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Hyogo Prefecture city produces CD explaining how to use JR platform fences to visually impaired people

The City of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a CD teaching material to help the visually impaired learn about the platform fences installed at JR Akashi Station and other stations. The CD explains the procedure of walking through the station with a visually impaired person and getting on a train. It also includes an interview with a JR West employee and his impressions of the platform fence.

From The Kobe Shimbun

April 6 2021

AKASHI The City of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a CD teaching material to help the visually impaired learn about the platform fences installed at JR Akashi Station and other stations. The CD explains the procedure of walking through the station with a visually impaired person and getting on a train. It also includes an interview with a JR West employee and his impressions of the platform fence.

The CD material explains in a story-like format how to walk through the station, go up to the platform, and board the train. It also includes the sound of a chime indicating the location of the ticket gate and the music heard when the platform fence is raised and lowered. It also introduces Braille information boards in front of the station, toilets for everyone, and the types of trains that stop at JR Akashi Station. The entire film is 24 minutes long.

Two CDs are available at the Akashi Citizen’s Library (Papios Akashi, 4th floor), and several CDs are available at the Community and Lifelong Learning Section on the 4th floor of City Hall. In order to borrow them, you will need to show your ID and register to use the universal service. The section says, “We hope to help visually impaired people relieve their anxiety as much as possible. Tel: 078.918.5004

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