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Accessible washing machines

Washing machines have traditionally been challenging to use for visually impaired users but German manufacturer Miele, has changed this. The Miele GuideLine washing machine uses strong visual contrasts, raised tactile dots and audio cues to overcome these barriers. The control uses raised dots and audio beeps to help you select the right program, temperature and spin cycle. For more information click here.

Missing important rail announcements and disruption information on station platforms is frustrating for everybody. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, travelling can become a miserable experience. Network rail have now installed 10 BSL touchscreen information screens on the passenger areas at Euston station with a further 10 more planned by the end of 2021. The BSL information updates can be uploaded to the screens via 4G soon after the disruptions become known. The touchscreens also display text based information which can be enlarged and colour contrasted. Network rail hope to expand this to other stations too.

Passenger Assistance app

You can now book passenger assistance for train journeys via an app. The Passenger Assistance app has been built with advice from many disability groups. You simply create your profile, select your journey and specify the assistance that you require. You will receive an email confirmation and a notification on the app when your request has been received. Search ‘Passenger Assistance’ in the App store or Google Play store.

The LiDAR sensor

The LiDAR scanner is a new sensor built into some of the latest Apple devices, including the new iPhone 12 Pro. It identifies sounds, speech and haptic feedback to tell you what and who is around you and how far away they are. This is great for everyday situations like queuing, social distancing and finding a safe place to sit down.

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