Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Inclusive Signage


I was struck by the inclusive nature of this sign outside the Toronto Courthouse on University Ave. I guess I never thought about the idea that Braille would be different in English and French (our 2 official languages) until I saw it here. What really impressed me was that the diagram, showing where every tree, step, building or obstacle in the area is located, has all 3-D patterning that can be easily deciphered by everyone!
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18 comments:

LĂșcia said...

Very interesting post RedPat!
I didn't know either, I had no idea Braile would be different according to the language.

EG Wow said...

I wonder if I would have noticed all that YOU noticed about this sign. I really, REALLY need to pay more attention!

Montreal Photo Daily said...

Never knew that either! I must check if we have similar signs in Montreal. Thanks for the eye-opener.
Have a great day Redpat!

Scrappy Grams said...

great sign, great details!

Postcardy said...

I think the only signs I have seen here with Braille are restroom door signs.

ewok1993 said...

now that is taking the signage to the max. great job toronto.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I suppose that two Brailles is logical when you stop to think of it, but I never would have! I wonder if the diagram would keep even me from getting lost (with a poor sense of direction, I get a lot of exercise wandering around building complexes until I stumble on where I wanted to go).

Lesley said...

what a great idea. now there is absolutely no excuse for missing a court date ;)

aka Penelope said...

How great that such a map is available in Braille. Even people with perfect vision would find this useful. This single diagram transcends language. :)

Genie said...

I never even though about it....but guess I should have. It certainly makes sense. I am impressed that you took it all in like you did. So interesting. Love the post because it taught me something that I really should have known. Genie

Joy said...

Marvellous sign of orientation that anyone can follow. Would be nice if there were more of these.

Regina K said...

Great great sign. A big step forward for the rights of the blind.

Pat said...

That sign truly has it all! I guess I didn't think about Braille being different either, but I know that sign language is different in other languages, so it makes sense, I guess!

Randy said...

That is really great that they include everyone.

Kim, USA said...

By that hubby would not get lost ^_^ Happy Thursday!

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Jack said...

A most informative post today, Redpat. I never thought about it, but it does make sense that different languages would be translated differently into Braille.

Luna Miranda said...

wow, this is impressive! i wonder if we would ever have signs in Braille here. great find.

Sharon said...

Excellent observation!