In most cities in Japan you will find braille block--raised yellow textures on the sidewalks and in most public buildings meant to guide blind people. The raised areas change from long grooves to raised dots at crosswalks to indicate a stop. Lights at crosswalks emit a chirping noise when the light is green and it is all right to walk. Similar sounds are sometimes used by the stairs leading down to the subways and train stations to indicate that one is arriving on a platform. There is a sound for an arriving train as well as an audio announcement.

Wheelchair accessibility in Japan is still a relatively recent development but most of the major train stations provide for those who are physically challenged. All of the ticket gates have one wide gate for wheelchairs to fit through and most of the stations have elevators. There are no permanent ramp structures on the platforms themselves but the station can be called ahead of time so that assistance in boarding the train can be provided. However, in some of the smaller stations, elevators may not be quite as available and the toilets can be a problem for disability. Some of the stations may only provide non-wheelchair-friendly squat toilets.

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Braille block


Disability Support at JCMU

The center itself is highly wheelchair accessible. Both the academic building housing the classrooms and the resident building have wheelchair ramps at their entrances. Even Coco's, the on campus restaurant attached to the academic building, has a ramp. Inside both buildings are elevators leading to the class rooms and dorm rooms respectively.

The center also uses braille block on the sidewalks surrounding the building and on the first floor of the academic building. However, at JCMU student transportation depends nearly entirely on biking.