Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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Clearing Our Path

Child using a white cane, guided by an adult; Woman using a white cane in a store; Person reading Brailled elevator buttons.

Over 4.4 million Canadians (one out of every seven) live with some form of disability. That’s a substantial group of users you cannot afford to overlook in your building project or public space.

CNIB developed the first edition of Clearing Our Path in 1998 to address the need for information on creating accessible environments for people with vision loss. CNIB’s recommended guidelines came out of 20 years of providing universal design consulting expertise in Canada, not to mention our long history, going back to 1918, of offering services and support for Canadians with vision loss and being the only national organization to do so. Since its release, this manual has become an invaluable tool for architects, designers, building owners, planners, standards bodies, and others interested in making indoor and outdoor spaces universally accessible.

This second edition of Clearing Our Path builds on the first by providing updated information based on new research, new international standards, emerging technology, and universal design principles.

Government of Canada

CNIB would like to recognize the Government of Canada for their financial support that has enabled us to both update the 2009 edition of “Clearing Our Path” and make this an online resource.