Supportive Environments for the Aging and Visually Impaired

This presentation will include the latest best practices and research included in the ANSI/IES RP-28 Recommended Practice: Lighting and the Visual Environment for Older Adults and the Visually Impaired as well as the IES consumer guide CG-1: Lighting Your Way to Better Vision. Attendees will be updated on current subcommittee work to clarify contrast requirements and recommendations, understand industry knowledge, review evidenced based research and the economics of low vision design. Discussion will also include an overview of the visual environment requirements spelled out in the FGI guidelines for healthcare and residential care facilities and how they impact design choices in regulated environments. Key factors impacting environmental perception will be explored following the four categories called out in Design for Sight: A programming and design guide for low vision. Using this low vision design typology we will examine existing spaces with a critical eye to see how each can be improved to address low vision design challenges, through technology and the implementation of vision friendly design practices.

Erin Schambureck, MFA, CID, EDAC, IES

Partner, Senior Interior Designer

CRW architecture + design group

Erin Schambureck is a partner and senior interior designer at CRW architecture + design group in Rochester, MN. She has and MFA in Design Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been involved in a variety of civic, corporate, senior housing and K-12 education projects. Erin has performed extensive research in design for visual impairment and serves on the IES technical committee Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sighted. She believes in a multidisciplinary approach to empower adults with compromised vision in their quest to lead independent and fulfilled lives.She offers low vision design consulting services to owners and designers for healthcare, civic and senior housing design projects. Her research website is and her paper Design for Sight: A Typology System for Low-Vision Design Factors can be found in the Journal of Interior Design.

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