Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Faculty Publications
 

Title

The Relationship Between the Designof the Built Environment and the Ability to Egress of Individuals with Disabilities

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Review of Disability Studies

Volume

2

Issue

3

Publication Date

2006

First Page

24

Last Page

34

Abstract

Recent catastrophic events have brought into focus the importance of planning for the evacuation needs of all persons, regardless of their diverse physical and mental abilities. While these efforts are primarily concerned with the activities before and after a crisis, there is also a renewed interest in evaluating how effectively the built environment accommodates the needs of all individuals during a crisis. This discussion focuses on the current body of knowledge concerning the relationship between the design of the built environment, the collective egress behavior of complex decentralized groups of individuals, and the ability of individuals with disabilities to effectively egress from the built environment during emergency events.

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