Thursday, October 26, 2017

Toronto’s Pearson Airport now supports assistive app for people with cognitive special needs

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has announced a partnership with MagnusCards, a free-to-download app that offers digital how-to guides (known as ‘Card Decks’) for people with autism and other cognitive special needs. Pearson says it’s the first airport in the world to work with MagnusCards to offer the assistive app. Developed by the Waterloo-based MagnusMode, the MagnusCards app offers assistive Card Decks for a variety of venues and brands, including CIBC banks and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Pearson visitors can download up to ten different Card Decks, each of which offering a personal step-by-step guide on how to navigate different parts of Canada’s largest airport. The Pearson Card Decks include tips on how to check-in to an airline, getting help or asking questions, going through US Customers and Border Protection and more. Card Decks are also offered in English and French and feature pictures, text and audio to help as many different users as possible.