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Shanghai University Opens Assistive Technology Center

Braille display

Shanghai Normal University has become the city’s first higher education institution to introduce an Assistive Technology study center for students who are blind or have low vision.

The center is equipped with accessible materials and assistive technology such as Braille textbooks, a refreshable Braille display, and a Braille embosser — all of which allow students who are blind or have low vision to read, learn and print documents in Braille, according to the report.

The university has also added tactile sidewalk paths, Braille buttons on elevators, and Braille signs outside rooms to make its facilities more accessible to all.

Shanghai Normal is one of the few universities that accommodates students who are blind or have low vision in China. The school inaugurated its Assistive Technology study center ahead of China’s National Day for Helping the Disabled.