Webday Wednesday - Through other eyes: how people with vision loss see your buildings | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Webday Wednesday - Through other eyes: how people with vision loss see your buildings

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For the month of April, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Universal Design.

Through other eyes: how people with vision loss see your buildings
Date: April 15, 2020
Presenters: Bob Topping and David Lepofsky


The session will explore how persons with vision loss interact with buildings and landscapes. Through case studies and stories of lived experience, the presenters will identify successful design strategies for enhancing the accessibility of the built environment for persons who are blind or have other types of vision loss.

Issues to be addressed from the user's perspective include: How do I find the front door? How do I navigate my way to a room or element within a building? How do I use illumination-, textural- and luminance-contrast to assist with wayfinding? What contributes to my enjoyment of buildings and landscapes?

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

  • Understand common techniques used by persons with vision loss to navigate and experience the built environment;
  • Identify the elements of design that contribute to the usability and enjoyment of buildings and landscapes for persons who are blind or have other types of vision loss;
  • Design projects that incorporate appropriate illumination-, textural-, and luminance-contrast, to assist wayfinding and orientation for everyone; and
  • Calculate luminance-contrast of materials and finishes.

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

Bob Topping MRAIC OAA

DesignABLE Environments Incorporated l President

Bob Topping is the president of DesignABLE Environments Inc. and a regional director for the International Union of Architects (UIA) Architecture for All Work Program. He has over thirty years of experience practicing and teaching architecture with specialization and interest in the fields of barrier-free design and universal design.

David Lepofsky LLB, Lawyer, Professor

AODA Alliance l Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

David Lepofsky is a lawyer visiting professor (part-time) at the Osgoode Hall Law School and an adjunct member of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He holds volunteer leadership roles in the disability community.  He is chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance. He is a member and past chair of the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET.

$50 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$75 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday,  April 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides, will be sent to you by email on the Tuesday prior to the Webday webinar. 

*Purchase of webinars and events are non-transferable.

2020-04-15 13:00 through  2:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
Event Fees (GST) $ 75.00 + $ 3.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Ontario) $ 75.00 + $ 9.75 Sales Tax
Event Fees (Quebec) $ 75.00 + $ 11.23 Sales Tax
Event Fees (HST) $ 75.00 + $ 11.25 Sales Tax
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