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ThinkMind // SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2021, The Sixth International Conference on Universal Accessibility in the Internet of Things and Smart Environments // View article smart_accessibility_2021_1_10_80004


Visual Accessibility and Inclusion An Exploratory Study to Understand Visual Accessibility in the Built Environment

Authors:
Camelia Chivaran
Matteo Zallio
Sam Waller
John Clarkson

Keywords: Visual accessibility; Built environment; Simulated impairment; Empathic approach; Inclusive Design

Abstract:
Current research shows that visual accessibility assessment in the built environment typically considers objectively measurable parameters. However, considering subjective visual perception for architectural characteristics is extremely important. Visual perception can vary depending on environmental factors and personal factors and is particularly relevant for people with low to mild visual impairments. This explorative research studied the current state of the art of tools and systems that support the assessment of visual accessibility and investigated new ways of experiencing visual accessibility in the built environment. After identifying gaps in the current scenario, the Cambridge simulation glasses were selected as a tool to simulate visual impairments and therefore experience visual accessibility in the built environment. A pilot study was conducted by navigating a publicly accessible building and experiencing how clearly visible certain architectural characteristics were, while walking with and without wearing the glasses. The goal of this study was to understand their potential use in different settings and explore how to offer an empathic experience of visual accessibility with a low-cost tool for different stakeholders.

Pages: 1 to 7

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2021

Publication date: July 18, 2021

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2519-8378

ISBN: 978-1-61208-876-1

Location: Nice, France

Dates: from July 18, 2021 to July 22, 2021

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