Braille Embosser Unveiled in Orangeville

2010-10-21 / Local News
By LINDSEY PAPP Staff Reporter

Two senior officials of the Ontario Ministry of Community Service’s Accessibility Directorate were in Orangeville Tuesday for the unveiling of the Braille
embosser purchased by the Town.

Alfred Spencer, Director of Outreach and Compliance with the Accessibility Directorate, and Ellen Waxman, the directorate’s Assistant Deputy Minister, were also shown the accessibility initiatives that the Town’s Accessibility Committee has been responsible for in the past few years.

The embosser was purchased to further enhance accessibility for the town’s residents. The “Juliet Pro 60” is a Braille embosser, which uses software to
translate ordinary language into Braille.

The machine is able to scale different Braille sizes and has automatic speech feedback. It has a 40-character-wide embossing line and 60 characters per
second speed.

The embosser was purchased by the Accessibility Committee for $9,000, as budgeted, from Frontier Computing, a Canadian distributor of assistive technology.

Mr, Spencer commented that Orangeville has really demonstrated that a community working together can achieve accessibility for the whole community.

The rest of the tour included visits to Town Hall, downtown, the Alder Street Recreation Centre, and Tony Rose Memorial Sports Centre to see the initiatives taken. These accessibility enhancements include a Text Teletypewriter (TTY) phone system, Mobi-mats, lowered counter heights, hearing assist devices, a portable suitcase ramp, an accessible picnic table, altered grading on pathways, voice announcer and tactile panels in elevators, accessible washrooms, a water wheelchair, power doors, accessible playground equipment and splash pad, the Accessibly Pedestrian Signals (APS) system at Broadway and First Street and specially designed life jackets for persons with disabilities.

“We are really excited about this investment in accessibility,” said Councilor Gail Campbell, chair of the Orangeville Accessibility Committee. She said
she believes the Town is the only municipality in this area that has purchased a Braille embosser. “It’s yet another step to make municipal information
more accessible to everyone and this means another barrier has been reduced,” she said.

The embosser will be made available to the libraries, recreation centres, the County of Dufferin or Humber College if they have a need to create Braille

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