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Vision Loss Basics

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Someone with vision loss who has enough usable vision to read print may use an aid such as a magnifying glass or telescopic glasses. More often, large-print (16-point text and above) is preferred, although readers may still require an aid such as a magnifier. There is no standard font size for large-print, as different users have different preferences. What’s perfect for one person might be too big or small for another.

For recommendations on accessible print and design on the printed page, review CNIB’s Clear Print guidelines. These principles will benefit the majority of users for any printed materials intended for public use, such as information cards, brochures and restaurant menus.

A person with a significant degree of vision loss who has read print in the past may still be able to read raised print letters by touch. The primary use of this method is for signage. Signage accessibility comes with its own set of guidelines, which are discussed in detail in the Signage section.