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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 and Bibliographies
12:00 p.m. Atlantic

Summit Start Time

12:00-12:45 p.m

Opening remarks

John M. Rafferty joined the CNIB Foundation in 2009 as the organization’s eighth president and CEO. Since then, he’s been a catalyst for change and for the modernization of one of Canada’s oldest charities. John came to the CNIB Foundation with more than 20 years of international experience in the business world gained through years of living and working abroad. Born, raised and educated in England, John has held leadership roles with Dun and Bradstreet Canada, Verizon Information Services, where he was posted to Canada, the UK, Poland and China, as well as British Telecom.
John Rafferty
President and CEO - CNIB

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.
  • Discussion Papers

    Interior Spaces; amenities, washrooms, meeting rooms discussion paper in pdf formatInterior Spaces; amenities, washrooms, meeting rooms discussion paper in word document
  • 102: Indoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signage.
    Photo of Mary Ann Bent Lead Navigation and Way Finding
    Mary Ann Bent
    Lead, Navigation & Wayfinding
    CNIB Frontier Solutions
  • Discussion Paper

    Indoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signage discussion paper in pdf formatIndoor Navigation - digital wayfinding signage discussion paper in word document

    Bio

    Bio of Mary Ann Bent
  • 103: Emergency preparedness evacuation plans.
    Photo of Larissa Proctor
    Larissa Proctor
  • Discussion Paper

    Emergency preparedness evacuation plans discussion paper in pdf formatEmergency preparedness evacuation plans discussion paper in word format

    Bio

    Bio of Larissa Proctor
  • 104: Exterior 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
  • Discussion Paper

    Exterior Design Elements; bike lanes, parking lots, EV charging stations discussion paper in pdf formatExterior Design Elements; bike lanes, parking lots, EV charging stations discussion paper in word document

    Bio

    Bio of Matt Pinder
  • 105: Paths of travel including patios and service zones.
    photo of Megan Richards
    Megan Richards
    Accessibility Specialist
  • Discussion Paper

    Paths of travel including patios and service zones discussion paper in pdf formatPaths of travel including patios and service zones discussion paper in word format

    Bio

    Bio of Meghan Richards
  • 106: Public Transit - buses, and trains.
    Photo of Debbie Gillespie
    Debbie Gillespie
    Consultant in Digital accessibility and wayfinding
  • Discussion Paper

    Public Transit - buses, and trains discussion paper in pdf formatPublic Transit - buses, and trains discussion paper in word format
2:30 - 3:00 p.m

Wellness Break

3:00 - 4:00 p.m

Keynote Speaker Peach Research Unit. 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
  • Bio

    Bio of Mikiko Terashima
4:00 - 5:30 p.m

Concurrent Sessions 2

  • 201: Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques.
    Carrie Anton
  • Discussion paper

    Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques. discussion paper in pdf format.Innovations in accessibility; dispatch destination elevators, indoor beacons and other digital wayfinding techniques discussion paper in word format.
  • 202: Roundabouts, Traffic circles and traffic calming.
    Bill Campbell
  • Discussion Paper

    Roundabouts, Traffic Circles And Traffic Calming discussion paper in pdf format.Roundabouts, Traffic Circles And Traffic Calming discussion paper in word format.
  • 203: Shared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots.
    Photo of Shelly Adams
    Shelly Adams
  • Discussion Paper

    Shared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots discussion paper in pdf formatShared spaces micro mobility devices including E-scooters and delivery robots discussion paper in word format

    Bio

    Bio of Shelly Adams
  • 204: Multi-Use Trails.
    Photo of Sare Eng
    Sare Eng
    Photo of Serena Sonnenberg
    Serena Sonnenberg
  • Discussion Paper

    Multi-Use Trails discussion paper in pdf formatMulti-Use Trails discussion paper in word format

    Bios

    Bio of Sara Eng and Serena Sonnenberg
  • 205: Construction sites, maintenance considerations and service zones.
    Photo of Milena Khazanavicius
    Milena Khazanavicius
  • Discussion Paper

    Construction Sites, Maintenance Considerations And Service Zones discussion paper in pdf formatConstruction sites, maintenance considerations and service zones discussion paper in word format

    Bio

    Bio of Milena Khazanavicius
  • 206: 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
  • Discussion Paper

    Intersection Design, APS, Pedestrian Waiting Area Where Vehicles Have A Right-Turn Lane, Cut Curbs And TWSI Usage discussion paper in pdf format.Intersection design, APS, pedestrian waiting area where vehicles have a right-turn lane, cut curbs and TWSI usage discussion paper in word format.

