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Vision Loss Resources: Empowering All in Our Building with WayAround

A photo on the left shows a vertical WaySign on a glass door. The white WayAround symbol is at the top and a QR code is at the bottom. On the right is the the Vision Loss Resources logo with a blue eye illustration and the words Adapt, Connect, Thrive. The WayAround logo is at the bottom.

At Vision Loss Resources, we are committed to creating an inclusive and empowering environment for all our attendees. In our pursuit of ensuring equal access to knowledge and learning, we are excited to announce the integration of WayAround NFC tags into our building. This revolutionary accessibility tool enriches the experience of our visually impaired community, making navigation and engagement more seamless than ever before.

“WayAround gives our staff and our students, not to mention members of our community who visit us, a new technique to experience and use our facility. WayAround helps us create a more inclusive experience for everyone in our facility.”

— Matt Kramer, President and CEO of Vision Loss Resources

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User-Friendly Accessibility

With WayAround, accessing location-specific details within our building has never been more user-friendly. Our visually impaired attendees can now navigate our spaces confidently, thanks to the convenience of NFC tags placed strategically throughout the premises. From classrooms to common areas, attendees can effortlessly interact with WayAround tags using their smartphones. When a visitor scans a WayAround tag, they gain instant access to pertinent information and resources.

Experience WayAround at Vision Loss Resources. Note: you must use a mobile device with the WayAround app for this link to work.

“It is an awesome program. The amount of information and detail you can put into the app is amazing. You can clearly describe everything around you, and I am very optimistic about WayAround’s future.”

— Krista Doubek, visually impaired Instructor

Beyond Accessibility Standards

Blue A D A sign that says 116 Meeting room. Beneath the A D A sign is a black sign with a QR code and a white symbol that's a circle with two bumps at the 11 o'clock and 5 o'clock. The white symbol has a black NFC wayfinding symbol printed on top of it.At Vision Loss Resources, we take pride in going above and beyond accessibility standards. After all, we are an organization committed to assisting our clients with vision loss. We also believe all companies should consider their accessibility within their spaces.

WayAround not only meets but exceeds our commitment to ensuring that all our attendees can participate fully in our classes and activities. Our introduction to WayAround allowed us to optimize the features of these tags, catering to people who use screen readers, rely on low-vision resources, and utilize refreshable braille displays. Inclusivity should extend beyond compliance, and with WayAround, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible for our visually impaired community.

Empowering Learning

Education is a powerful tool that empowers individuals to reach their full potential. With WayAround tags in place, we are empowering our class attendees to navigate our building with confidence, enhancing their learning experience and fostering a sense of independence. Whether it’s locating a specific classroom, finding a resourceful area within the building, or accessing essential information, WayAround equips our attendees with the tools they need to engage fully in their learning journey.

“I found it to be a great way to get introduced to the building and get acclimated. I also know that it could be beneficial for apartments or houses, especially for identifying containers in your rooms.”

— James Almen, visually impaired Instructor

Vision Loss Resources is a nonprofit provider of training, classes, social activities and support groups for people with vision loss living in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Our mission is to create a world where everyone has equal access to knowledge, learning, and growth. The integration of WayAround NFC tags into our building aligns perfectly with our vision, providing our visually impaired attendees with an intuitive, user-friendly tool that enhances their experience in our classes and activities. We are proud to be at the forefront of inclusive technology adoption, and with WayAround, we are breaking barriers and opening doors to new possibilities for our community. I hope other businesses join us in embracing inclusivity and empowering all to reach their fullest potential in our journey of lifelong learning.

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