Topic : services for the blind and hearing impaired

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[Video] Detailed voice guidance comes to Google Maps

Accessibility| December 31, 2019

Google Maps is introducing detailed voice guidance built from the ground up by, and for, people with vision impairments. Follow Wakana as she uses the feature to navigate the streets of Tokyo with more comfort and confidence.

RTC van donation helps local man regain independence, beat odds

Mobility| December 26, 2019

The Southern Nevada-based agency donated a van to a local healthcare and human services nonprofit to help people like Deary.

November 20, 2019

Aiming to live and travel 'unimpeded' with a visual impairment

I was born with very poor eyesight, and by the time I turned 14, I traded in my poor eyesight for a long white cane and lessons in Braille.

Technology| May 6, 2019

MBTA program uses AI to deliver info to blind, low-vision users

Aira connects blind or low-vision users with highly trained sighted agents who provide visual information about the user’s surroundings.

Accessibility| March 16, 2018

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

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.

Mobility| March 13, 2018

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

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.

Mobility| 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.

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