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An Update from the Tele Town Hall Team

May 12 2017

Hi everyone and as a follow up to our recent town hall meeting held on March
04, we are pleased to let you know that we are in the midst of planning our
next tele town hall meeting hopefully to be hosted some time in September
2017.
Over the course of the next few months we will be providing more details of
the format and content of this town hall along with announcements pertaining
to the date and time.
In the meantime, we will be sending out a summary of the March tele town
hall meeting to those who participated in both meetings.
Whether or not you participated in either or both Tele Town Hall meetings,
if you wish to receive  summaries of both meetings then you can send an
email to LetUsGetItOutThere@gmail.com and we will be pleased to send those
to you.
In the meantime, we wish you a super summer.
Signed
The tele town hall team
Richard Marion, Anthony Tibbs, Robin East, Albert Ruel, Louise Gillis, Kim
Kilpatrick, Melanie Marsden, Pat Seed, Jane Blaine, Paul Edwards, Donna
Jodhan.

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) / Lions Clubs Mobile Eye Clinics

May 07 2017

Mobile Eye Clinc – Testing Students, Saving Sight

May 04 2017

NS Accessibility Act

Apr 28 2017
On April 27, Nova Scotia became the third province in Canada to pass their Accessibility Act.   We are excited to see this moving forward, and want to thank Pat Gates and the CCB Access and Awareness Chapter for all their hard work.

OC Transpo takes bus announcements outside 

Apr 21 2017
people boarding an OC transpo bus at a street stop

Catching the bus is getting easier

On April 23, OC Transpo launched improvements to its next stop announcement system. Exterior bus announcements, which audibly announce the route and destination of the arriving bus, can now be heard by customers waiting at all bus stops and transit stations.

Some customers are unable to see or read the visual destination sign of an approaching bus – particularly, customers who are blind or who have vision loss. This affects their ability to identify the bus, and to use transit independently and safely. Exterior bus announcements will assist all customers in confirming they are boarding the correct vehicle, especially at stops and platforms served by multiple routes.

Generated from a speaker located outside the front door of the bus, this technology will automatically announce, in both official languages, the same information that can be seen on the exterior destination sign of the bus. When the operator opens the door, the bus will make the announcement – for example, “Route 95 Baseline, Circuit 95 Baseline.”

Announcement volumes have been set to be only a few decibels above the ambient or surrounding street-level noise at the stops. They are intended to be heard by those waiting at the stop. The volume of the exterior bus announcements will also vary depending on the time of day – getting quieter from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The implementation of OC Transpo’s new exterior bus announcements has been guided by feedback from an eight-member community working group, composed of residents and stakeholders with an interest in the provision of a more accessible transit service. This group helped to initiate the project, provided OC Transpo staff with an enhanced understanding of the unique challenges faced by some customers, and assisted in the development of the announcement content and sounds. The community working group included representatives of the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, Canadian Council of the Blindand Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments.

For more information on OC Transpo’s exterior bus announcements or on the other accessibility features that make it easier for customers to use transit, please visit www.octranspo.com   or contact OC Transpo Information at 613-741-4390 (TTY 613-741-5280).