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The Ultimate Handicap Push Button Guide (Part 1)

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

When choosing a Handicap door opener button, there are a few things you should keep in mind. There are many different types of handicap push buttons, touchless sensors, remote controls, and shapes and sizes that are available on the market today. In this guide, we will explore the various options and help you make a better decision for your needs.

First, consider the type of switch that would best suit your needs. If you have limited mobility, a touchless switch might be the best option. Otherwise, a remote control could be more convenient. There are also a variety of features and functions available on different models, so be sure to choose the one that best suits your specific needs and space requirements.

Whichever type of handicap push button you choose, make sure it is ADA compliant to ensure accessibility for all and compliance with local and federal codes and standards.

Handicap Push Buttons Vancouver

Touchless Switch (Also known as Wave to Open button)

One type of handicap push button is the touchless switch. This type of switch/sensor is activated by simply moving or waving a hand in front of the sensor, making it ideal for those with limited mobility.

This option became more popular during Covid-19 as it is a more sanitary option and reduces the transmission of viruses. It is important to make sure that the sensor is properly calibrated to avoid false triggering.

When choosing a touchless switch, be sure to configure the following:

  • Wave button height

  • Standoff distance

  • Field of view

If you have any questions or need help choosing the right handicap push button, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call or send us an email and we'll be happy to assist you.

Wave to Open button / Touchless handicaps button

Push Button (Also known as Push to Open Button)

Push-button is the most common handicap push plate on the market. The handicap push plates are made with high-quality stainless steel and they are durable and water-resistant. The switch push button is designed to ensure a long product life. There are many different handicap push plate styles, sizes, and face plates to choose from (images below).

The push buttons are available in a round shape, square, and rectangle.

Push Button (Also known as Push to Open Button)

Automatic door handicap push buttons offer easy access for the disabled, people with wheelchairs, strollers, and handicapped people. They are also ADA compliance (American Disabilities Act).

Door signage is not a requirement but will be in use in most cases, it is always a good idea to have a sign next to the handicap push plate. The visibility of a stainless steel handicap button along with the sign is a good indication for those who are looking for an accessible entryway.

Aluminum and Stainless Steel Column Push Plate Switch

Aluminum and Stainless Steel Column Push Plate Switch

The Camden CM-42 and CM-48 Series anodized aluminum, dark bronze, and stainless steel bollard column push plate switches are available with optional Kinetic no-battery wireless or with the option to add Lazerpoint RF battery-powered wireless device. These modern-looking switches offer an elegant design that is attractive, easy to operate, water-resistant, and built to last.

This solution is great for buildings and facilities with no space for regular push buttons and for those who want a more sleek and modern look. The wireless option is also a great choice for areas where it might be difficult to run wiring, such as outdoors.

Be sure to check out our full line of handicap push buttons and accessories to find the perfect solution for your needs!

The switch push button on the column can be square or round based on the required design.

Remote Control

Another type of activation device is the remote control. The remote control is a great and more convenient way for those with limited mobility. The remote control can be used to open and close the door, as well as to activate other features such as FOB, security system, and other radio-controlled devices.

When choosing a remote control, be sure to configure the following:

  • Range

  • Number of buttons

  • Transmitter power

  • Button functions

The remote control can work in addition to the standard buttons and not necessarily instead.

Face Plate

Today, most push plates are not using the wheelchair icon anymore as the symbol has become outdated and is not very inclusive. The new faceplates have the words "Push to open", "Press to open" or "Wave to Open" in the touchless sensor devices. Some faceplates have Braille or raised lettering to indicate the door function.

Handicap Face Plate Options

Wired or Wireless

In many cases, it is better to use wireless transmitters and a receiver instead of cables and wires. Using the wireless option will provide a nicer and more esthetic finish to your space and won't require wiring and pipes to connect between the automatic door operator and the push buttons.

Cabled options are still available but are usually recommended to be installed during construction and not after laying the drywalls to maintain a cleaner look. If you choose the wireless route, keep in mind that you will need to change the batteries once a year to ensure proper function.

The wireless system works on radio waves of 915MHz with a new wireless technology that was lately introduced to the automatic door market. The wireless device encompasses the widest range of transmitters, receivers, and push/touchless switches available today. Some wireless devices also support 300MHz., 390MHz., and 433MHz.


A handicap push button is a device that is used to open and close automatic doors. These buttons are usually located near the door handle and are within reach of those who need them. Handicap push buttons are an integral part of the automatic door operator and work in conjunction with other devices such as FOB, access control, and security systems. Push buttons have a large variety of options to choose from.

No matter which type of push button you choose, be sure to install it in a location that is easily accessible for those who need it. With a little bit of research, you should be able to find the perfect push button for your needs.

All push buttons are durable and consist of commercial quality and most are water-resistant as well. Another option is the remote control, which can be handy if you need to operate the door from a distance.

When choosing a push-button, consider the following:

  • Size

  • Shape

  • Style

  • Material

  • Finish

  • Functionality

  • Mounting type

There is a wide variety of handicap push buttons available on the market to choose from. Be sure to do your research to find the perfect one for your needs!

If you have any questions or need help choosing the right handicap push button, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call or send us an email and we'll be happy to assist you.

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