The new festival staff office doesn’t have an accessible entrance. Help Mia install an access ramp at the correct angle to make sure everyone can get into the office easily…
The Salty Creek Community Festival team has rented a demountable building to serve as the staff office. The building has two steps leading to the entrance, but the festival’s engineering and safety advisor, Mia, is going to replace the steps with a ramp to make the office .
Mia investigates how flat the ramp needs to be for a wheelchair user. She learns that the Australian standards require a gradient no steeper than 1:14.
With just a few calculations, Mia is ready to improve accessibility for everyone who is using the festival staff office. Trigonometry calculations like these are helpful any time it’s necessary to calculate distances and heights of objects, and are used in a wide variety of scientific fields, from modelling sound waves in music theory to charting sea life in marine biology.
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Accessibility refers to the design of products, services, and spaces that are usable by as many people as possible, accounting for a diverse range of individuals, including people with disabilities and temporary limitations, the elderly, pregnant people, neurodivergent people, and people with literacy difficulties. Accessibility benefits everyone, as it aims to remove barriers and provide equal access to information, technology, and physical spaces for all individuals.