Summer is just around the corner and that means many people will be traveling. However, traveling can be challenging for people who are visually impaired. But, don’t worry! There are many products for visually impaired people on the market today that can help people with vision loss have an easier time on vacation.
The OrCam MyEye is just one of the products for the visually impaired that can ease the burden of traveling. The text recognition feature can help people with vision loss read the airport signs, street signs, and other reading material such as brochures or trip planning books. The product recognition feature can be used to store currency which can help the traveler identify different bills when paying for things.
In addition to products for the visually impaired that can be used when traveling, here are some helpful tips that can make vacation for people with vision loss less stressful.
Before leaving, it is a good idea to learn about the location and plan out some day trips to learn and get familiar with the transportation systems and culture in other countries. Many museums and art galleries have special tours for people who are blind or visually impaired where objects from the collection can be touched. These tours however, have to be booked in advanced so keep that in mind.
Traveling with a tour group is also a good idea for people who are visually impaired. With a tour group, everything is taken care of including transportation, accommodation, and sightseeing. There are tour companies that specialize in blind tours and the tour group leaders have some disability awareness training and can assist with specific needs.
If you are traveling by plane, it is a good idea to notify your travel agent at the time of booking about your disability and make sure the information is included in your flight booking. This will ensure that the airline is able to offer you pre-boarding, large type menus for meals and other services you may need. When booking your hotel, you should request captioned television services which many hotels provide.
With the OrCam MyEye and these simple tips, traveling this summer should be stress free.