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The RLSB Choir

original article on rlsb.org.uk

The RSLB are incredibly excited to announce the launch of our brand new choir and music project, featuring a three day workshop with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Come along and get involved! If you love music, singing and performing, this is definitely for you. Whether you’re a total beginner or a pro, everybody is welcome.

More of a musical magician than a singer?

This music project goes beyond singing, it has something for everyone. Do you play an instrument, dance, rap, beatbox, write songs, produce your own music? Come along and see what you can bring to the mix.

Are you are interested in sound engineering or documentary filming? Come and get involved, the RLSB Choir needs you too.

What will you be working towards?

Be part of our journey working towards putting on the most epic RLSB Christmas Concert performance. You’ll play a major role in composing, writing and performing a brand new original song, which will be the star attraction of this year’s concert.

In addition to this you’ll get the chance to work with some music legends – the sessions are led by our fantastic choir master and professional singer Victoria (who is vision impaired herself) and Mohammed our sound engineer and producer.

On top of this you’ll get to take part in a three day project run by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, including the chance to perform with them.

When and where do you meet?

The RLSB Choir meets twice a month in East London and is open to anyone that is vision impaired between the ages of 11 – 25.

How do I sign up to take part?

If you want to make new friends that share your passion, or develop your skills by learning from the experts, then get in touch today.

Joining the choir is totally free and there are no auditions to get in. Everybody is welcome whether a beginner or a pro.

Give the RSLB a call on 0203 198 0225


Wayfindr guides VI through Euston Tube St

wayfindr guides participants through Euston Tube station

What if vision impaired people could navigate independently using their smartphones?

Original article on RLSB website

Our latest trial guides participants through Euston Tube station, giving audio directions from a prototype smartphone app that interacts with beacons installed throughout the station.

To tackle the challenge of independent travel for vision impaired people, Wayfindr is setting the standard for audio navigation using your smartphone. We are working so that wherever you are in the world, indoors or outdoors, you can navigate independently.

Watch the video

The Wayfindr Story

In March 2014 the RLSB Youth Forum released England’s first ever manifesto for vision impaired young people. It represents the views of vision impaired young people, to bring the community together and make changes that will improve life for future generations. One of the key issues highlighted in the manifesto is transport:

“Just like many young people our age, particularly in London, we rely on public transport to get around, to see our friends, get to college and to work. Unlike our sighted peers we cannot learn to drive; we have no choice but to rely on public transport and other people to get around.”

Watch RLSB’s Youth Forum’s video on transport

ustwo worked with members of the Youth Forum to imagine technology-enabled ways to make independent travel more feasible. Following journeys by the ustwo team on the London Underground under conditions of simulated limited sight, and the rapid prototyping and testing of potential solutions with Youth Forum members, a working prototype of Wayfindr was created.

The Wayfindr Standard

The more we explored the world of navigation apps, the more it became clear that what was needed was a consistent standard to be implemented across wayfinding systems. This will open up a world where vision impaired people are no longer held back by their sight loss. To make this a reality, in September 2015 we launched Wayfindr, a new nonprofit venture alongside the ustwo to create the first Open Standard for Audio-based Wayfinding.

The Wayfindr Standard consists of guidelines on how to best integrate Wayfindr in your built environment or digital navigation service, built on a foundation of rigorous user research. Wayfindr creates an experience for vision impaired people that is consistent, seamless and reliable, empowering them to move independently through their environment. Read more on www.wayfindr.net.

Wayfindr began trialling a complex installation in London’s Euston Station in November 2015, investigating how the system could work across a large station both for vision impaired people and the station operators. Read more about the London Underground trial.

Wayfindr: The Next Steps

In December 2015 Google.org supported Wayfindr through the Global Impact Challenge: Disabilities. RLSB recieved a $1m grant towards the Wayfindr project, which will allow Wayfindr to set the open standard. The first release of the Wayfindr Standard, for underground and rail stations, is set to launch early 2016.

Want to get in touch about this? Contact Wayfindr’s Katherine Payne at katherine@wayfindr.net or call 020 7808 6178.‬‬