On March 31st, we were approached by Igor Kushni, a Ukrainian BlindSquare user, seeking help on behalf of persons who are blind and partially sighted in Ukraine. We immediately put a plan into action to support them. Below is Igor’s plea for help for Ukrainian refugees.
Continue reading Over 300 RBC Bank Branches Across Canada Now Offer Greater Independence for Canadians with Vision Loss
305 RBC branches (about 25% of the Canadian network) recently introduced the BlindSquare app to their customers to offer greater independence for those with vision loss. It’s estimated that 1.5 million Canadians identify as having some form of sight loss, which can be a barrier when entering unfamiliar locations such as shops, banks, new streets, etc.
The City of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, recently partnered with our friends at CNIB to launch BlindSquare Event, a free accessible navigation and wayfinding tool, in their Downtown Pedestrian Mall to increase accessibility for those with low vision or blindness.
Since the declaration of war on Ukraine, the World Blind Union (WBU) has prepared an initiative to provide support for Ukrainians. In particular, those who are blind or partially sighted experiencing unimaginable challenges; challenges that are intensified by barriers to transportation, communication, and access to information.
Witness the synergy with two practice-leading products, Sunu Band and BlindSquare. Sunu Band, The best complement for your white cane or guide dog, it protects your head and upper body by warning you through vibrations when an object or person is getting close.
BlindSquare was recently featured in CityLab’s roundup of apps that are redefining accessibility; an impressive list of tools opening new pathways for people with disabilities. With COVID-19 came a new way of life; a world of remote work, oftentimes leading to a digital divide for those with visual impairments.
Congratulations are in order for Ashley Nemeth, motivational speaker, writer, and blogger for her feature in Canadian Geographic’s magazine issue announcing the largest accessibility project in North America. In this article, Ashley shares her experience as an individual who is totally blind navigating through Wascana Park, Regina, and the enrichment that the BlindSquare app now offers to this experience.
Today, we’re proud to announce our latest venture into making the world a more accessible place. Sunu Band, the advanced mobility aid for those who are blind or have vision loss, uses sonar and echolocation to detect objects in the user’s path.
BlindSquare, the most used and recognized waypoint navigation application for persons who are blind, partially-sighted or deafblind, today announces another first. Ilkka Pirttimaa (CEO and creator of BlindSquare) in celebration of its 10 year anniversary, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and in cooperation with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).
Throughout this rollercoaster that we call 2020, our days have shifted from fearful to hopeful and every feeling in between; and yet the rollercoaster continues on. This year, perhaps more than ever before in our lifetime, the world has rallied together to support one another in restless anticipation that the pandemic – alongside its emotional, economical and physical effects – will quickly taper away.