A historical Philadelphia tour for the hearing empowered

    This month, the Independence Visitor Center has installed technology to help hearing-impaired people tour Independence Mall.

    Staff members can now speak to those with cochlear implants via a portable loop system. Visitors also can download a guided tour as a sign-language smart-phone app.

    There are many ways to experience historic Philadelphia without all five senses. Frederick Noessner is a blind actor with Historic Philadelphia who portrays an 18th century Colonial character. He explains how to navigate Independence Mall through its sound.

    Listen to his sound tour with the audio player above.

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