No Dark Doors


Charlotte is the first city in the world to bring free permanent citywide access to the BlindSq Event app with a two-year pilot initiative using innovative technology to help people who are blind or visually impaired audibly navigate the city.

Overview

In 2003, the American Foundation for the Blind named Charlotte the country’s first “Most Livable City in the US for the Visually Impaired”. A visually impaired Bank of America employee was responsible for nominating our city.

Today, Metrolina Association for the Blind has partnered with Bank of America and its Disability Advocacy Network to launch “No Dark Doors” which is providing the first contiguous route in the nation to offer indoor navigation for people with vision impairments. This is part of a worldwide initiative.

Indoor navigation is like using GPS on a smartphone, but it works inside a building, to audibly alert a person to the name of an establishment and to points of interest such as a reception desk, elevators, ATM machines etc. Indoor navigation is a need that has not yet been addressed by current accessibility standards and it has the potential to greatly increase the independence of people with vision impairments.

How can I try it out?

Download the free “Blindsq Event app” on your iPhone or iPad in the App Store to experience this innovative technology! When you approach an iBeacon you will automatically hear an orientation message. If you hear a jingle following the first message, shake your iPhone for additional orientation information.

What areas of Charlotte are included in “No Dark Doors” initiative?

  • All businesses from 11th and Tryon to Stonewall and Tryon
  • All bus stops in the inner loop
  • Urban Section of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Resources:

Tech Solutions for Visual Independence
http://yourtsvi.com/

U-R-Able, Rob Nevin
rob@u-r-able.com

BlindSquare
http://blindsquare.com/

For more information or if you would like to have free iBeacons installed in your business please contact:
Laura Park-Leach
Senior Vice President
lparkleach@mabnc.org
704-887-5111