Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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Interior Design Elements

This section provides details for design elements that are commonly found in interior environments.

Design requirements for accessible interior paths of travel are covered, including corridors, hallways, escalators, moving walkways and elevators. Design considerations for entrance lobbies, doors, interior glazing systems, service counters, kiosks, queuing and public telephones are also included.

The section concludes by exploring the specific needs of people with vision loss in specific types of facilities, including theatres, lecture halls, dining spaces, kitchens, washrooms, change rooms, pools, gyms, libraries and exhibition spaces.

Note that further information on elements that are common to both exterior and interior environments is provided in Exteriors and Interiors.

The technical requirements within this section are derived from a number of sources including the National Building Code of Canada, CAN/CSA B651 Accessible design for the built environment, ISO/FDIS 21542 Building Construction – Accessibility and usability of the built environment and ISO 23599 – Assistive products for blind and vision-impaired persons – Tactile walking surface indicators. Please refer to these documents for more complete technical requirements.

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