The most extensive system of braille and tangible signage in Sydney to assist the unsighted pedestrians had been placedaround Sydney.
Comparatively around 2100 raised letter and braille signs have been positioned at pedestrian lanes along the Sydney area.
The signage in Sydney was officially founded by Lord Mayor Clover Moore who claimed the innovation as the world’s biggest tangible network.
“It’s one of the most considerable undertaking that we have done to ensure the city is accessible and accommodating to our locals and visitors,” Mr. Moore said.
Featured on the aluminium panels are building numbers and street names both written in braille and huge, raised lettering.
They have been situated next to push buttons at provided crossing areas.
According to Nicole Holmes who is guided by a dog, the signage in Sydney will make a distinction to those who are vision impaired or blind.
“The new signage should enable the vision impaired to easily move around the city with confidence, independently and safely,” she said.
“The ability to find where I am without having to focus on directions like counting streets make my travel to the city now more gratifying and enjoyable.”
“It’s now easy to read and locate the signage, whether I’m now reading in braille or raised print.”
From Vision Australia’s Rolf Geerings, the signage in Sydney will simplify and make my life easier should I lose my sense of sight to macular degeneration.
He told the ABC that in this country, persons with disability like those visually impaired can look after their own comfortably and safely.
“It should help me move around Sydney without having the feeling of danger deep inside.”
In NSW alone, there are about 100,000 people with permanent vision loss, according to Guide dogs NSW/ACT.
This figure is expected to augment by more than 20% in the year 2020.
This goes to show that the vision impaired individuals receive equal treatment with normal people. It is their chance to act normally while crossing down the streets of Sydney. They don’t have to fear being run over by vehicles as they now have signage in Sydney to warn motorists that they are crossing the streets.