|October 27, 2002|
I just learned yesterday that I could write you about my support for accessible
pedestrian signals and detectable warnings. I've been totally blind for 44
years, and I've had a guide dog for 40 of those years. I've had good mobility
and independence. However, I was in a city several years ago with accessible
pedestrian signals, and I found it so helpful. I felt safer and more secure
about my decisions to cross streets. I'm finding that cars are quieter these
days than they used to be, and sometimes intersections aren't the traditional
straight corners. So I find myself a bit more timid about crossing streets, so I
support accessible pedestrian signals and detectable warnings as a means to
improve my safety. I want to encourage you to do whatever you can to help those
of us who are sightless. I realize that some blind people don't feel they need
them, and perhaps they don't, but I do, and I know that there are others who do.
Thank you for considering my thoughts, interests and desires.
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