Things I Learned in Japan About Being Blind

Braille on a stair rail.

The large towns in Japan are very blind-friendly.

Share

5 Comments

  1. on September 8, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    The country as a whole is more blind-friendly than here. Did you see any of the raised, or textured sidewalk paths for the blind?

  2. on September 8, 2008 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Yeah. Those were very cool.

  3. Tombstone
    on September 8, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Well, it makes perfect sense.

    Any country that subject to random Godzilla attacks must provide methods for the impaired to quickly flee on their own, as everyone will be running in terror and unable to provide assistance due to abject terror.

  4. on September 9, 2008 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    What is very remarkable about Japan is that it has a long history of very nearly quarantining the handicapped. Only within the last ten years or so has the country really made public strides.

    When I first visited Japan in 1992 or so, the handicapped were still very much considered outcasts, and were not to be seen in society. About that time, things began to change somewhat, and good strides have been taken since then.

    A good article capturing the start of the shift was written in the NY Times in the mid-nineties:

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A03EFD71339F934A35757C0A960958260

  5. on September 9, 2008 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    Oh, and here’s one organization’s take on the past decade or so of progress in Japan:

    http://v1.dpi.org/lang-en/resources/details?page=714