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Inclusive Fitness Equipment for People with a Visual Impairment

January 2018 Eric Harris and Freddie Gregory, Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) The design of fitness equipment used in many gyms is a barrier to visually impaired people taking part in exercise. This research, carried out by Rica with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust and Metro Blind Sport, investigates the development and provision of electronic fitness equipment for visually impaired users. There is a specific focus on the accessibility of screen based consoles, and the needs and experiences of users. Key Findings:  LED consoles that feature tactile buttons and a fixed display are moderately more accessible than...

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