"Getting There" - Documentary on Blind Wayfinding
You'll learn about:
- How individuals with low vision use a variety of cues to navigate the built environment
- What changes to the design of public spaces can improve accessibility to those with low vision
- Conveying a message of inclusion to people of all abilities
“Getting There” explores the various ways people navigate the world when they're visually impaired, and demonstrate how "blind wayfinding" can and should serve as the gold standard that shapes our public spaces. It features interviews with people facing the challenge of blindness, including Randy Pierce of 2020 Vision Quest, who recently completed his second run of the Boston Marathon. “Getting There” also features the compelling and inclusive message of Claudia Folska Ph.D., whose interview on NPR launched this project in 2013.
A principal objective of the film is to raise the awareness of planners to the needs of people with visual impairments, who often are challenged to participate in regular life activities - work, social gatherings, etc. - by the problem "how do I get there?" By understanding more fully the needs of visually impaired people, planners can help shift how public space is designed to better accommodate those needs. The film’s core message is that a better environment for the blind is a better environment for everyone.
Screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion including Ben Frost (Executive Producer) and Matt Frost (Filmmaker).
Confirmed SpeakerMatt Frost is a writer, director, and editor currently residing in Chicago. He graduated from New York University where he studied film and television production, with a focus on screenwriting and video editing. He now works as a writer, cinematographer and video editor, doing short-form films, live-streaming events, and documentary work with a focus on low-impact/high-mobility setups. His documentary on blind wayfinding and urban design (Getting There) had its broadcast premiere on NH Public Television earlier this year and has been accepted for distribution by Rocky Mountain PBS. Matt is currently working as the head of cinematography at a multimedia artist's collective (The Hnossa Project), as well as spearheading and assisting in several other projects within the organization. He has also worked as a live-streamer at The Public Theater in NYC, on a recurring meta-theatrical show featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, screenwriter and Novelist Suzan-Lori Parks (Suzan-Lori Parks: Watch Me Work).
, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Confirmed SpeakerBenjamin Frost, Esq., AICP is the Director of Legal and Public Affairs at New Hampshire Housing, where he coordinates federal and state legislative initiatives. He frequently lectures on issues of affordable and workforce housing, land use law, and ethics. Ben has over 30 years of experience as a land use planner and 20 years as an attorney. He is a member of the Governing Council of Housing Action NH, a low-income housing advocacy organization and he is the Chairman of the New Hampshire Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board. Ben is the Treasurer of the NH Planners Association and the Public Information Officer of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Planning Association. He coordinates a national consortium of American Planning Association chapters and divisions that provides free online training for professional planners. Ben is also a member of the legislative committees of the American Planning Association and the New Hampshire Bar Association. Ben holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Geography (with a focus on USSR environmental policy) from Colgate University and Syracuse University, respectively and a law degree from Cornell Law School with a concentration in business law and regulation. He lives in Warner, NH, where he serves as Chairman of the town planning board. In their spare time, he and his wife Christine seek to employ permaculture principles in the design of their woodland paradise. Ben is also slowly working toward summiting New England’s “Hundred Highest” peaks.