Writers & Books Accessibility

Writers & Books

Small black box theater perfect for intimate performances


740 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607


Chris Fanning

Accessible Approach/Entrance

  • Lift access from entrance
  • Route of travel is slip resistant and at least 36” wide
  • Objects can be detected by person with visual disability using a cane
  • Curbs have curb cuts at drives, parking, and drop off

Parking and Drop-Off Areas

  • 1 accessible parking space available with 8’ wide access aisle – no need for 98” of vertical clearance in outdoor parking lot
  • Access aisle for van space marked with hash marks
  • Drop off location in lot (out of traffic) for paratransit user with accessible path on sidewalk to entrance
  • Accessible space is closest to accessible entrance on proper route
  • Accessible space marked with International Symbol of Accessibility


  • Rear entrance to building is accessible and provides direct access to the main floor
  • Lift given as alternative to main entrance stairs
  • Alternate accessible entrance can be used independently (but only to exit)
  • Entrance door has at least 32” of clear opening with at least 18” of clear wall on the pull side of door, next to handle
  • Threshold edge is accessible
  • Door handle no higher than 48” and operable with closed fist (opened with 5 pounds or less pressure)

Rooms and Spaces

  • Aisles and pathways to materials and services at least 36” wide
  • 5’ space for turning a wheelchair completely
  • Obstacles are cane-detectable in circulation paths through public areas

Seats, Tables, and Counters

  • No fixed seating so allows for rearranging
  • Companion seating available
  • Counter has unobstructed space in front of it (measures no less than 30” x 48”) and items are easily reached

Vertical Circulation

  • Lift to main level with elevator access


  • Elevator available
  • Call button in hallway no higher than 42”
  • 60” diameter for circle or t-turn with shut doors
  • Car controls no higher than 48” with emergency controls no higher than 35”
  • Hoist way signs at jambs with accurate braille, raised characters and tactile between 48” and 60”
  • Audible tones to announce current floor
  • Visual cues on the elevator and in the vestibule indicating floor and direction of elevator


  • Fully accessible with pictograms used to identify restrooms (includes braille)
  • Doorway to restroom is at least 32” clear with accessible handles
  • Adequate maneuvering space for a person using a wheelchair (approximately 5’ diameter clear space to make turns)
  • 36” wide path to all fixtures
  • Stall doors operable with a closed fist inside and out
  • Accessible stall with grab bars behind and on the side of wall nearest to the toilet
  • Toilet seat less than 19” high
  • Faucet operable with closed fist
  • Soap and paper towel dispenser not higher than 44”


  • Chris Fanning: (585) 473-2590 ext. 104

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