Japan’s tactile paving helps visually impaired travel.

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visually impaired easioerThis is such a great innovation. Seiichi Miyake came up with the idea for the two types of paved stones after seeing a visually impaired man with a can almost hit by a car. One of the two types of pavers has long shapes to denote travel direction and the other has the bumps we are used to seeing in the states at corners to represent caution. I often wonder what kind of support would be required to see this sort of innovation or implementation in the United States, then I remember than we don’t even have a viable way to represent bathrooms for the visually impaired who don’t read braille. I love that the paths created by  Seiichi Miyake are bright yellow, making it easier for those who are not completely blind more able to travel a safe route. 

Japan has always been on the forefront of supporting their visually impaired citizens, it would be amazing if the United States adopted even some of the ways other countries support their disabled citizens. Please take a moment to read this interesting and informative article on this innovation. 


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