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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

 

Sendero GPS released in New Zealand

At Blind Week in New Zealand, Mike May presents Sendero GPS for New Zealand with Stevie Wonder
Mike May presenting Sendero GPS in New Zealand


Eight years since Sendero released the first accessible GPS, we are pleased to finally have street maps available in New Zealand, ironic since we began working with HumanWare with the BrailleNote in 2001. Better late than never.
Sendero, HumanWare and the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind celebrated this new form of independence in Auckland October 29. Over 100 people attended the reception where they had a chance to see and hear the accessible maps and to toast the collaborative efforts to bring this technology to New Zealand.
After comments from Mike May of Sendero, Maurice Sloane of HumanWare and Neil Jarvis from RNZFB, Stevie Wonder spoke about the importance of accessibility. He graciously talked and took pictures with attendees. At least two television stations were filming.

Comments:
Mike just wanted say, Wow. I have been blown away by you story. I am on page 227 (slow reader). What a beautiful place you are in. I went for walk tonight with my dog with my head down and my hat on. I could only see what is below my feet and it is "beautiful". My dog is old and is always behind me, tonight we walk and for some reason she was in front of me and i never looked up I just followed her home. Nice.

I hope this email fines you well.

Congrats big guy. you are very very inspirational to me.

All the best,

Bill Parker, Absecon, NJ
 
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