Low vision affects health and safety in an increasing percentage of the population as it ages. Since 2011, a Rothschild Foundation Task Force has been working with the National Institute for Building Sciences to develop a set of low vision standards for the design and operational procedures for new and existing buildings in the U.S. These new guidelines will be submitted for adoption by the International Code Council (ICC) for the 2018 edition of the International Building Code (IBC). An initial set of guidelines, Design Guidelines for the Visual Environment, is available free of charge on the NIBS website.
Design for Aging (DFA) encourages its members and visitors to learn about the various task forces established through the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation. We are very proud of the Low Vision Task Force and their commitment to address the visual environment. Members of this task force are on the road with inspiring presentations. The group presented a session on current low-vision research efforts at the 2017 Environments for Aging (EFA) Conference DFA breakfast, which was well attended and received great reviews. See the PowerPoint below for more details.
Be sure to catch their presentation in Orlando at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 on Friday, April 28 entitled Designing Environments for Low Vision: Tools & Techniques
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