The winter period brings a lot of pleasant days with it: enjoying holidays with family and friends, staying warm by the stove, playing in the snow, and enjoying the fresh air are just a few examples. Winter is a treacherous and more difficult period for blind and partially sighted people, especially in terms of mobility than summer. After all, it gets dark quickly and any fog, snow, and ice does not make it any easier to go outside. Due to aging, many elderly people have a visual impairment. They are less maneuverable and therefore fall more often during this period, for example, by walking on slippery, icy surfaces. Such impediments in navigation and moving around for the Visually impaired is usually made easier by Tactile Indicators Studs and Strip Systems
Tactile Stud System
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Even the most trained stick runner (user of a white stick) or guide dog user (user of a guide dog) has a hard time when snow falls or has fallen from the sky, or when it is slippery outside. A blind or partially sighted person usually orientates himself thanks to visual and/or tactile landmarks and guidance systems. And of course, he also uses his sense of hearing and smell to get around. However, the visual and/or tactile aspect is (largely) lost in the snow, ice, and/or sleet. For example, a visually impaired person orientates himself through color or texture changes in the sidewalk or looks for guiding lines to quickly get out of something.
Guide dog for the blind
This is also not easy for a guide dog. A blind or partially sighted owner can ask for a pedestrian crossing, but this is also not visible to the dog. With known crossings, the dog will in most cases stop approximately at the same place as the crosswalk, but it remains difficult. In addition, the guide dog sometimes loses its sense of smell due to very heavy snowfall.
If the visually impaired or blind person wants to go out alone, it is important that he draws up a plan of the location he wishes to reach and the journey he wants to make for it. Of course, he always does this in a different period, but especially in winter, it is important to check everything carefully. Train or bus cancellations or train disruptions are more frequent in snowy and icy weather. That is why it is essential to schedule sufficient time and lookup various possible routes. If it turns out that a particular train has been abolished on the way, it is always useful to be able to choose another option by bus or tram, for example. He plans the route well in advance and he also listens to the weather forecast. If it turns out that the route seems too difficult or dangerous for him, and no help is available, then the blind or visually impaired person still has enough time to cancel or reschedule the appointment.