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ADAPTABILITY, as defined in the UBC, is the capability of altering or adding to certain building spaces and elements, such as kitchen counters, sinks and grab bars, so as to accommodate the needs of persons with and without disabilities, or to accommodate the needs of persons with different types or degrees of disability. Certain live/work units which are at ground floor level or are in elevator accessed buildings area are often required to be adaptable, similarly to residential units. Typically this affects the entry/egress paths from the unit, and the design of the bathroom, which ends up being slightly larger than a non-adaptable bathroom and substantially smaller than a fully accessible bathroom.

Read a more detailed explanation of accessibility requirements.