|October 7, 2002|
hello. My name is Carlos Palomino, and I am a blind
student living in Phoenix Arizona and currently attending Arizona State
University. As a full-time college student and attending the U.S's fourth
largest University, I have to travel a lot in-and-around the campus and the
surrounding areas. It is a very well known fact that ASU's campus, and Phoenix
itself are not that easy to get around for, not only blind people, but for
everyone! One of the ways that travel is made a bit easier is the use of audible
signals where interacting/traveleing around vehicular traffic is necessary.
It is my belief that taing advantage of the audible signals is a good way for visually impaired and or blind people to take multimple sources of information when it comes to crossing streets or traveling around in general. I personally have never wanted to solely depend on drivers and their vehicles to cross a street. It is painfully obvious that most drivers wouldn't be too concerned with "that blind person trying to cross the street next to me", so he/she wouldn't know how exactly to assist any blind individual in crossing. It should be also painfully obvious that no blind person should have to nly depend on the sounds of vehicles going by as the only source available to travel.
These audible signals are very, very useful, and even more so living in one
of the country's top-two cities for red-light speeders. So I end by stating my
support for the PROWAC report and hope that those who plan on deminstrating
against such useful and necessary aids for truely independent persons will not
succeed in taking away one of the main tools available for the blind which help
us all be truely independent.
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