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Online Resources:

Braille Literacy Canada

Daisy.org (Digital Accessible Information System)
The international standard for audio information for people with vision loss and other print disabilities

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Institute for Transportation Research at North Carolina State University
An excellent resource to help designers visualize pedestrian crossing at roundabouts

International Organization for Standardization

International Symbol of Access

Royal National Institute of Blind People (UK)

ShopCSA
CSA Group provides Canada with a catalogue of more than 30,000 ISO and IEC standards, including more than 3,000 published standards & codes. Visit ShopCSA to access their documentation.

Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped

Transportation Association of Canada

Web Accessibility Initiative (W3.org)
General information on accessible website design

Articles:

Echolocation: “How blind people use batlike sonar” (news.sciencemag.org)

Universal Design: “The Seven Principles Behind Universal Design” (via University of North Carolina’s Center for Universal Design

Documentation:

ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 Canadian Standards Association’s “Safety code for elevators and escalators”
c.f. Appendix E (Provisions for Persons with Disabilities)

CAN/CSA B651 Accessible design for the built environment

CAN/CSA-B651.2-07 Canadian Standards Association’s “Accessible Design for Self-Service Interactive Devices”

ISO 23599 – Assistive products for blind and vision-impaired persons – Tactile walking surface indicators.

ISO/FDIS 21542 Building Construction – Accessibility and usability of the built environment

CAN/ULC standards (fire alarm systems)

Design:

CNIB’s Clear Print guidelines

Tactile Signage: Sign System and Installation Guide (Government of Canada)

Tools:

CNIB vision simulator

CNIB’s “Step-by-Step” publication
This video series provides information on how to use the “sighted guide technique” to guide someone with vision loss while working, as well as how to offer assistance in various situations.