September 26, 2002
To Whom It May Concern:
I am blind, but I am also an American taxpayer! I am strongly opposed to
your June 17 proposed rules which would require that, to "help" the blind,
our government would require detectable warnings at every street corner or
accessible traffic signals at every traffic light.
What blind people need is high-quality training, not gadgets and gimmicks!
The enormous financial cost to the American taxpayer far outweighs any
supposed benefit to the blind. Trained blind people cross busy streets
"just as they are" every day, but an outraged American taxpayer won't be so
eager to hire them if this high cost is heaped upon them .
I don't think the blind needs audible signals to help us cross the street. I
think we need training to help us learn how to cross streets. With the
training I received at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, i can cross
streets without audible signals.