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Symposiums & Workshops

2014 Symposium - Creating Flexible Environments for People with Low Vision

Thursday, January 9, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Explore how people with low vision interact with their environments; gain insight into the most common roadblocks people with low vision encounter; and learn the best practices in design that can be used to clear their way. Learn more.

2013 Symposium - Creating Supportive Environments for Persons with Low Vision

Thursday, January 10, 8:00 pm - 11:45 pm

This symposium, sponsored by The Hulda B. & Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, was held January 10, 2013 during the National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference & Expo, Building Innovation 2013. The Symposium addressed the very timely topic of designing for the 89 million people in the United States over the age of 40 who have vision problems. This growing population has doubled in the last two decades and is expected to expand even more in the future. Lighting experts, healthcare specialists and people with low vision all provided input to address this important issue. Read agenda and download presentations.

2010 Workshop - Improving Building Design for Persons with Low Vision

In September 2010, the National Institute of Building Sciences and the U.S. General Services Administration conducted a workshop in Washington, D.C. with participants from the fields of medicine (specialists in ophthalmology and low vision), architecture, engineering, interior design, lighting design, professional associations, government, academia, advocacy, research and development with the following objectives:

  1. Identify existing guidance for design and obtain expert recommendations for new guidance for the following.
  2. Identify research that would be useful in developing and advancing this guidance.

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

Executive Summary

Participant List




Applicable Reference Standards for Low Vision Design

"Improving Design of Buildings for People with Low Vision," powerpoint presentation to the Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club, by James E. Woods, PhD, PE, March 13 2012

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Australia; issued May 2005)

Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 Appendix

The Building Regulations 2000: The Approved Documents (for England and Wales, issued 2002)


Knoop, Stuart L, "A Sight for Sore Eyes." Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (June 2013), pp. 30-31.

Suggested Design Guidelines for GSA (submitted 06/20/2011)

Design Solutions for the Low-Vision Population

"Legally - but not quietly – blind" by Sheila Solomon Klass, Washington Post, October 5, 2010.

Environmental Design and Operations Design for Persons with Low Vision (concept paper by the Low Vision Design Committee, October 24, 2011)

“Web Guru for the Blind,” by Eliza Strickland, IEEE Spectrum, February 2012.

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