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Guide dog owner and former Guide Dogs Trustee Amos Miller inspires at #TEDxGlasgow

28 Jul 2015

Guide dog owner and former Guide Dogs Trustee, Amos Miller, captivated an audience of 600 guests at #TEDxGlasgow last month, as he talked about the importance of making our urban areas inclusive and accessible for everyone. His speech is now available to view at http://youtu.be/sg4o7fDbBiM.

Amos Miller

During his speech Amos highlighted the ground-breaking Cities Unlocked project, a collaboration between Guide Dogs and Microsoft, which is exploring ways to make it easier for people living with sight loss to get out and about in towns and cities.

Talking about his personal experiences and the importance of marrying building, retail and transport infrastructure design with improvements to services, to create inclusive towns and cities, he called on everyone who is responsible for town and city development to “start with individuals” to create inclusive urban environments.

He also talked about the exciting potential of the new application of directional soundscape technology that is being developed by Microsoft as part of Cities Unlocked programme.  Commenting on the real time information provided by the technology, Amos said: “There is more to the journey than orientation and way finding, the addition of contextual information such as shops, points of interest, and additional journey details can really enhance the trip experience."

Today, almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this is predicted to double, reaching four million by 2050.  Guide Dogs believes that the Cities Unlocked project has shown that the right technology, working alongside other mobility aids, has the potential to help people living with sight loss live the life they choose.

#TEDxGlasgow is a knowledge-sharing platform, a place where curiosity is the glue that binds people together and inspires change. It is an independently organised, volunteer-run, non-profit organisation, building on the TED culture of global innovation, creativity and collaboration.