accessible

In by Mark Goodman

In the opinion of the inspector, can be approached or entered safely, without difficulty, fear or danger.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
accessible (adjective)
1.
providing - access
2.
a) capable of being reached - accessible by rail , also being within reach - fashions at accessible prices
b) easy to communicate or deal with - accessible people
3.
capable of being influenced - open accessible to new ideas
4.
capable of being used or seen - available the collection is not currently accessible
5.
capable of being understood or appreciated - the author's most accessible stories an accessible film
accessible (Wikipedia)

Accessibility 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).

Accessibility can be viewed as the "ability to access" and benefit from some system or entity. The concept focuses on enabling access for people with disabilities, or special needs, or enabling access through the use of assistive technology; however, research and development in accessibility brings benefits to everyone.

Accessibility is not to be confused with usability, which is the extent to which a product (such as a device, service, or environment) can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use.

Accessibility is strongly related to universal design which is the process of creating products that are usable by people with the widest possible range of abilities, operating within the widest possible range of situations. This is about making things accessible to all people (whether they have a disability or not).

a woman with a baby carriage uses a platform lift to access a station above street level
Universal access is provided in Curitiba's public transport system, Brazil.
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