[nfbwatlk] Read And Weep

Jedi loneblindjedi at samobile.net
Mon Mar 29 21:44:26 CDT 2010


Mike,

You're not too far off in my opinion. I think part of that comes from 
becoming more and more divorced from our history; fewer people know it 
well these days.

Respectfully,
Jedi


Original message:
> Gary:

> I agree with you. In fact, I'm somewhat worried that we (all of us) are
> slipping somewhat on our NFB philosophy in general. Specifically, I see
> all-too-many instances these days when more than a few of us want equality
> when that suits us and special treatment when *that* suits us. WE can't have
> it both ways: either we are equal (given training and opportunity) and take
> our lumps just like everyone else or we are not.

> I fear me greatly that I am crying in the wilderness.

> Mike

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mackenstadt, Gary" <Gary.Mackenstadt at ed.gov>
> To: "'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List'" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Monday, March 29, 2010 7:05 AM
> Subject: Re: [nfbwatlk] Read And Weep



>> After reading this, I wanted to throw up.  However, I am practical and
>> recognize that this battle was lost a while ago.  By the way, I know
>> someone who was hit by a car depending on an audible street signal.  Quite
>> frankly, I would be impressed if law enforcement would start giving
>> tickets to the numerous cars that run red lights in Seattle.  I guess
>> enough is enough.  I am not sure anymoore that a majority of
>> Federationists do not support audible street signals.

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nfbwatlk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
>> Behalf Of Mike Freeman
>> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 6:04 PM
>> To: NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List
>> Subject: [nfbwatlk] Read And Weep

>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Carl Jarvis
>> To: wcb-l at wcbinfo.org
>> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 3:49 PM
>> Subject: [Wcb-l] Press Release: Accessible Pedestrian Signal
>> ProgramReceivesStimulus Funds


>> Subject: Press Release: Accessible Pedestrian Signal Program Receives
>> Stimulus Funds


>> The following press release is forwarded to you by the DBTAC-Great Lakes
>> ADA Center (www.adagreatlakes.org) for your information:
>> PRESS RELEASE
>> Accessible Pedestrian Signal Program Receives Stimulus Funds San Francisco
>> (March 24, 2010)-The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
>> (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in San Francisco
>> including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that the City has
>> received federal stimulus funds that will equip five additional
>> intersections with Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS).

>> In the City 116 intersections have been equipped with the devices over the
>> past two and a half years, making San Francisco the national leader on
>> this important safety issue.

>> "The SFMTA remains committed to increasing access and mobility across the
>> City," said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. "We will
>> continue to work with our partners to provide greater accessibility for
>> all San Franciscans."

>> "San Francisco has a vibrant and diverse community of people with
>> disabilities who are able to live here independently," said Susan Mizner,
>> Executive Director, Mayor's Office on Disability. "Features such as the
>> APS expand the range of their independence, enriching their lives as well
>> as the culture of the City."

>> San Francisco's APS program is the gold standard that other municipalities
>> are emulating. The success of the program is based in large part on the
>> unwavering commitment of the California Council of the Blind, the
>> LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the SFMTA.
>> Collaboration between these organizations has turned San Francisco into
>> one of the most visitable cities in the country for individuals who are
>> blind. - Jessie Lorenz, Associate Director of the Independent Living
>> Resource Center San Francisco

>> The APS installed by the SFMTA meet new federal guidelines issued in
>> December. The state of the art signaling devices assist pedestrians with
>> visual impairments by emitting a rapid ticking sound in tandem with the
>> familiar WALK symbol displayed for sighted pedestrians. Other
>> accessibility features include locator tones to help those with visual
>> impairments find the devices, vibrating push buttons during the walk phase
>> and audible information such as street names when pedestrians press the
>> push buttons for one second or longer.

>> "The audible and tactile information conveyed by the APS has helped
>> eliminate my fear of crossing intersections in San Francisco," said David
>> Jackson, a blind, 30-year resident of San Francisco and a Board member of
>> the California Council of the Blind.

>> San Francisco's APS program also includes a detailed checklist for
>> prioritizing requests for APS and a carefully monitored maintenance
>> program. Members of the public can request that the signals be installed
>> by either visiting 311.org or calling 311.

>> The SFMTA's successful APS program grew out of a cooperative effort
>> between blind advocates from the California Council of the Blind, the
>> LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Independent Living
>> Resource Center San Francisco. The SFMTA and the California Council of the
>> Blind reached a landmark settlement on the issue in 2007. The SFMTA
>> continues to pursue opportunities to expand the APS program. The original
>> agreement included at least 80 intersections. Going forward the SFMTA will
>> continue to work with the community to expand the use of APS.

>> ###

>> Established by voter proposition in 1999, the SFMTA, a department of the
>> City and County of San Francisco, oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni),
>> parking and traffic and taxis. With five modes of transit, Muni has
>> approximately 700,000 passenger boardings each day. Over 35,000 extra
>> vehicles enter San Francisco on any given business day, and rely on the
>> SFMTA to keep the flow of cars, transit vehicles, taxis, delivery trucks,
>> pedestrians and bicycles moving smoothly through the streets.

>> Media Contacts
>> SFMTA Contact
>> Judson True
>> judson.true at sfmta.com

>> Contact for blind community organizations Jessie Lorenz
>> 510-388-3903
>> jessie at ilrcsf.org

>> Linda Porelle
>> 1-415-431-1481
>> lporelle at lighthouse-sf.org






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