Thank you to everyone. Attendees, panelists and the many who connected with us for additional information. Regarding the February 9th, Accessible Indoor Navigation Presentation and interactive experience held at the Vancouver Central Library.
Special thanks to Mike May (Executive Director) and Professor Vinod Namboodiri (Research Scientist). Who attended on behalf of Envision – Workforce Innovation Centre, Wichita, Kansas. And Steve Barclay, Canadian Assistive Technology for creating the Right-Hear app indoor navigation experience.
It was an engaging panel discussion and Q&A. That framed the current technology and future innovations on the horizon for indoor navigation technology.
My apology, for the unexpected quick wrap up, of the Q&A and meeting, due to the evacuation of the Library. Kudos to everyone. You all handled it calmly and orderly. Although, an unplanned fire drill, A relevant real-life example, in how good directional information by library staff. Enabled the quick and efficient evacuation of 50 people of which about half were blind.
We had originally aimed for about twenty attendees from various groups and organizations. But, Interest was so strong we increased seating to forty and added another ten seats at registration to accommodate the overflow.
Two years ago, a public-sector representative told me that their blind advisory group had indicated no interest or need for accessible indoor navigation technology”. At the time, I was stunned by the comment. As a blind person from the private sector and former national board member of an organization that advocated on behalf of blind Canadians. I viewed the technology as a game changer for the blind and anyone else not able to interpret visual signage. But it also made me realize we needed to build awareness and consensus within and outside of the blind community. Making it clear. Why this is not only a good thing to do but a necessary step in creating a more accessible and inclusive society.
Based on the response and feedback we received Friday and leading up to the presentation. I am more than ever, confident that we are on track for real and beneficial change.”
Our efforts are grounded in the belief that real positive change. Requires the blind and visually-impaired. To be equal participants and leaders. In all aspects of the developing accessible indoor navigation technology sector.
The importance of collaboration and partnership were highlighted throughout the panel discussion and Q&A. The emergence of indoor navigation technology whether it develops as beacon, Wi-Fi fingerprinting or some other yet to be known technology. The reality is that it is going to be every where and we need to ensure digital information / content is accessible, consistent and affordable.
We believe there is an opportunity through Gateway Navigation CCC Limited, to create a new community contribution model. In which the blind become the decision-maker and catalyst in identifying the resources that best creates independence for themselves. Accomplishing these social objectives through a financially sustainable business model
To learn more about accessible indoor navigation and Gateway. Subscribe to our Blind Side – Indoor Navigation Updates at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.gnc3.com.
We welcome your questions, comments and involvement.
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