DBI World Conference 2019
Accessibility stream: Concurrent session 2D
Presenter: Lorraine Simpson & Angela Brown
Topic: Bringing accessibility solutions to our homes and communities for today and tomorrow
DBI World Conference 2019 - Bringing accessibility solutions to our homes and communities for today and tomorrow
1. DeafBlind Ontario Services, Canada
Bringing Accessibility Solutions to Our Homes and
Communities For Today and Tomorrow
Angela Brown and Lorraine Simpson
August 13, 2019
2. OUR HISTORY
In 1989, a group of motivated
parents lobbied the Ontario
government as advocates on
behalf of their children who
were deafblind, in an attempt
to secure funding for
On April 6, 1989, we were
incorporated as a not-for-profit
4. Presentation Objective
Showcase some of the changes around accessibility
DeafBlind Ontario Services has made to new and
These changes better meet the needs of someone who
has a sensory loss, restricted mobility, and is aging, in
order for them to live in their own homes for as long as
5. Accessibility Standards Guide
Provides guidance and information to architects,
designers and service providers in understanding
deafblindness and how to create accessible spaces
that are user friendly and inclusive to all.
We utilize these standards and approaches in a variety
of environments to increase functionality, safety,
independence and overall accessibility for those with
6. Meeting the Needs
Our standards far exceed the law in
Ontario around accessibility but there is
no funding available to facilitate this.
Self confidence and independence are
very important to the clients we support.
Natural light can be regulated with window coverings.
Where possible, dimmer switches should be considered to
adjust the amount of light required to suit an individual’s
Living spaces require a minimum light level of 200 lux.
Kitchens as well as bathroom vanities require a minimum
light level of 300 lux.
Work stations, under kitchen cabinets and bathroom
cabinets, require a minimum light level of 500 lux.
12. Doors and Windows
Doors should be a minimum width of 36 inches, with
contrasting lever style handles.
Paint colour on the walls should contrast with the door
Doors that exit to the outside should be zero clearance
for ease of mobility.
Window coverings that allow regulation of natural light
for individual requirement.
It is preferable to have a side by side refrigerator with
contrast colour on appliance handles.
Roll out shelves or drawers improve access to the
Cooktop should have controls at the front or side to avoid
Tactile markers at commonly used settings for stoves,
washers, dryers and dishwashers.
Flooring should colour contrast to the cabinets and
Flooring should be non slip with a matte finish to reduce
Tactile markers may define different areas such as
bathroom and bedroom entryways, and stairs.
18. Counters and Cabinets
Accessible counter tops should colour contrast with the
backsplash and cabinets.
Contrasting D pull handles should be used for cabinets
Electrical outlets should be located at the side or front of
counters and colour contrast with the surrounding
Roll out drawers are ideal with contents organized for
ease of access.