About 320,000 individuals of the Dutch population live with visual impairments. Despite this, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the railway operator in the Netherlands, created a railway network that is accessible to the visually impaired. Going beyond platform bumps and Braille signage, the system features an assisted end-to-pathway with tactile and digital aids linking all stops into one fluid chain. Travels assistant services are also available. “In the Netherlands, the emphasis is on independence,” says Rik Wouters, a 51-year-old who developed an eye disease in his twenties. “If you can be independent, that’s the best thing.”

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