Technology can help people with visual impairments navigate independently. In fact, there are a lot of apps that you can download on your smartphone to help you navigate outdoors if you are blind or visually impaired. These map apps can provide you with turn by turn directions and identify landmarks as you navigate through neighborhoods or busy city streets.
But, what do you do once you reach your destination?
That’s a question that one of our summer youth participants found an answer for while on a vacation with his family. At the airport he was able to use an app called BlindSquare, which uses directional beacons to provide information and directions on your smartphone.
Hoping to expand and raise awareness of this technology, Esteban successfully lobbied INSIGHT’s Board of Directors to install the technology in our building. Esteban’s hope is that visitors to our building will be able to use the app and then encourage other building owners to install it as a way to increase independence for their blind and visually impaired customers.
We are planning a demonstration of the technology for a group of INSIGHT clients soon and Esteban will also be making a presentation about it at an upcoming conference for vision rehabilitation professionals.