Topic : services for the blind and hearing impaired

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How high-tech tools can help improve transit access and accessibility

| February 19, 2020

People with disabilities continue to list transportation as either the number one or number two barrier to employment and full social participation.

MCTS launches app to help blind, low-vision riders

Accessibility| February 18, 2020

Users of the Aira app receive one-on-one assistance riding the bus and navigating the more than 5,000 bus stops in Milwaukee County.

Technology| January 28, 2020

INIT mobility app assists visual, hearing, and mobility impaired riders

Includes a travel companion request, which sends a notification to the driver indicating the level of assistance the rider requires.

Accessibility| December 31, 2019

[Video] Detailed voice guidance comes to Google Maps

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.

Mobility| December 26, 2019

RTC van donation helps local man regain independence, beat odds

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.

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