October 28, 2002
Dear Acccess Board.
I am writing to voice my opposition to the mandated installation of audible
traffic signals and truncated domes.
From my perspective as a visually impaired individual and my interaction with
other blind and visually impaired individuals, I see very little benefit in
installing audible traffic signals. A person having basic mobility skills has no
problem determining when it is safe to cross a street.
In addition audible traffic signals can often be more confusing thatn helpful,
especially in congested city areas where there are echos or where it is too
noisey to accurately determine when it is safe to cross.
I feel that the tens of thousands of dollars used to create these particular
accomodations would be much better used in providing more oreientation and
I am four-square behind efforts to aid individualls who have disabilities to
compete with their non-disabled counterparts, but given limited resources I
think that these investments should be strategically targeted toward helping
people maintain their dignity and independence.
Whatever your decision in this matter, I applaud your efforts in this regard and
sincerely hope that you continue to consider the opinion of those you server as
you move forward in your important work.