Here at RiotACT we certainly hope we have blind users, if only because we’ve spent years putting alt tags onto images and it’d be nice if someone was using them.
We mention this because Chief Minister Gallagher has announced the ACT Government is going to be providing “bus hailing kits” to Canberra’s visually impaired commuters:
“The bus hailing kit is a pocket-sized set of numbered cards that are printed with large-text and Braille numbers designed for use by visually-impaired people to help signal the bus route they wish to board.
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“The kits come with a clear plastic pouch that has three slots in which to place the desired route number. The inserts that are used are in large print to help customers and drivers see them easily.
“A customer waiting at the bus stop will hold the kit at shoulder height to signal to the driver that they need to catch the route indicated by the hailing kit,” the Chief Minister said.
The bus hailing kits have been supplied by the public transport provider, Transpo, in the city of Ottawa, Canada. Vision Australia and Guide Dogs ACT will continue to be consulted during the trial to assist in the development and implementation of the kits.
Which is nice and all, but why can’t people make their own, to suit their own needs?
Calgary Transit has more information about how they do this.