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Accessibility: Mass Transit for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

This short web page is a compilation of frequently asked questions regarding the needs and barriers regarding accessible mass transit for people who are blind or visually impaired. Some examples of the ways that transit systems have become more inclusive are providing large-print, high-contrast, and non-glare informational signs in terminals and providing external speakers that announce vehicle identification information. More examples on site.

American Foundation for the Blind

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Posted by: sadavis on Wed Dec 03, 2014 at 5:43 p.m.

The site has some good information. They provide examples of different barriers and solutions to some of these barriers. The website is brief in its descriptions and even though there is some good information there are probably better sites with more information presented in a better format.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability