The Accessible Exit Sign Project is an international campaign that promotes the need for an accessible means of egress in all buildings. The concept has been developed by Egress Group Pty Ltd in Melbourne, Australia. The intention of The Accessible Exit Sign Project is to promote universal access and universal egress for all building occupants. Everyone deserves a safe means of egress from a building during an emergency, including those that may face some extra challenges negotiating an egress route, particularly when the only way out is via a fire escape stairway.
The Accessible Exit Sign Project website at http://accessibleexitsigns.com/ presents accessible exit signs adopting universal design principals. It is envisaged that in the near future these signs will become the norm and a minimum requirement in all new buildings around the world. The project has already started some important discussions between industry stakeholders, disability groups, building code officials and legislators, who are now looking at better building design solutions. The project presents ideas that provide for safer buildings, with reduced risks and exit sign wayfinding strategies that meet the needs of all occupants. The ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ used on these signs is a critical part of the solution to address these issues.