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Low Vision Design Committee Symposium
Creating Supportive Environments for Persons with Low Vision


Learn the latest state-of-the art theory and practices for designing for people with low vision from the designers, users, clients and low vision medical specialists who focus on this growing segment of the population.

The National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health estimates that currently more than 38 million Americans age 40 and older experience blindness, low vision, and eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cone rod dystrophy, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts—all of which can cause low vision. This number is expected to grow to more than 50 million people by year 2020.

We in the building science community need to gear up to support this growing population. Building accessibility standards, which have been in effect since the 1970s, do not yet mandate requirements for accommodating persons with low vision, which is defined as "chronic visual impairments that cause functional limitations (such as increased difficulty with reading, mobility, visual motor activities, interpreting visual information) or disability."

Focused on the theme Creating Supportive Environments for Personswith Low Vision, the Low Vision Design Committee Symposium has been assembled by the National Institute of Building Sciences Low Vision Design Committee to present current research, theory, and practice from the varied disciplines that must work in harmony to define and then create the supportive environments that will serve seniors and others with low vision. It will demonstrate that, as is true for many aspects of accessibility, designing for persons with low vision can create environments that are more universally user-friendly.

Current Presenters and Topics

Speakers/Session Leaders:

  • James E. Woods, PhD, PE, Committee Chair and Indoor Environments Consultant
  • Marsha Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board
  • Vijay Gupta, PE, Chief Mechanical Engineer, GSA Public Buildings Service (ret.)
  • Frederick Krimgold, PhD, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Program, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute
  • Stuart Knoop, FAIA, Co-founder and Vice President of Oudens and Knoop Architects PC (ret.)
  • Dennis W. Siemsen, OD, Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology
  • Suleiman Alibhai, OD, Low Vision Services, PLC
  • Eunice Noell Waggoner, IES, LC, President, Center of Design for an Aging Society
  • Gregg Guarnaccia, IES, LC, Doubledge Design LLC
  • Robert Dupuy, LC, IALD, Associate Principal, Interface Engineering
  • Lam Vu, Electrical Engineer, Construction Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Tom Williams, Architect - National Accessibility Officer, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration

Topics of Discussion/Presentations: An overview of the Low Vision Design Committee’s work and the multidisciplinary nature of creating physical environments for the elderly and other low-vision populations.

  • James E. Woods, PhD, PE, Committee Chair and Indoor Environments Consultant

Users' Perspective: Panelists will share their first-hand experiences, personal and professional, in working and living with low vision.

  • Marsha Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board
  • Vijay Gupta, PE, Chief Mechanical Engineer, GSA Public Buildings Service (ret.)
  • Frederick Krimgold, PhD, Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Program, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute

Architectural and Design Perspective: An outline of architectural considerations, including artificial lighting, daylighting, and wayfinding, that can greatly increase spatial comfort and functionality for seniors and others with low vision.

  • Stuart Knoop, FAIA, Co-founder and Vice Prresident of Oudens and Knoop Architects PC (ret.)

Medical Perspective: An explanation of the different types of low vision and how supportive environments can help.

  • Dennis W. Siemsen, OD, Mayo Clinic Department of Ophthalmology
  • Suleiman Alibhai, OD, Low Vision Services, PLC

Lighting and Energy Use: A presentation of "the power and importance of lighting to our low vision and aging population and the facilities that support them."

  • Eunice Noell Waggoner, IES, LC, President, Center of Design for an Aging Society
  • Gregg Guarnaccia, IES, LC, Doubledge Design LLC
  • Robert Dupuy, LC, IALD, Associate Principal, Interface Engineering

The Client's View:A discussion of the federal government as a pioneering client in recognizing the need for low vision standards and supportive design

  • Lam Vu, Electrical Engineer, Construction Facilities Management, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Tom Williams, Architect, National Accessibility Officer, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

The papers and presentations below are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs. PDF

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:15 amWelcome
National Institute of Building Sciences

8:15 - 8:30 amWhat the LVDC is About
James E. Woods, PhD, PE, LVDC Committee Chair
Paper | Presentation

8:30 - 9:00 amUser's Perspective
Marsha Mazz, Director, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board; Fred Krimgold, PhD, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute; Priscilla Rogers, VisionAware program manager, American Foundation for the Blind; Davida Luehrs, Founder, Northern Virginia Chapter, Foundation Fighting Blindness; and Paul D'Addario, President, Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Council for the Blind
Presentation (Krimgold)
Paper | Presentation (Rogers)

9:00 - 9:30 amArchitectural and Interior Design Perspective
Stuart Knoop, FAIA, Oudens and Knoop Architects PC (ret.)
Paper | Presentation

9:30 - 10:00 amMedical Professionals' Perspective
Dennis W. Siemsen, OD, Mayo Clinic and/or
Suleiman Alibhai, OD, Low Vision Services
Presentation

10:00 - 10:15 am Break

10:15 - 10:45 amThe Power and Importance of Lighting to Our Low Vision
and Aging Population and the Facilities that Support Them
Eunice Noell-Waggoner, IES, LC, Center of Design for an
Aging Society; Robert Dupay, LC, IALD, Interface Engineering;
or Greg Guarnaccia, IS, LC, Doubledge Design LLC
Paper | Presentation

10:45 - 11:15 amClients' Perspective
Lam Vu, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and
Tom Williams, U.S. General Services Administration
Presentation

11:15 - 11:45 amQ & A / Panel Discussion:
Creating Consensus — Where Do We Go From Here?
Stephanie Stubbs, Moderator, LVDC

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