In a recent interview with Dan Mason on Greatest Hits Radio, Belinda Yare, Hunts Blind President shed light on the crucial steps needed to improve public transport for individuals with sight loss. As a passionate advocate for the visually impaired, Belinda discussed the challenges faced by this community and emphasized the urgent need for enhanced accessibility in public transportation.
Belinda began by addressing the prevailing concerns within the visually impaired community, revealing that over three-quarters of individuals experience anxiety when it comes to traveling to unfamiliar places. This disconcerting statistic, based on research from the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), highlights the pressing need for comprehensive improvements in public transport services.
During the interview, Belinda elaborated on the issues that blind and partially sighted individuals encounter while utilizing public transportation, emphasizing aspects such as access and safety. These challenges are not only hindrances to independent travel but also contribute to a sense of unease among those with visual impairments.
Belinda proposed a multi-faceted approach to improve public transport accessibility. This includes the implementation of better training for transport staff to assist individuals with sight loss, the incorporation of user-friendly technologies, and enhancements in infrastructure to ensure safe and easy access for all passengers.
Belinda emphasized the importance of raising awareness about the challenges faced by individuals with sight loss. By sharing their experiences and advocating for change, the visually impaired community, alongside organizations like Hunts Blind, aims to create a more inclusive and accommodating public transport system.
Belinda’s insightful interview on Greatest Hits Radio serves as a rallying call for a more accessible and considerate public transport system. As President of Hunts Blind, Belinda continues to champion the rights and needs of the visually impaired, urging collaboration between advocacy groups, public transport operators, and the broader community to ensure a future where everyone can travel independently, safely, and with confidence.
You can read the full interview here.