Miranda House has installed talking signages across the college campus, that will help visually challenged students find their way conveniently, adhering to Delhi University’s bid for more disabled-friendly campuses.
Almost 100 acrylic sheets enabled with QR code have been fixed at important areas within the campus, spots are frequented by students like the canteen, classes and hostels. The initiative will be another feather in the cap for DU towards making campus experience better for everyone.
“This new initiative of digital signs will make technology more accessible to blind students”, Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal of Miranda House, told Indian Express.
In a world powered by visual imagery, the implementation of talking signage holds great significance for those with visual impairment.
Miranda House. Source: Wikimedia
Surpassing the complexities of Braille, a talking signage provides directional voice messages as the person with the detecting device comes within its range. This concept focuses on the directional sense of a disabled person rather than their tactile abilities.
To avail the signage facility, visually impaired students have to download the customised app on their smartphones.
As the student comes within 3 feet radius of the code, a verbal message with location details is generated.
“If a student wish to enter the canteen, they have to come close to the digital signage installed outside. The code will inform them that in three steps, there is a gate and directs the students on how many steps are required to enter the location”, said Dr Pratibha.
Both students and teachers have been actively volunteering to help the college’s disabled students install the app on their phones. The initiative has been undertaken by Lakshita, the enabling society that aids visually challenged students.
The initiative taken up by Miranda House is highly commendable and willl hopefully inspire other institutions across the country to make campuses disabled-friendly and inclusive of all students.