Universal Signage - See, Touch, Hear

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The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank in 2011, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. It is widely acknowledged that our environment can no longer exclude them. Technical solutions exist, which ensure equitable access for people with special needs and bring comfort and safety to all.

Although the concept of Universal Design began in the 1950s, good examples remain too rare and do not always meet individual expectations.
This presentation will provide concrete solutions for signage according to Universal Design and taking into account the needs of people with disabilities. The concept of Universal Signage is based on the combination of visual, acoustic and tactile features, so that everyone can receive and interpret way-finding information, regardless of their disability.

This presentation will take stock of the use of touch and sounds in complement to the sight for way finding. The innovative solutions that will be presented aim at showing that accessibility can be esthetic and that signage professionals have solutions that are not anymore a constraint but an added value. A collaboration between designer Ruedi Baur and Eo Guidage will also be presented.

Sylvain Denoncin is co-owner of the companies Eo Guidage, Access For All and Univaccess, he is also president of the Accessibility Professionals Association in France (AFPAPH).”

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