, a facilty must have made an attempt to provide accessibility, and, generally through thoughtlessness, have made a completely unworkable access feature.The motivation for this site was the discovery, in Kingston, PA, of two diagonal curb cuts, within a block of each other, with telephone poles in the middle of them. These are brand new curb cuts, just installed by the city, without any idea of how a curb cut should be constructed.I am always looking for new submissions to the Hall of Shame. If you know of equally bad examples of accessibility, please forward them to danson@misericordia.edu.

In response to requests from early visitors, each picture is displayed in a printable size (no more than 6 inches wide). Each picture is also a link to a full resolution picture of the feature. These larger pictures may take a while to download of you have a slow connection, but feel free to use them for your own presentations as needed.


During the 2004 CSUN conference, I felt the need to take a walk around the neighborhood. I found that the Westin Hotel, just down the street from the conference, was hoping to bring in a few guests in wheelchairs with this obviously carefully designed ramp.

This ramp is no more than a couple of sheets of plywood laid over the stairs, with 2x4 legs to support it.  The slope is too great to meet standards, and because one leg was too long for the step, it was simply pounded over to rest on the sidewalk, providing no support!  There is no handrail or any curb to keep a wheelchair from rolling off the side of the ramp.The end of this amazing ramp is a 2x4, beveled to about 60 degrees on the front edge.


Curb cut in Kingston, PA - This is a newly installed curb cut, photographed on the morning of 10/2/01

Telephone Pole in Mid Curb Cut


And, just to show that it isn't a fluke, this curb cut, also new, is just one block away!

Telephone pole in curb cut


Here is a clear example of following some of the rules, without any idea of why. This curb cut would appear to give better access to another barrier, but not much else.

Curb Cut to NoWhere


In New York, this passes for a curb cut. With a little more work, it could be a curb cut, but doesn't meet the standard now.


It looks like this grating could swollow a wheelchair whole! Assuming that you could get onto the grating from the curb in the first place. I don't think the surface here qualifies as "firm, stable, and slip resistant."


This is an example of mixed messages that can confuse even the best of us! This is at the Nugget Hotel, in Reno Nevada.

Do I push or pull?  Mixed Message.


This church installed a ramp on honor of a former parishoner. Unfortunately it is about two times steeper than the standard and ought to be a lot of fun in the winter.


Here is a picture of a ramp to a building, I believe it is a law office, or was at one time, with a residence in the back. I just cant believe that anyone actually uses this ramp. It mush be just for show!
Antoinette Verdone, MSBME

(Perhaps it is a combination wheelchair ramp and ski jump? Denis)


Making the World a More Accessible Place:

A new phone system was installed on our schools this year. Several teachers asked why the phones were installed so low on the wall. They were told that it was to accomodate people in wheelechairs. The funny part of it is, in the one classroom where we have five students in wheelchairs, the phone now blocks access to the light switches. Even the service dog can not reach it. Of course, if the dog wants to use the phone, that is accessible!

Jean Lovett