The reception desk

The reception area, specifically the reception desk, is one of the first pieces of furniture that a visitor sees when they enter a school building. Good provisions here will give an immediate message to people with disabilities as to whether or not the school will be accessible.

Visitors to the school will often need to read and sign documents over the desk so it is important that they have access to the counter top. To aid this, the counter should be offered at two heights; a lower one for those in a wheelchair, younger or shorter visitors, that should be between 800mm and 850mm and one at a higher level so that those with poor mobility do not need to stoop or let go of their canes, etc. at a height of between 950mm and 1100mm.