Size and Space for Approach and Use

The use of the ‘Accessible Means of Egress Icon’ considers the seventh Principle of Universal Design by providing the ability, as part of a holistic wayfinding strategy to provide signage at an accessible height for all people to see, feel, and read tactile and Braille information. As stated earlier in this paper its been found that only 38% of people register the presence of an emergency exit sign during an emergency and that standard exit signage with a running man logo or the words “EXIT”, whether illuminated or non-illuminated, may not provide assistance to a person with low vision during an emergency. Providing mid-level exit signs at an accessible height range could help address this issue. It would also allow people to become accustomed with their environment.

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Buildings need exit and emergency signs to identify parts of the accessible means of egress. An Accessible Exit Sign Project Initiative.

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