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A decade after the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the new Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81) marks a paradigm shift in our understanding of, and attitude towards disability. No longer do we view disability as a medical condition, or a circumstance to be alleviated through acts of charity or welfare programs, rather it is now seen as a social phenomenon that results from the interaction of a person with an environment that, through its design, denies that person the opportunity of full participation in society.


However, technology is emerging that will give low and no vision building users access to site specific information for interior navigation using their smart phone. This presentation provides overview of the current state of this technology and the protocols being developed to ensure a seamless interface and consistent experience for users, whatever building they may be trying to access anywhere in Canada.

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