|September 16, 2002|
Having reviewed this, I am disappointed in the inability to address the directionality issue. The current status of street indicators does not assist blind travelers and may minded confuse the travel since my experience is that it "directs" folks into the middle of rather than aligns them to the intersection. Of course, good travel training and practice by the teacher and student are the best remediation, in fact, the best way to address accessibility issues for the blind traveler.
The audio signals I do not support. Primarily, my rationale here is that they do not consistently allow for the "lead time" for the signal to translate into initiation of travel. These audio signals can also be confusing, and be taken falsely as a "go ahead" to travel and even minimize reliance on good travel skills.
The other means of modifying the curb cuts with physical marking or enhancement may be helpful but can be misleading to the traveler. The current physical cut, although problematic, is at least simple to deal with. No need to complicate it further.
To my mind, the best means to address this issue is good training and conversely good learning of how to travel in a myriad of situations, only one of which happens to be crossing of intersections.
My comments above do not necessarily represent the Texas commission for the Blind nor the Criss Cole Rehab Center or its staff. Thanks.
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