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VisAbility Experience Day

Author: Abby Lucas

1 Aug 2017

On Friday July 14, Transperth Education held a VisAbility Experience Day which allowed a group of 12 teenagers, with varying degrees of visual impairment, to experience our network in a safe and controlled environment.

To gain more confidence using our network, the teens were able to experience the layout of our vehicles, away from the general public and other distractions. The day involved the group working with their assistants to mind map an out-of-service bus and train, as well as learn what we have in place to assist people with visual impairment maintain their independence through the use of public transport.

The VisAbility Experience Day also included opportunities for the teenagers to meet our customer service staff, transit officers and bus drivers, to hear their firsthand experience in assisting people with a visual impairment to use public transport.

Feedback from the excursion was very positive with VisAbility youth support officer, Ryan, reporting the Transperth Education team did an "absolutely fantastic job".

"Transperth as a whole went above and beyond for our group, making the day a huge success."

Participants agreed that the day was really enjoyable, and made them feel more confident using public transport independently.

Student, Tegan, said “I will soon be catching public transport like a pro!”

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