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See the Vision: Improved Way-Finding
Access in Broward County Parks
By Mary Palacios, CTRS, CPRP, and Michael Mills
W
hen visitors come to a Broward County park in South
Florida, what do they hope to see, do and enjoy? Maybe
they're there to enjoy one of the many amenities, including
horse stables, campgrounds, playgrounds, pavilions,
natural areas and much more. Broward County's park system, established
in 1956, has grown to encompass almost 6,500 acres, with nearly 50 regional
parks and nature centers, neighborhood parks and natural areas
at various stages of development. Broward County Parks and Recreation
Division is dedicated to making its facilities, programs and resources relevant,
diverse, attractive and accessible.
Close your eyes and imagine
needing to find your way to one
of the amenities - to a restroom,
campsite or social gathering place
- or to physically distance while
maneuvering through a crowded
space on your way to a shelter,
field or park office with limited
or no vision. Broward County
Parks is the first county park and
recreation system in the state of
Florida to provide its patrons with
Aira, a way-finding app that gives
individuals who are blind or have
low vision with real-time access to
trained agents who can help them
navigate through our parks.
The service was introduced in
July 2021 through the parks division's
Special Populations Section,
which regularly partners with local
organizations that provide services
to individuals who are blind or have
low vision. Aira is another way to
demonstrate the agency's commitment
to serving park visitors with
disabilities of all kinds.
Here's how Aira works: The free
app can be downloaded at aira.
io/app. (Assistance is available
by phone at 1.800.835.1934 or via
email at support@aira.io.) Upon entering
one of our parks, a patron engages
the app, which connects them
to an Aira agent, each of whom
have extensive training in working
with people who are blind or have
low vision. The agent interacts with
the patron in real time, providing up
to 30 minutes of assistance per day
to help locate specific facilities, read
signage and provide general navigation.
So far, the feedback from program
participants has been positive
and enthusiastic.
With the addition of Aira, BroBroward
County Parks is the first county park
and recreation system in the state of Florida
to provide its patrons with Aira, a way-finding
app that gives individuals who are blind
or have low vision with real-time access to
trained agents who can help them navigate.
ward County Parks can enhance the
quality of life for park visitors who
are blind or have low vision. Not
only will they have greater independence,
but also they'll be safer and
more aware of their surroundings,
which will increase their enjoyment
of the many experiences that our
parks have to offer.
Mary Palacios, CTRS, CPRP, is Special Populations Manager
at Broward County Parks and Recreation (mpalacios@broward.
org). Michael Mills is " The Parks Wordsmith " and has 20
years of experience in parks and recreation.
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