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DBI World Conference 2019 - Bringing accessibility solutions to our homes and communities for today and tomorrow

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

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DBI World Conference 2019 - Bringing accessibility solutions to our homes and communities for today and tomorrow

  1. 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. 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 community-based supported living programs. On April 6, 1989, we were incorporated as a not-for-profit organization.
  3. 3. Canada Ontario
  4. 4. Presentation Objective Showcase some of the changes around accessibility DeafBlind Ontario Services has made to new and existing environments. 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 possible.
  5. 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 varying abilities.
  6. 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.
  7. 7. Accessibility StandardsGuide The guide considers many areas of the home including: Lighting Color and contrast Doors and windows Appliances Flooring Counters and cabinets
  8. 8. Lighting 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 preference. 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.
  9. 9. Lighting
  10. 10. Colour and Contrast There are two components to visual contrast, luminance contrast and difference in colour. Colour is the difference between one colour and another on the colour wheel. Luminance contrast is the degree of difference in brightness between one object or surface and another.
  11. 11. Colour and Contrast
  12. 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 trim. 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.
  13. 13. Doors and Windows
  14. 14. Appliances 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 refrigerator contents. Cooktop should have controls at the front or side to avoid reaching. Tactile markers at commonly used settings for stoves, washers, dryers and dishwashers.
  15. 15. Flooring Flooring should colour contrast to the cabinets and walls. Flooring should be non slip with a matte finish to reduce glare. Tactile markers may define different areas such as bathroom and bedroom entryways, and stairs.
  16. 16. Flooring
  17. 17. Counters and Cabinets Accessible counter tops should colour contrast with the backsplash and cabinets. Contrasting D pull handles should be used for cabinets and drawers. Electrical outlets should be located at the side or front of counters and colour contrast with the surrounding surfaces. Roll out drawers are ideal with contents organized for ease of access.
  18. 18. Counters and Cabinets
  19. 19. Accessibility in the Community Lift systems in the change room of the pool Automatic door openers at local businesses Mobi mat to the beach Accessible washrooms Accessible zip line Accessible vans
  20. 20. Accessibility in our Communities
  21. 21. Play the Video
  22. 22. Questions • Our guide can be downloaded by visiting