|October 17, 2002|
In both my private and professional life I work with people who are blind and visually impaired every day. As a low vision specialist for the state of Utah I see people daily who are experiencing recent decrease in sight. My husband has been blind since he was a small child, and I have low vision. I am certain all of the people with whom I work would agree that we need detectable warning signals at subway platforms, and anyplace where they would warn us of potential hazard. I understand there are those who oppose this simple solution to a very serious problem. However, now is the time to insure that not one more blind or visually impaired person is killed because he was brave enough to travel independently, but policy makers were not courageous enough to do the correct thing and take the steps to increase safety to all who choose to travel independently. Oh, yes, there are those who will climb Mount Everest and receive praise and honor. Let's don't let that prevent others from climbing subway platforms and traveling independently in their neighborhoods.
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