Category: Orientation and Mobility

Braillewise Signage System

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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a Braille signage system to assist individuals who are blind or have low vision to navigate airline lavatories. Airplane lavatories can be challenging to navigate for any traveler, but for individuals who are blind or have low vision they can be especially difficult to navigate. Designers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed an easy to use system that helps readers of Braille know where everything is once they enter the lavatory. The BrailleWise Signage System involves placing horizontal bars with Braille text in strategic locations at about waist level that inform the reader about the layout of the lavatory (e.g., location of toilet and sink). By sliding fingers along the bars around the perimeter of the lavatory, the visitor can learn where all the amenities are without having to touch them to find out. AUTHOR: Gene Ostrovsky. TITLE: BrailleWise Signage System Helps Blind Navigate Airline Lavatories. WEBSITE: medGadget. REF:


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