Topic : services for the blind and hearing impaired

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Calif.'s Palos Verdes Transit provides a vehicle to learning, independence

Accessibility| March 16, 2018

Each student has a physical or mental disability that requires a specialized learning curriculum. Some of the children board the bus on their own; others require assistance or are elevated onto the bus using the wheelchair lift.

Pilot program brings Cap Metro bus info to blind, visually impaired

Accessibility| March 13, 2018

The program, which will run for the next 60 days at 16 bus stops, was developed by Connecthings, in partnership with RATP Dev USA, BlindSquare, and BlueCats.

Accessibility| March 2, 2018

New app makes TTC station more accessible for blind passengers

Uses indoor navigation technology to deliver verbal descriptions of building floor plans and other details of the physical environment.

Accessibility| July 7, 2017

MBTA testing new tech to help blind find bus stops

The agency will install Bluetooth beacons on bus stop signs that can communicate via a smartphone app to tell users how close they are to the stop.

Technology| May 23, 2017

BART tests hearing loop tech to help those with hearing loss

Riders who use most typical modern hearing aids will be able to toggle a switch on their hearing aids to get a much clearer, isolated sound of announcements made over the public address system, or interactions with the station agent.

Technology| May 23, 2017

[Video] BART Hearing Loop Pilot Project

A pilot project at BART’s Fremont Station is using “hearing loop” technology to help hard-of-hearing customers to better understand announcements and other messages. People who use hearing aids that have T-coil technology (most modern hearing aids) can tune in to the hearing loop and it will pick up public address sounds while filtering out ambient noise.

Accessibility| April 18, 2017

Autonomous shuttle to use 'cool tech' to serve people with disabilities

Future capabilities may include directing direct visually impaired passengers to empty seats or training the vehicle to recognize sign language.

Accessibility| September 27, 2016

School launches navigational app for bus riders with visual impairments

The micronavigation app provides user-submitted navigational clues to help bus riders with visual impairments locate outdoor bus stops more precisely.

Accessibility| August 18, 2016

Man says Winnipeg buses still not accessible for vision impaired

Every bus in the fleet is supposed to be equipped with a "Next Stop Announcement" feature that gives a visible and audible announcement about upcoming bus stops, but the the announcements sometimes don't play or are too quiet to hear.

Accessibility| July 11, 2016

Blind Institute of Technology, Uber team for Colorado job access initiative

Thanks to the agreement, a tap of the Uber app will help remove the employment barrier of getting to job interviews for blind and visually impaired BIT candidates in Colorado.

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