The Canadian National Institute for Blind (CNIB) supports Canadians that are blind or with partial sight. The focus of CNIB is to help people achieve their goals and increase their overall independence on their daily basis. Therefore, the CNIB has plans to make one of Toronto’s busiest areas one of the most accessible in the GTA. To enable this, the CNIB wants to introduce a new program aimed to help the visually impaired to find their way around the city.

Helping the Visually Impaired With Beacons

The organization is aiming to implement this program in the city of Toronto to help the visually impaired in the city. CNIB will make use of beacons for this program. The beacons will be placed in 200 restaurants and shops at Yonge and St. Clair. Furthermore, the use of beacons will provide the opportunity for visual impaired people to have a better guidance.

The beacons will transmit information to the BlindSquare app. This will allow the signs emitted by the beacons to be transformed into the needed information for indoor navigation. In fact, it will allow visually impaired people to be verbally guided around indoor buildings.

As said by Angela Bonfanti, CNIB GTA Executive Director:

“If we can show that an entire neighbourhood can get together and work together to show what accessibility looks like, then you really have some great research. And we’ll go to our local governments and say, ‘the legislatures, the chambers, the museums, you name it, you need to do this. You need a beacon in every publicly funded building, because we’re taxpayers too.'”

This program is funded through a grant from the Rick Hansen Foundation. Furthermore, this program shows a great initiative for the visually impaired. Besides, it also provides another great example of the use of beacons. We have already written a few cases about the use of beacons for the visually impaired. In case you want to know more about the use of beacons and blindSquare for visually impaired. You can read more here.