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Colour blindness in engineering: challenges and improving accessibility

Event organised by ICE

01 November 2023
13:00 - 14:00 GMT

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Colour blindness affects approximately 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women in the UK. With the visual impairment being so common, it is easy to understand the impact can be frequently felt in every day life. And given the condition disproportionately effects men, in a predominantly male industry, it is important the impacts of this are understood in terms of design, safety and legislation.

This webinar will cover high level information on the visual impairment, to understand what it is and the different types which affect people. It will also explore the barriers which people with colour blindness may face as a result of having the condition.

Legislation around accessibility is also important, and this will be discussed in terms of what companies can do to improve their accessibility for their audience.

Finally, the team will review what changes everyone can make to remove barriers for those with colour blindness.


Louise de Peyrecave

Louise de Peyrecave


chartered structural engineer

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Louise de Peyrecave

Louise is a chartered structural engineer through the ICE, and now leads the Highways Market within Atkins. Alongside her day role, she has been running the Atkins Disability network since 2019, guiding internal change of culture and influencing improvements in disability inclusion. Whilst not a specific expert on colour blindness, Louise has been working on the accessibility of documents and projects as part of her network role and is passionate about ensuring inclusion for all.

Carolyne Mitchell

Carolyne Mitchell


stakeholder engagement team accessibility lead

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Carolyne Mitchell

Carolyne is the Jacobs Stakeholder Engagement Team accessibility lead and advises on making accessible content for projects. This has included the River Thames Scheme for the Environment Agency, web content for Nuclear Waste Services, the A9 and A96 for Transport Scotland and reports for East West Rail.

She is a chartered comms and PR professional with 19 years’ experience and in a previous life was a journalist for 14 years.

Her son and father have dyslexia and she herself has macular degeneration in one eye – spreadsheets are her nemesis – making accessibility her favourite subject for talks and presentations.

For more information please contact:

Sara Horrell