    Bio

    Bio of Heather Lamb
5:30 p.m

End of Summit Day 1 wrap up.



Day 2 of Summit


Time Session Discussion Papers and Bibliographies
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.

Chris Downey, AIA is an architect with over 30 years of professional practice - continuing without sight since 2008. Leveraging this altered perspective as a unique value, Chris now specializes in universal design for projects for the blind and visually impaired including eye clinics, rehabilitation centers and schools for the blind while also consulting on other projects including museums, cultural centers, tech offices and transit centers. He has been featured in numerous media stories including “60 Minutes” with CBS News, has exhibited internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and speaks globally with a TED talk that has been viewed well over a million times. Chris is also the president of the California commission on disability Access, is the immediate past chair of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Board of Directors and has been a guest lecturer for the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture.
Now empty -nesters, he and his wife of over 28 years live in Piedmont, CA where he is a competitive rower on a crew team on the Oakland Estuary.

Speaker

Photo of Chris Downey
Chris Downey
President, Architecture for the Blind
  • Bio

    Bio of Chris Downey
1:00 - 2:30 p.m

Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Accessibility Legislation in the Built Environment. How Could Legislation Bring About More Accessible Public Spaces?

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

Speakers

Photo of Gerry Post delivering a presentation in his wheeldchair. A Nova Scotia flag is in the background
Gerard (Gerry) Post
  • Bio

    Bio of Gerard (Gerry) Post
Photo of David Lepofsky
David Lepofsky
CM, O. Ont, LLB
  • Bio

    Bio of David Lepofsky
Photo of David Kron
David Kron
Barrier Free Manitoba
  • Bio

    Bio of David Kron
Facilitator
    photo of Lesley MacDonald
    Lesley MacDonald
    • Bio

      Bio of 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
    • Discussion Papers

      The importance of lighting, acoustics and colour contrast in interior spaces discussion paper in pdf formatThe importance of lighting, acoustics and colour contrast in interior spaces discussion paper in word format

      Bio

      Bio of Julie Martin
    • 302: Communication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes.
      Leo Bissonnette
    • Discussion Papers

      Communication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes discussion paerCommunication systems, directories, service counters, virtual agents - AIRA Be My Eyes discussion paper in word format
    • 303 Community Parks, How to Make Community Parks More Accessible for People Who are Visually Impaired.
      Photo of Brittany Foran
      Brittany Foran
      Memorial University of Newfoundland
    • Discussion Papers

      Community Parks, How To Make Community Parks More Accessible For People Who Are Visually Impaired discussion paper in pdf format.Community Parks, How To Make Community Parks More Accessible For People Who Are Visually Impaired discussion paper in word format.

      Bio

      Bio of Brittany Foran
    • 304 First and Last Mile How can Cities Fix the First and Last Mile Problem?
      Christopher Gordon
    • Discussion Paper

      First And Last Mile How Can Cities Fix The First And Last Mile Problem discussion paper in pdf formatFirst And Last Mile How Can Cities Fix The First And Last Mile Problem discussion paper in word format
    • 305: Shared Streets and Walkability Making Shared Streets More Accessible for the blind.
      Milena Khazanavicius
    • Discussion Paper

      Shared Streets And Walkability Making Shared Streets More Accessible For The Blind discussion paper in pdf formatShared Streets And Walkability Making Shared Streets More Accessible For The Blind discussion paper in word format
    4:30 - 5:00 p.m

    End of Summit Day 2 wrap up.