[access-uk] Re: Accessible real time bus information systems.

Hi, Jim,

Interesting stuff, and I'm sure you're right about our wonderful blind organisations not supporting us where it counts (i.e., surviving in everyday life). Unfortunately, though there are many good people involved with them, they have a long history of being non-disabled organisations that provide FOR us and not involving us at the right level. That was a ridiculously long sentence but hope you get what I mean.

I feel it would be totally wonderful just to be able to trigger talking whatever in the way you describe, and it could even be that the odd non=disabled person passing by would benefit from the enhanced service too. And just imagine being on a bus and actually knowing where you were! This is routine on trains, isn't it, so what's the fuss? what's the mystery?

I'd better put my soap-box away now too and take a Valium.

Vince
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Hi Vince,

Your comments are on the right track. There's technology called talking signs that are present in a lot of Cities/Towns in the UK now. These talking signs are activated with a trigger device that automatically activates the talking sign as you approach it. The trigger works off a frequency signal which could be used to activate a Real Bus Information Sign as well. However, getting people in the know to implement this type of technology is like trying to walk through a brick wall. Even the DDA won't come to our rescue and if you look at the last Act that went through, "Removing obstacles to accessibility," you would think this Act would help us to get these types of systems accessible to visually impaired people, not the case, because no one is interested, especially the RNIB and Guide Dogs Association. The Act was just another Spin and does disabled people no good at all.

Getting off my soap box now <smile>

Regards.
Jim.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Vince Thacker" <vince@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:03 PM
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Hi again Jim,

These posts have given me an idea.

When my Dad wants to call the emergency services he just presses a medallion that hangs around his neck. This identifies him and works the phone.

Could something like this be used by one of these talking bus stop systems...

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