Harry C. Gawith
|October 23, 2002|
For we11 over a dozen years I worked as a wood shop instructor in the adult blind program here in Idaho. I was in a position to observe first-hand the method of mobility training used and the progress made BY students. They not only successfully crossed streets with stop signs and traffic lights, but learned to cross streets with uncontrolled traffic.
We took trips to other cities where, in a few cases, there were audible signals. The students generally found them confusing and annoying.
As a tax paying citizen I believe monies could be far better spent in providing excellent training to the blind as a class. In our state we are having lay-offs because of the poor economy. This does not seem to me to be a reasonable time to spend billions of dollars on such a questionable project. And, though I am sighted and drive a car most of the time, I am aware that there is a great need for more buses, better bus service and much road repair. Put the tax dollars where they are the most needed. If any audible signals are installed they should be put in only at unusual intersections and then after consultation with the organized blind.
HARRY C. GAWITH
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