The World's Largest Braille Network

"Being able to identify where I am without having to concentrate on orientation methods such as counting streets makes trips through the city far more pleasurable now. The signs are easy to locate and read, whether you are reading the braille or raised print."
Sydney has launched the world's largest braille and tactile network for blind and visually impaired pedestrians. More than 2.100 braille and raised-letters signs (aluminium panels featuring street names and building numbers) have been installed at pedestrian crossings next to push buttons to make the city more accessible and safer (News). In addition, people with speech or hearing impairments would "not have to rely on passersby for help with directions, allowing them to retain their independence and dignity".
In 2013, the City of Sydney had road tested prototype tactile street signs. It was, in fact, one of the first cities to install tactile signs for the visually impaired in the 1990s (City of Sydney).

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