Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Will Miss #172 - access for the blind

What Japan lacks in services for the handicapped (Won't Miss #167), it makes up for in accommodation of the blind. Since I first arrived in Japan, I have noticed that there are bumpy yellow dots at stopping points at crosswalks and on train platforms so the blind can feel where to stand. I've also noticed that braille is used in many places. What is more, Japanese money is designed to be easy for blind people to use. There are little bumps on paper money and each bill is a slightly different size. Coins are also varied in size and some have holes and others are solid.

My mother is blind, and I appreciate seeing the attention put into making life easier for the blind.