Accessibility Brown Bag: Accessible Means of Egress (AMOE) Part 1 (1 MCE)

The ADA Standards introduced and defined an area of assisted rescue and the accessible means of egress. Over the last 30 years much has changed in the international building codes to regulate how persons with disabilities egress from buildings in an emergency. In new construction, all accessible buildings are required to have a means of egress that serves persons with mobility and cognitive disabilities in an emergency with equivalent facilitation. The seminar will touch on the importance of emergency evacuation plans, design and construction of two-way communication systems, and review important terms and concepts and their application to the design and construction of buildings including path of travel, accessible route, circulation path, egress travel path, exit, exit access, and exit discharge.

This will be a two part seminar, with

  • Part 1 (May 29) as an introduction and history of the law, regulations, and codes regarding emergency evacuation of persons with disabilities, and review of defined terms.
  • Part 2 (June 26) as a dissection of all the AMOE components and their use and application with the MOE.


Learning Objectives

  1. Understand accessibility laws, regulations, and codes related to accessible means of egress and the history of code adoptions that has brought us to the current methodology of accessible egress.
  2. Identify the essential components of accessible means of egress.
  3. Use available resources and presentation scenarios to distinguish improper and proper use of AMOE components.
  4. Recognize the value and importance of the early analysis of facility exiting and
  5. Know when Means of Egress applies and the application of AMOE in existing buildings and as a Path of Travel barrier removal program.


About the Presenter

Dawn Anderson, AIA, CASp, IOR

Ms. Anderson is a Senior Building Inspector and Access Compliance Officer in the Architectural Access Division of the Mayor’s Office on Disability at the City and County of San Francisco. Dawn’s primary responsibilities are conducting plan reviews and inspections of city owned, operated, leased, or funded facilities. Projects include alterations and new construction of large affordable housing developments, civic buildings, and various outdoor environments. Her duties also include interdepartmental advisement, facility surveys, programmatic and scoping analysis and assistance, and inspections for permanent construction and temporary facilities in an effort to remove architectural barriers and promote civic engagement.


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