2018 Special Olympics USA Games and Aira Partner to Enhance Accessibility at Games

Special Olympics USA Games Seattle 2018 logo and Aira logo

The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games and Aira have forged a partnership with the goal of enhancing accessibility for spectators attending this year’s games in Seattle. From July 1 through to July 6, Aira will provide free Aira Access at all venues hosting the USA Games.

This means that any person who is blind or low vision will be able to use Aira’s service via smartphone for free all week to enhance how they explore, engage, and experience the 2018 USA Games.

Local leaders and the general public are encouraged to visit the Sustainability Booth in the Fan Zone at Husky Stadium North Plaza where Aira will be demonstrating its technology and services Monday, July 2nd.

Throughout the week, people who are blind or low vision can download the Aira app and use it to connect to a remotely-located, sighted agent dedicated to providing access to objective visual information. Agents can provide detailed descriptions of surroundings and activities, including all the action of the games, as well as select events taking place in and around the city.

On request, Aira agents can also access websites, digital maps, rideshare apps, and other helpful resources on your behalf at the click of a button.

How to Use Aira During the 2018 USA Games

To take advantage of Aira Access at the 2018 USA Games, follow these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1 – Download the free Aira app. You can either search for Aira by Aira Tech Corp on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or you can use this link: aira.io/app

Step 2  –  In the Aira app, choose “Tap to use Aira as a Guest for FREE!”

Step 3  – Enter your email address and phone number, then tap on “Sign Up as a Guest”.

Step 4  – Open the app and allow notifications when prompted. This way we can notify you whenever you have entered an Aira Access Location.

Step 5  – Use Aira for free in Aira Access Locations to enhance your experiences at the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games.

Here are some pro-tips for success:

  • There is no cost to you, all calls are free so long as you are in an Aira Access Location.
  • This is a smartphone-only experience, glasses are not provided.
  • A wired or wireless headset is highly recommended.
  • Aira Access will be available at all venues at the 2018 Special Olympic USA Games from Sunday, July 1 to Friday, July 6.
  • Existing Explorers are automatically covered.
  • Questions? Send an email to jack.loop@aira.io

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