Universal Accessibility and Singapore

I am here for Singapore, for a week to attend a workshop at NUS. I stay at UTown, college residence. I was amazed by the use of technology for making everything universally accessible at Singapore.

Here in elevators, floor number is also in braille. If someone is visually impaired, he can touch and figure out the floor number. The elevator also reads out the floor which is currently in. Not only that, train or MRT reads out the commands for people such as “Now you are in Kent Ridge, Next station is …”, “Watch out the platform gap”. The next station and the current station is clearly marked in the map using lights and their is a LED board showing the messages which are read out for passengers.

The floor is also marked with metal pieces to guide visually impaired people. They can easily identify the path using their stick. 

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Author: Harshani Nawarathna

Sri Lankan woman in Computing

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