Update: Access for Sight Impaired Consumers Board Backs Human Rights Complaint

Posted to site August 23, 2010

For those who have been closely following and in some cases, contributing valuable information that assisted us with our human rights complaint regarding accessible pedestrian signals, we are pleased to announce that the hearing will not proceed on August 23 2010 inasmuch as the parties have agreed to work together on the issues raised in the complaint.

Following two separate on-site demonstrations of proposed APS devices, one installed at a controlled intersection which included audio street identification messaging and the second installation at a “special” crosswalk which included audio street identification with a verbal crossing message, we have agreed to a minimum of five evaluation sites to gather pedestrian opinions over a short period regarding some final issues that require fine tuning:

  • Content of street identification message (just the name of street to be crossed or names of both intersecting streets?)
  • rate of acoustic or pole locator tone (30 or 60 repetitions/minute?)
  • Volume on Demand feature (wherein a pedestrian can increase the volume of all messages and tones for a single crossing.)

Other accessible pedestrian signal features will be included such as:

  • All tones and messages will be responsive to ambient sound
  • Confirmation delivered through a audio tone and a visual LED
  • Standard “cuckoo” and “chirp” WALK indication tones
  • Vibro-tactile WALK indication
  • Audio street identification delivered with normal press of the push button
  • Elimination of pole-mounted speaker – all messages and tones will emanate from the push button assembly
  • Street identification will also be available in Braille and tactile lettering just above the push button assembly

“special” crosswalk APS will include:

  • All tones and messages will be responsive to ambient sound
  • Audio street identification will precede verbal WALK message
  • WALK indication will be a verbal message (final content to be determined.) Sample can be heard by clicking on the “verbal crossing message” link at: http://www.asic.bc.cx/releases/AccessiblePedestrianSignals/ModelX.shtml
  • Elimination of pole-mounted speaker – all messages and tones will emanate from the push button assembly
  • Street identification will also be available in Braille and tactile lettering just above the push button assembly

We will be providing additional detail on our web site in the days ahead including an opportunity for all to participate in the evaluation questions. In the interim, the above information details, in part, the settlement that we have reached.

Additional information will be included on CBC’s Radio’s Early Edition in Vancouver on Monday August 23 at approximately 6:50 AM. Listen at: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/

We wish to publicly thank Nitya Iyer of Heenan Blakey for her leadership and wise legal counsel throughout this matter. She has assisted us greatly in establishing a foundation for a collaborative working relationship with the City of Richmond as we move forward.

Regards,
Rob Sleath
Chair, ASIC
www.asic.bc.cx

See original at http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/?p=1623