October 25, 2002
I am writing to oppose the regulations recommended by the Access Board for blind
and visually impaired persons throughout the U.S. The tactile markings at curbs
and audible traffic signals are not needed, can be dangerous for blind persons
crossing streetts, and are absolutely prohibited costwise.
I am a blind person who has crossed streets and busy intersections independently
using a long white cane in many cities. I, as other blind persons do, use
audible cues from the flow of the traffic to cross streets and busy
intersections. The many sounds and tones of the audible traffic signals would be
very confusing and would interfere in ones listening for cues from the traffic
Please rethink your recommended regulations for blind and visually impaired
persons. Let blind persons cross streets and busy intersections as we always
have, and let others learn to do the same. Also, relieve cities and towns from
the mandate to install these unneeded audible traffic signalls which will also
be prohibited costwise.
Thank you in advance for rethinking your recommendations. Also, thank you for
deleting the audible traffic signals from the recommendations.