Helping people with low vision or blindness to explore Jells Park

Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Parks Victoria has worked with Guide Dogs Victoria to add Jells Park to the growing list of destinations across Melbourne in the BlindSquare app for people with low vision or blindness. 

This innovative app helps people with low vision or blindness to access information about their surroundings without having to rely on visual signage. Using the BlindSquare app, visitors can easily orient themselves in Jells Parks and find out what facilities are nearby. 

As they explore the park using the app, they receive voice descriptions in English, or one of 24 other languages, about their location. It also assists with wayfinding to points of interest like walks, picnic areas, barbeques and public toilets. 

Parks Victoria is looking forward to working with Guide Dogs Victoria to add more parks and reserves to the BlindSquare app in the coming months so more people can explore Victoria’s beautiful great outdoors with confidence and independence. 

Jells Park is the first Victorian park to be added to the app and it joins a range of destinations right across the city including Melbourne Zoo, Bourke Street Mall and all the train stations in the City Loop. A free version of the BlindSquare app is available and is called BlindSquare Event.

To learn more about how the app works, visit the BlindSquare website or visit the Guide Dogs Victoria website or call Guide Dogs Victoria on 1800 804 805.

A woman wearing a face mask walking with an assistance dog, holding her mobile phone, in front of a sign that says .Pines Picnic Area.

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