High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities

High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities

10th April, 2013

"High Rise Evacuation for People with Disabilities" – is the next session in the "Emergency Management and Preparedness - Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities Webinar Series" and was held on April 10th.

When emergencies strike and people in high rise structures are involved, organized evacuation of the building is necessary. People with disabilities are often thought to be hindrances to this organized evacuation or, worse, are afterthoughts in the evacuation process – putting them at greater risk. This session, will include representatives from building code, evacuation chair development, and fire agencies to discuss how planning, building codes, and evacuation chair and other technologies are being used to improve the evacuation of people with disabilities from high rise buildings.


  • Marsha K. Mazz, Director of the Office of Technical and Information Services at the U.S. Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board);
  • Kimberly Paarlberg – Senior Staff Architect in Technical Services with the International Code Council (ICC)
  • Glenn Hedman, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Disability & Human Development and the Director, Assistive Technology Unit at the University of Illinois at Chicago and
  • Allan Fraser, Senior Building Code Specialist on the National Fire Protection Association staff

Archive Materials: