An accessible means of egress has best been defined as a “continuous and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit, or a public way”. I like to think of it as a way out for all occupants, regardless of their abilities.
Parts of an Accessible Means of Egress
The International Building Code 2009 says that there are key parts of an accessible means of egress, and these can include one or more of the following components:
Accessible routes, including horizontal exits, and ramps
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I read an interesting article by Jarrod Marrinon on the Ramp Up website recently. Jarrod discusses the ‘social model of disability’ and says that it is time to “leave the medical model of disability in the doctor’s room”.
The timing of the article (17 June 2014) couldn’t have been any more coincidental as I was finalizing the draft of my book on evacuation considerations for people with disability and was tweaking up this section at the time.
I thought I’d share this extract of my book discussing the social model of disability prior to the official release in the next couple of days.
Evacuation of People with Disability and Emergent Limitations:
Considerations for Safer Buildings and Efficient Evacuations
Section 1.9 The Social Model of Disability
There has always been a tendency within society to ‘dis-enable’ people with disability.
Throughout history, people with disability have been ignored, hidden and cursed. When made…
Accessible Exit Sign Solutions. The use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ within signage strategies provides a clear, pictorial message for occupants, to identify those exits that are accessible, and those which are not accessible.