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Navigating on a Research Vessel

Accessible technology is everywhere - including aboard the Research Vessel Neil Armstrong!

How does a blind oceanographer navigate a complex ship like the new Research Vessel Neil Armstrong? Amy Bower is an oceanographer studying ocean currents in the North Atlantic. In her blog written while aboard her current research cruise, Amy shares how she uses QR codes and the BlindSquare app to initially label various areas of the ship.

Read Amy’s blog post, Where’s My Room!

As a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS), I am always interested in learning how others are using technology in practical ways for orientation and mobility purposes. Honestly, I have never considered what type of O&M challenges might be found on an active research vessel! Amy shares her adventures and her passion for science in her blogs as she gathers and analyzes data about ocean currents. Her blogs provide a glimpse of the life of a oceanographer and spark the inner scientist in all of us!

Find all of Amy’s blogs here.

By Diane Brauner

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