[Irl-dean] Use of GPS systems by vision-impaired users? Location information

Eoin Campbell ecampbell at xmlw.ie
Mon Dec 11 17:11:54 GMT 2006

Gerry Ellis recently mentioned to me that he uses a handheld GPS system to
help him get around, and I also had to provide directions to a government
office for another person with a visual disability.

Does anyone know if many visually-disabled people use a standard GPS system?
They are now widely advertised by Dixons, etc.
Are there any reviews of TomTom, etc. from the perspective of a 

I found reviews of special GPS systems on the RNIB website at
but these systems are quite expensive.

So to come to the point, when providing location information to an office,
should GPS co-ordinates be included as well?

On a more general point, what information should be provided on a good
location page? My suggestion (in no particular order) is:
a. Street address
b. Public transport options (bus routes, nearest stop, etc.)
    (Should a stage/stop number be included? Does this info help anyone?)
c. Car/taxi details (free/pay parking options, disablied parking 
facilities, etc.)
d. How to get there on foot, including nearby landmarks, etc.
    (Should distances be included, e.g. distance from nearest bus-stop, 
e. Opening hours
f. Wheelchair accessibility

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