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Accessibility for the Partially Sighted

Making Cities More Accessible for the Partially Sighted

Imagine losing your sight and having to rely on other people to help you get out and about, or being restricted to the same four of five short routes that have taken months to learn. Or imagine being in a foreign country, unable to read the signs and unsure of where you need to go. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to overcome those challenges independently, allowing you to spontaneously and confidently get out to explore the world around you?

The Future Cities Catapult is collaborating on the project Cities Unlocked to develop technology-enabled solutions that will help make living in or moving through cities more enjoyable for partially sighted people and their families. 

With its partners Guide Dogs for the Blind and Microsoft, it is working to develop a detailed understanding of the current challenges and develop new solutions - with the long term ambition of empowering everyone to explore the city independently and with confidence. 

Bringing together people with sight loss with researchers, designers and service provides, the project will identify the current challenges and develop new solutions - with the long term ambition of empowering everyone to explore the city independently and with confidence. 

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Learn more about the project: bit.ly/1i792no

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