Request Eastland Mall's "Bergner's" to widen their aisles for easier Wheelchair Access

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Most of us rely on Bergner’s as a vital resource to purchase clothes and many other necessities for ourselves and our families. For those with mobility issues, this resource becomes a very laborious task to complete due to the inaccessibility of the narrow aisles. We would like to eliminate this problem by asking Bergner’s in Bloomington, Illinois to widen their aisles and allow easier access to those with mobility limitations.

According to Colorado State University, a mobile impairment is defined as “the inability of a person to use one or more of his/her extremities, or a lack of strength to walk, grasp, or lift objects.” While enjoying Bergner’s, all of these impairments can become a struggle, making navigating the store in its current state a very difficult task. Squeezing through a tight or cluttered aisle may be slightly uncomfortable to able bodied individuals, but it can be impossible for someone who has mobility impairments. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), the average adult wheelchair can be up to 50 inches long and up to 32 inches wide. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities clearly states on page 18, “the minimum clear width for single wheelchair passage shall be 32 in (815 mm) at a point and 36 in (915 mm) continuously.” We found that most aisles in Bergner’s average 25 inches in width, which not only fails to comply with ADA Guidelines but is also barely wide enough for a small wheelchair to scrape by.

We understand square footage for retail space will be the main concern and that is why we are requesting that the aisles have a minimum width of 36 inches. This alteration is 11 more inches than the current average aisle and 4 inches wider than the average adult wheelchair. This is a small change that will make a massive impact on how shopping is experienced and will open many doors for individuals who are not currently able to enjoy shopping at Bergner’s.

We cannot make this change alone. Please leave your name showing your support of our proposition and together we can make a difference in our community.

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