Planning a barrier-free hospital for low vision persons Yuki Nishiwaki 1 , Etsuko Tanaka 2 , Koichi Oda 2 , Akito Hirakata 1 , Tetsuo Hida 1 , Takaaki Fujiwara 1 1Kyorin Eye Center 2Tokyo Woman's Christian Univ pp.1211-1216
Published Date 2000/6/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410906911
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We analyzed factors which would make public hospitals more barrier-free for low-vision persons. We interviewed low-vision persons about getting around in our hospital. It was also tried to identify critical areas for their movement in the hospital. As a result, several areas were detected in the hospital which were difficult for low-vision persons to use. The luminance contrast, or minor difference in luminance levels, was significantly lower in these areas than those which they felt easy to use in the hospital. In order to make public hospitals more barrier-free, it is necessary to offer high-contrast visual guiding signs in addition to informations by hearing and touch sensations. The current laws or regulations about the accessibility of low-vision persons are not specific enough and are recommendations rather than mandatory ones.

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