"Getting There" - Documentary on Blind Wayfinding

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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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).

Speakers

Matt Frost , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Benjamin Frost , AICP , New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority , Bedford , NH (see bio)