Sydney Launches Largest Tactile Network in the World

Probono Australia

4th July 2016

Sydney Launches Largest Tactile Network in the World

The world’s largest network of tactile and braille street signs has been launched in Sydney to help visually impaired pedestrians navigate the streets.

More that 2,100 braille and raised-letter signs have been installed at pedestrian crossings across the City of Sydney area following extensive community consultation and on-site testing with Vision Australia and Guide Dogs, (NSW/ACT.

The panels were officially launched on Monday by Lord Mayor Clover Moore who said it was the “world’s largest tactile network”.

Vision Australia general manager New South Wales client services, Michael Simpson said many people would benefit from clear, consistent and accessible wayfinding information.

“Making Sydney accessible for all visitors and residents is a great step towards creating an inclusive society,” Simpson said.

“In the words of Stevie Wonder, ‘We need to make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability’.

“At Vision Australia we work hard towards that reaching goal and we are proud of our involvement in this project.

“As an experienced National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and My Age Care provider, we help people living with blindness or low vision reach their individual goals – whether that is travelling independently around a city or keeping up with their favourite books and magazine through our accessible library.”

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