Clearing Our Path

Creating accessible environments ­for people with vision loss

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An example of good colour contrast in a kitchen.

Kitchens and coffee stations should be made accessible for people with vision loss. The use of colour contrast can help people with low vision to locate surfaces, controls and appliances.

A dark counter works well when users of the kitchen need to identify light-coloured objects on it, such as white plates. For dark counters, use a light backsplash and choose dark cupboards with light-coloured drawer pulls and knobs.

Similarly, a light counter works well when a user will be identifying dark-coloured objects, such as dark plates. In this case, use a dark backsplash and choose light cupboards with dark drawer pulls and knobs.

Switches and wall outlets should also be colour contrasted to the surface they are mounted on.