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Orientation and Mobility Specialist and Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Member of the Environmental Access Committee
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually
the Ohio State University
Northern Illinois University
"Just like the story of Hansel and Gretel, we went out in the park and laid down electronic breadcrumbs," Phillips said.
"The device picks up those breadcrumbs and announces that information as you walk by on the trail.
For example, as you walk by Fox Creek, the device will tell you that this is Fox Creek, what kind of stream it is, that these streams are mostly fed by springs, how many springs are on the property, et cetera."
Those working on the project visited each point where the electronic breadcrumbs are located, recorded the latitude and longitude, and attached information about the site to the spot on a map, Phillips said.
The device makes it possible for a person without sight to walk the preserve's trails without a sighted guide.
"It's the information a sighted person might find if they took out the brochure and read about that spot on the trail," Phillips said.
Contacts - Kansas State School for the Blind
Leadership at Lawrence Street Chapel
Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin LLP