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Interview with Dr. Fredric Schroeder about Curbs

The impact of curbs on falls as they effect blind people.

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I interviewed Dr. Fredric Schroeder, president of the National Blind Association. He stated that three big fears exist for the blind population:
1) When people walk behind them instead of in front of them
2) Objects at eye level
3) Changes in elevation, specifically curbs.

Curbs are especially dangerous to the blind as their cane is not always able to detect those changes in elevation. The majority of the blind population is elderly and if they fall due to not detecting curbs it can cause a fall. 

People with bifocals or deteriorating vision also have trouble seeing curbs.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Curb detection is vital to preventing falls.

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I'm a high schooler who has learned a lot about design and entrepreneurship. I have many technical skills to help me develop products.

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Hi Srijay!

Thank you for sharing your interview with us. Would you focus on ideas that change the curbs from a physical design/software perspective or increase awareness of the curbs and how to navigate them?