Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 63.4 Fall 2018

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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13 VIDBE-Q Volume 63 Issue 4 PedPal: Connecting Pedestrians with Disabilities to Adaptive Signal Control for Safe Intersection Crossing Stephen F. Smith, Ph.D. Research Professor Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University sfs@cs.cmu.edu Transportation and mobility are crucial for living today. However, for people with disabilities (mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive), inadequate transportation can hinder them from living a full life. The work described in this article is part of a larger nationwide effort that aims at improving the mobility of travelers with disabilities through research, development, and implementation of transformative technologies, applications, or systems for people of all abilities to effectively plan their personal and independent travel. This research agenda focuses on the needs of three stakeholder groups: persons with disabilities, older adults, and veterans with disabilities. Background The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)'s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) is a joint USDOT initiative, co- led by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), with support from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), and other federal partners. The ATTRI Program is investing in innovation efforts to develop and implement transformative applications that improve

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