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North Lanarkshire Council adapts accessibility app for Strathclyde Country Park


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Early users of myEyes app in Strathclyde Country Park
Early users of myEyes app in Strathclyed Country Park
Image source: North Lanarkshire Council

North Lanarkshire Council has flagged up the availability of a new mobile app to help people with visual impairments and mobility difficulties around Strathclyde Country Park.

Its greenspace team has worked with iKi Technology and Self Energy on adapting the myEyes app for use on the park’s nature trail.

The app – which came from an idea by Portuguese neuroscientist Filipe Almeida Silva – has been developed by the companies to help disabled people move around locations such as parks, museums, shopping malls and airports.

It has been adapted to guide visitors along the nature trail, describing wildlife and features along the route, and can be used in a number of languages.

Convener of the environment and climate change committee at North Lanarkshire Council, Cllr Helen Loughran, said, "The project initiated at Strathclyde Park will contribute to transforming the experience for visually impaired individuals, enabling them to interact with and understand the natural world around them.

“We are delighted that this wonderful country park is being used to test such innovative technology with impressive and tangible community benefits.”

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