In order to be ADA-compliant, manufacturers must meet criteria specified under the Americans With Disabilities Act regarding the height of the dishwasher, the placement of controls, the maximum number of inches to reach controls, and the floor space clearance for accessibility by wheelchair. Dishwashers must have controls that are accessible within arm’s reach (between 14 and 48 inches above the floor) and the user should be able to operate the controls with one hand, using no more than five pounds of pressure. The dishwasher cannot require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist. Racks are designed for front access to load and unload dishes, versus side or top access.
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