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Need information on riding the subway as a visually impaired person!

HI,
myself and a group of 4 students are working on a graduate project dealing with the challenges visually impaired people face when riding the subway. We would absolutely love an opportunity to speak with you about your experiences, fears, etc, and maybe even observe you riding the subway. Any help, advice, would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers,
Dena, Dana, Katie, Elissa, Paulina

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Re:Need information on riding the subway as a visually impaired person!



As my vision decreases, I’ve started to think ahead, and wonder how I will get around if my vision gets to the sightless/almost sightless level of blindness. So your topic “caught my eye” :)

I mostly use my cities bus service with my ADA card, I have free travel. The rapid is our equivalent to the subway but I do not need to get downtown, or to the airport so I have not used it. Plus the stations are isolated and when I did frequent them, ages ago there was no security even then….

I googled for tips and other search strings with subway, accessibility, and blind and found a few things that were interesting, the first book excerpt was very informative and farther down the link to the story of the guide horse 9I had forgotten about them) was informative as they traveled by railcar…

I hope your research goes well...


Access to mass transit for blind and visually impaired travelers
By Mark M. Uslan, American Foundation for the Blind, Alec F. Peck, William R. Wiener

http://books.google.com/books?id=ISZ7VnncEUQC&pg=P...

http://www3.ttc.ca/TTC_Accessibility/Accessible_Se...

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Helping visually impaired riders
The TTC is recognized by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for creating and building a barrier-free subway/rt system. Among the Easier Access features providing accessibility to blind, visually impaired and deaf-blind riders are:
• Subway platform edge tiles.
• Wayfinding paths on platform floors.
• Subway door chimes and flashing lights.
• Station stop announcements.
• Stair upgrades and brightly coloured stair nosings.
• Braille and raised lettering in elevators and at Designated Waiting Areas (DWAs).
• Public address announcements in the subway system.
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http://www.springerlink.com/content/6mx4h003152852...
Department of Computer Science, University of Chile,

Abstract

In this study, we introduce software for blind users that represents a subway system in a desktop computer. A user can organize and prepare a travel with the assistance of the software before riding the subway. After a usability study and cognitive evaluation, we detected the need for creating a mobile solution with similar goals as the desktop application. This software for mobile devices has also the capacity to help the user to solve mobility and orientation problems in real subway stations. In order to design a handheld version it was necessary to consider new features such as travel duration, tickets fare, and the estimated time duration of the travel. Conclusions from the usability study revealed the importance of using interface elements such as the audio-based hierarchy menu, the travel simulation, and the information about the subway network, stations and their surroundings. The cognitive study results revealed important gains in the development of orientation and mobility skills to use the subway system in blind users, which help them to be more integrated to the society.

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http://www.peera.com/essays/blind.html
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http://guidehorse.org/press_latimes1.htm
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http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1S1-91993070803045...
Blind Woman Killed by a Subway Car - New York Times
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http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?t=3601...
BLIND GIRL RAPED IN NYC SUBWAY..

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Travel Training in New York City
Courses, Coaching Help Disabled Ride NYC Subway, Buses in Safety

Read more: http://disabled-travelers-safety-health.suite101.c...

NYC Public Transit Accessibility Resources
Accessible Stations in the MTA Network
All accessible subway stations in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn have AutoGate, that allows those with ambulatory disabilities, a wheelchair, or a service animal to enter and exit the subway system. Check the MTA website for a list of accessible stations
Reduced-fare EasyPay Metro Card
Disabled persons can purchase a Metro Card for unlimited monthly use for half price ($40.50). Riders refill cards electronically and receive a 15-percent bonus for each $10 addition. Monthly statements are available in large print and braille. Call 877.323.7433 for details.
If you have questions or concerns about using public transportation in New York City, contact the MTA Travel Information Line for People with Disabilities at 718.596.8585 (TTY 718.596.8273.

Read more: http://disabled-travelers-safety-health.suite101.c...

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http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=065&sh=story&s...
Elected Officials Announce Legislative Package to Improve MTA Access for People with Disabilities

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Subway Safety for the Blind
http://montreal.about.com/b/2008/11/04/subway-safe...

Passive alarm system for blind and visually impaired individuals
http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5933082/descript...



Re:Need information on riding the subway as a visually impaired person!



we are based in Washington Heights, NYC, but would be willing to travel throughout the city to meet


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