Barriers are obstacles — things that stand in the way of people with disabilities doing many of the day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted. Barriers make shopping, working, going to a movie or taking public transit difficult, sometimes impossible, for people with disabilities.
There are many kinds of barriers:
Architectural and physical barriers are features of buildings or spaces that cause problems for people with disabilities. Examples are:
Information or communications barriers happen when a person can’t easily understand information. Examples are:
Attitudinal barriers are those that discriminate against people with disabilities. Examples are:
Technology barriers occur when a technology can’t be modified to support various assistive devices. An example is:
Systemic barriers are an organization’s policies, practices or procedures that discriminate against people with disabilities. An example is: