As you know, we are continually adding new Aira Access locations where blind and low-vision users can access Aira services for free. For an up-to-date listing of these networks and partners — including retail, airports and campuses — click below.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Becomes First Hospital to Offer Aira Services
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located in Somerville, NJ, is the first hospital in the nation to offer Aira services for blind and low-vision patients and visitors. The free services can guide users throughout the hospital and assist with other visual information tasks.
MTA — North America’s Largest Transportation Network — Joins Aira Acess!
In partnership with Aira Access, New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) has launched a three-month pilot to make Aira services available for free to blind and low-vision travelers at all 496 MTA subway stations and all 13K bus routes. Watch the video!
‘Where I’m Supposed to Be’: How Aira Agent Kyle Kozlowski Found His ‘Dream Job’
Writing in the recent issue of the Aira Newsletter, Kyle Kozlowski describes how he went against the grain to follow his own path, which led him to his “dream job” as an Aira Agent.
Aira and BlindSquare Partner to Solve for the Final Frustrating 50 Feet of a Journey
BlindSquare, one of the most popular GPS informational apps used by the blind community, has partnered with Aira to make accessing Aira Agents even easier. The app, integrated with Aira and available on iOS via the App Store, can auto-detect the 100’s of Aira free access areas, or contact an agent merely by saying, “Aira”.
Aira Access Comes to Vancouver International Airport
Aira expanded its commitment to making air travel easier for blind and low-vision passengers when it added Vancouver Airport (YVR) to its growing list of Access Airports, where such travelers gain access to Aira for free.
Aira Encourages Explorer Community to Join Dialogue Addressing Public Transportation Barriers
Aira Explorers are asked to provide their input in a month-long dialogue sponsored jointly by the Federal Transit Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy that seeks ideas on how to improve access to public transit for persons with disabilities. The exchange also offers the chance to express how Aira helps address such access issues.
Aira’s Paul Schroeder: Specialized Technology for the Blind and Disabled is Great, But is Much Too Expensive
While tech tools are essential to independence for those who are blind or disabled, it is often too expensive for this community to purchase. This is why Paul Schroeder, VP of Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives at Aira, is asking you to support legislation now before Congress called the The Access Technology Affordability Act.
Aira Browser-to-Browser Applications Earns Product of the Year Award From WebRTC
WebRTC, a global integrated media company, announced today that Aira is a recipient of the 2019 WebRTC Product of the Year Award, presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine and WebRTC World. The award honors solutions that support browser-to-browser applications for voice calling, video chat, and P2P file sharing without need of plug-ins.
Aira is a Winner in MIT’s Global Community-Driven Innovation Challenge
MIT’s renowned global Community-Driven Innovation Challenge focused on recognizing innovators who are improving social inclusion. In the challenge, Aira demonstrated (including via a live pitch by Anirudh Koul, Aira’s Director of AI & Research) how the company is significantly enhancing accessibility for the blind community –earning Aira honors as one of 8 MIT Team Solvers.