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Designing Accessible Walking Routes for People With a Visual Impairment

Authors
  • Dalyot, Sagi
  • Cohen, Achituv
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers for Young Minds
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2022
Volume
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/frym.2022.853975
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Neuroscience and Psychology
  • New Discovery
License
Green

Abstract

Most of us take our navigation abilities for granted and instinctively use our sense of sight to help us find our way. However, for millions of people worldwide with visual impairments, wayfinding and navigation are a daily challenge. Pedestrians with visual impairments lack basic information about the spaces in which they are walking. This restricts and limits them, makes them dependent on others, harms their welfare, and negatively impacts them socially. Recently, a study was performed at the Technion in Israel, aimed at developing software and an application to design walking routes especially suited for the visually impaired population, focusing on their unique needs and preferences. This study offers an effective and practical solution for pedestrians who are visually impaired, which enhances their mobility, independence, and welfare, and thus enables them to engage more easily with society.

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