October 28, 2002
I am writing in regards to the current debate that has been taking place. I
strongly believe that audible signals are essential for a blind person's travel.
Although I am blind, I am also hard of hearing, making it difficult for me to
understand the traffic patterns. When an audible signal is present at a street
crossing, I am able to cross independently and safely.
Some argue that audible signals are not needed because blind people can be
trained to listen and understand traffic patterns. I agree that blind people can
indeed be trained to listen in understand traffic patterns however, living in a
big city where traffic patterns are not always reliable, can present a problem.
I believe that for the future of independent blind people, audible signals are
crucial to our safety and freedom.
Thank you for your time.