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TrekAbout Adelaide: One Agency’s Experience of Introducing GPS Technology to O&M Services

Authors
  • Riessen, Adrian B.Sec.Ed., (Mathematics)...1
  • Ryan, Alison B.App.Sc., (Human Movement)...1
  • Battista, Mark B.App.Sc., (Occupational ...2
  • 1 Guide Dogs SA.NT, 251 Morphett Street Adelaide, 5000
  • 2 Guide Dogs SA.NT, 251 Morphett Street, Adelaide, 5000
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Orientation & Mobility
Publisher
Exeley Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
2
Issue
1
Pages
73–80
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21307/ijom-2009-007
Source
Exeley
License
Green

Abstract

Guide Dogs Association of South Australia and Northern Territory (Guide Dogs SA.NT) provides Orientation & Mobility (O&M) programs for people with vision impairment, including training in the use of Electronic Travel Aids (ETAs). Recent developments in wayfinding technology have included introduction of specialised Global Positioning System (GPS) devices for people with vision impairment. This article describes considerations that were made by Guide Dogs SA.NT in selecting wayfinding devices designed for use by blind and vision impaired travellers. Additionally, the way in which these devices have been incorporated into services is discussed, including details of an event to inform the community of this new technology.

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