We all want to travel, discover new places, and go on expeditions. However, due to inaccessible infrastructure, a great chunk of India’s population finds it difficult to travel from one destination to another. According to the 2001 Census, there are nearly 21 million differently-abled persons in the country, but just 3% of public spaces are accessible to them.
Making your way around a bus or train, especially when it’s overcrowded, can be tough. Think how much tougher it would be if you couldn’t even see.
Blind or visually impaired people may be at risk from seats, railings, other passengers, and their luggage. One would expect that people would be considerate enough to alert them of upcoming obstacles or direct them to a seat, but this is not always the case.
This is why Eminent Tactiles orienting solutions, such as Tactile Ground Surface Indicator (TGSI’s), are so significant.
Eminent Tactiles is on a journey to create this distant memory. Not only we are attempting to create inclusive neighborhoods, but we are also educating people about various disabilities.
Trains and buses are some of the most prominent ways to travel, especially when traveling great distances. It’s a whole different story for the differently-abled. Uneven flooring, a lack of ramps, and a lack of navigational aids are just a few of the issues that they face when traveling.
Sensors installed on buses and trains would allow people with vision loss to move in a safer and more independent manner.
Even while this cutting-edge technology has the potential to provide travelers with a whole new experience, it will take time for firms to accept it and integrate it across their fleets. However, some of the existing restrictions are somewhat simple, providing little incentive for businesses to use cutting-edge solutions.
To make travel simpler for the visually handicapped, we included a number of features in railway stations and trains. Platform indications on stair railings, tactile indicators, surrounding the station enabling the blind to navigate easily, train schedules, seat and coach numbers in Braille, and Braille menu cards at all food outlets inside station bounds are just a few of them.
Typically, tactile pavement can only convey general information to a visually impaired person, such as telling them that they’ve arrived at a station turnoff to a platform. A visually challenged individual, on the other hand, would have no way of knowing which platform they’ve arrived at without either learning the layout of the station or asking a passerby.
The platform, bathroom, and reservation center can all be found using Braille signage. Various passenger amenities are offered on these Braille maps. It is also installed on the escalator railings and foot over bridges. We have provided meal menus in Braille at all the food outlets.
An access ramp erected in most public locations will enable them to live independently, as they will no longer be dependent on others to assist them with their mobility.
Reflectors on the stairs should be installed at the long-distance train station’s entrance to assist those with low eyesight. To assist those with Speech and Hearing disabilities, there should be preparations to deploy sign language videos on the premises.
Small initiatives have been taken to make travel more accessible and convenient for everyone. In the future, authorities hope to establish a dedicated assistance desk to assist passengers with specific requirements.
A few pointers for improving accessibility for the blind:
Examining present station facilities to determine their acceptability for all of your clients may reveal some areas where you might make improvements. Railway stations should include accessible restrooms for people with disabilities as a matter of course.
Providing easy-to-navigate stations for all users, regardless of mobility, vulnerability, or other potential accessibility difficulties, removes physical and mental barriers, making rail travel more accessible to all.
Access to public transit is necessary for independence, and interpersonal interaction is a vital component of that access. Vehicle accessibility will not make a difference unless good services are provided and people have a pleasant attitude toward passengers who use public transit.
A milestone towards a more worthwhile life for persons with disabilities!
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