How do you find the bus stop if you can’t see it?
Imagine the frustration of hearing a bus approach and then listening as it drives right by you, simply because you were standing in the wrong place. For people who are blind or have low vision, this is a common occurrence that can mean missing a job interview, a medical appointment, or the chance to socialize with friends.
GPS navigation helps people who are blind travel independently in almost any situation, but it can only take them so far. Finding bus stops and other transportation markers remains a significant challenge to independence for travelers who are visually impaired, keeping them from exploring their communities, pursuing employment or accessing education.
In Their Own Words
"I try to use my cane to find bus stops but then usually ask people to double-check. Sometimes I miss my bus, because asking people takes time."
"The challenge is knowing where the bus stop is, so I can be visible and obvious. As I try to catch the bus, I ask people. If there are no people around, that is a problem."
"I can hear the bus coming but unless I am standing right at the bus stop sign, it doesn’t stop. My iPhone GPS will tell me generally where I am, but how does someone blind find a physical bus stop sign?"