Braille Trail Eagle Scout Project
Judith Tunell Accessible Trail - Phoenix, Arizona
Tunell Trail - South Mountain
My name is Noah and my Eagle Project is located at South Mountain Park at the Judith Tunell Trail (at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center). The project was to adapt a barrier-free trail to make it accessible for blind/visually impaired to enjoy the outdoors without having to rely on someone to describe the area and read the signs for them.
The Trail is a one-mile loop made up of two seperate segments, an interpretive loop and a challange loop with interpretive signs.
I installed a unique guide system for the blind. This is a new technology application that uses Bluetooth for iPhones and Android devices. This technology is being introduced as a stand-alone application to describe, in a grid format, the surrounding area and features. It was released in March 2013 for indoor uses. This trail is the first outdoor application of its kind using this technology.
One of the unique pieces of the project is the petroglyph sign on the trail. I added a Braille marker with a raised version of the petroglyph seen on the sign and rocks. This was to help the blind see what it actually looks like. A picture of this can be found on the Photo page.
The Technology was donated to my project by SightCompass. Please visit them at www.sightcompass.com for more information about their product.
My project was nominated and won the 2014 City of Phoenix Disability Awareness and Recognition Award for Community Service.