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Clearing our Path – accessibility guidelines for people with sight loss

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Clearing Our Path 2022 Summit

The 2022 Summit will be a two-day virtual event and will be held on February 7th and 8, 2022. The summit will welcome dignitaries from across Canada and persons with disabilities to solicit feedback on “proposed updates to Clearing our Path” guidelines published by CNIB on accessibility for people with sight loss. The two- day summit will be through the online platform vFairs, a virtual and hybrid event platform that is embedded in Zoom Webinars to give attendees a unique virtual experience. CNIB has used the VFairs platform over the past 2 years for similar virtual events and has found that the platform is navigable with assistive technology.

The summit will include virtual breakout rooms to facilitate discussion around a multitude of different topics and to solicit feedback from stakeholder groups. Breakout rooms will be capped at no more than 15 participants, where feasible, so as to facilitate dialogue. Keynote speakers will also be invited to the event to speak about their research findings and their work.

Below is a tentative agenda of the Clearing Our Path 2022 Summit

ALL TIMES ARE ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME CANADA


Day 1 of Summit


Time Session Discussion Papers
12:00 p.m. Atlantic

Summit Start Time

12:00-12:45 p.m

Opening remarks and dignitaries: To be determined

12:45- 1:00 p.m

Introduction of Summit

1:00- 2:30 p.m

Concurrent Sessions 1

  • 101: Interior Spaces; amenities, washrooms, meeting rooms
    Interior Spaces; amenities, washrooms, meeting roomsInterior Spaces; amenities, washrooms, meeting rooms
  • 102: Indoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signage
    Indoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signageIndoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signage
    Photo of Mary Ann Bent Lead Navigation and Way Finding
    Mary Ann Bent
    Lead, Navigation & Wayfinding
    CNIB Frontier Solutions
  • 103: Emergency preparedness evacuation plans
    Emergency preparedness evacuation plansEmergency preparedness evacuation plans
  • 104: Exterior Design Elements; bike lanes, parking lots, EV charging stations.
    Exterior Design Elements; bike lanes, parking lots, EV charging stationsExterior Design Elements; bike lanes, parking lots, EV charging stations
    Photo of Matt Pinder Project Engineer Active Transportation and Complete Streets WSP Canada
    Matt Pinder
    Project Engineer, Active Transportation & Complete Streets
    WSP Canada
  • 105: Paths of travel including patios and service zones.
    Paths of travel including patios and service zones.Paths of travel including patios and service zones.
    photo of Megan Richards
    Megan Richards
    Accessibility Specialist
  • 106: Public Transit - buses, and trains.
    Public Transit - buses, and trains.Public Transit - buses, and trains.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m

Wellness Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m

Keynote Speaker Peach Research Unit to speak on findings from health research about accessibility in the built environment

Presented by: Mikiko Terashima, Ph.D Mikiko Terashima, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the School of Planning, Dalhousie University. She is an urban planner and social epidemiologist with research focuses on accessibility in the built environment, and inequalities in population health and wellbeing. Mikiko leads a research laboratory called Planning for Equity, Accessibility, and Community Health (PEACH) Research Unit, which has worked to promote more ‘meaningfully’ accessible built environment and critically examine current planning and urban design practices. Her recent research focus has been on how to develop more meaningful measures to assess accessibility in public spaces, and how these measures can be better presented in a way that clearly communicate the accessibility needs to planners and design professionals as well as the public. PEACH is currently collaborating with CNIB to add multimedia components to the Clearing Our Path guidelines. PEACH has also partnered with the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate, the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), and local community organizations to devise ways to better incorporate knowledge and expertise of persons with disability and older adults to planning and design practices. Over the last five years, Mikiko has supervised over 30 planning students (bachelors and masters) for research projects on accessibility in the built environment.

Speaker

Photo of Mikiko Terashima The School of Planning, Dalhousie University
Mikiko Terashima, Ph.D
The School of Planning, Dalhousie University
photo of Lesley MacDonald
Lesley MacDonald
4:00 - 5:30 p.m

Concurrent Sessions 2

  • 201: Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques.
    Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques.Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques.
  • 202: Roundabouts, Traffic circles and traffic calming.
    Traffic circles, traffic calming.Traffic circles, traffic calming.
  • 203: Shared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots?
    Shared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots?Shared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots?
  • 204: Multi-use trails U. of T. research?
    Multi-use trails U. of T. research?Multi-use trails U. of T. research?
  • 205: Construction sites, maintenance considerations and service zones
    Construction sites, maintenance considerations and service zonesConstruction sites, maintenance considerations and service zones
  • 206: Intersection design, APS, pedestrian waiting area where vehicles have a right-turn lane, cut curbs and TWSI usage.
    Intersection design, APS, pedestrian waiting area where vehicles have a right-turn lane, cut curbs and TWSI usage.Intersection design, APS, pedestrian waiting area where vehicles have a right-turn lane, cut curbs and TWSI usage.
    Photo of Heather Lamb
    Heather Lamb
    Spinal Cord Injury BC
5:30 p.m

End of Summit Day 1 wrap up



Day 2 of Summit


Time Session Discussion Papers
12pm Atlantic

Summit Start Time

12:00 - 1:00 p.m

Keynote Speaker Chris Downey, Designing Spaces for the Blind. How an architect who became blind in 2008, is using his experience and skills to create accessible and enriching environments for the blind and visually impaired.

Speaker

Photo of Chris Downey
Chris Downey
President, Architecture for the Blind
1:00 - 2:30 p.m

Panel Discussion: Gerry Post (confirmed), David Lepofsky (confirmed), and Manitoba's accessibility secretariate (TBD).

Panel discussion to be about accessibility legislation in the built environment. Does the legislation help? Does it go far enough? How could legislation bring about more accessible public spaces? Facilitator Lesley MacDonald Includes 30 min Q&A

Speaker

Photo of Gerry Post delivering a presentation in his wheeldchair. A Nova Scotia flag is in the background
Gerard (Gerry) Post
Photo of David Lepofsky
David Lepofsky
CM, O. Ont, LLB
photo of Lesley MacDonald
Lesley MacDonald
2:30 - 3:00pm

Wellness Break

3:00 - 4:30 p.m

Concurrent Sessions 3

  • 301: The importance of lighting, acoustics and colour contrast in interior spaces
    The importance of lighting, acoustics and colour contrast in interior spacesThe importance of lighting, acoustics and colour contrast in interior spaces
  • 302: Communication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes?
    Communication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes?Communication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes?
  • 303 Community Parks, How to Make Community Parks More Accessible for People Who are Visually Impaired.
    Residential development: how to ensure that new community developments do not create accessibility barriers. Includes Parks and green spaces, Walkability.Residential development: how to ensure that new community developments do not create accessibility barriers. Includes Parks and green spaces, Walkability.
  • 304 First and Last Mile How can Cities Fix the First and Last Mile Problem?
    Last mile first mile public transit. What could that look like? UBER? Autonomous shuttles?Last mile first mile public transit. What could that look like? UBER? Autonomous shuttles?
  • 305 Shared Streets and Walkability Making Shared Streets More Accessible for the blind
    Pedestrian malls/ active transportation.Pedestrian malls/ active transportation.
4:30 - 5:00 p.m

End of Summit Day 2 wrap up