Today's blind student must rely on others to find his or her professor's office or the nearest restroom.
Student success is determined by others' availability to help
Schools must implement new technology to provide reasonable accommodation
Students cannot use posted signs to determine location
Students feel comfortable augmenting their lives with apps
New Braille gives dignity and empowerment back to blind students by allowing them to navigate indoors on their own. With new freedom and confidence, students can control the trajectory of their studies: attendance, office visits, and their success. Schools are able to recruit high-caliber students and position themselves ahead of the curve in providing accommodations and success to all students.
Universities and students benefit
New Braille will allow blind students to always be confident of their location. When it's time to move, simply enter the desired destination – a classroom or professor’s office – and receive instructions along the way.
New Braille can go places GPS can't - including underground. By collecting a database of the unique magnetic fingerprints of each meter of space in a building, New Braille pinpoints a location by sensing the electromagnetic interference from the steel and concrete structures around it. No extra hardware needed.
Users may specify a professor, a room numer, or a class. The location options are endless.
The app gives turn-by-turn audio and low-vision compatible instruction. Stairs and other hazards are alerted.
As campuses become more accessible, students simply do better. Everyone reaps the rewards of first-ever autonomy for the blind.
New Braille is driven by voice, but looks great, too!