We recently moved to a new home. I've been slowly unpacking and arranging things and noticing how things are laid out and can be changed for better low vision accessibility.
Let me go through some rooms and list what I can change for low vision.
I usually don't have any adaptations for outside because once I get used to the layout it's not a problem. But I could make it easier is a yellow strip along edges of steps and curbs to spot them easier.
Hallways and Doors
Our new hallways are narrow and are well-lit which I like because even when the lights are off I can still "trail" along the wall to find my way. I could paint around the doorways a contrasting color to find doorways easier. Another advantage I've found here is that the different rooms have different floor types - bedrooms are all carpeted while hallways are wood, the kitchen is laminate and front hallway has tile.
My new kitchen is a galley type kitchen (a tight U shape) which I've come to like as there's less movements from stove to counter to fridge to sink, and so on. This way there's less accidents trying to walk across the room to drain pasta, it's just two steps away now. Also since I'm the major cook I can tell others to stay out of the kitchen area until I'm done. I finally have a range hood with a light as well as a good florescent light for the whole kitchen, it's a lot brighter. I also have contrasting cutting boards for cutting onions on a black board and broccoli on a white board; I also have contrasting color door pulls; and bold markings on my appliances
My chair is about four feet away from the TV the opposite side of where windows are to reduce glare. Other chairs and couches are arranged around that, I have contrasting color furniture from the floor color. I will make contrasting color light switch plates.
I really don't have adaptations for other rooms because I can still see well enough to identify clothes, medicines and the like. For other adaptations you can check out Esther's Place, American Federation for the Blind's 1800sqft. model home designed for the blind and low vision and it has over 500 products.
Well, back to unpacking....
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
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I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.