Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

Accessibility for persons who are blind

Much has been posted to this discussion on the barriers facing people with Electromagnetic Sensitivity.

These are serious issues and there needs to be a solution found. Unfortunately, my expertise lies in other areas thus, I'm not able to provide any suggestions.

Recognizing that Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a barrier, it must be recognized that persons who are blind realize tremendous benefits from mobile devices. Any policy framework that excludes these devices would further marginalize people who are blind, a population which stands to benefit from the promise of new transportation models.

The disability community has, from inception struggled with balancing the needs of one group against the barriers that doing so creates for others.

An example are the truncated domes at cut curbs. Visit www.clearingourpath.cahttp://www.clearingourpath.ca > 3.3.0-twsi_e.php for a better description. These provide tactile warnings for pedestrians who are blind but those who rely on mobility devices perceive these tactile surfaces as unnecessary barriers.

The solution is complicated because removing the tactile surfaces would place pedestrians who are blind at risk of walking into an intersection unknowingly. And, people who rely on mobility devices have their mobility impeded if they are unable to navigate over the tactile surfaces.

The solution lies in finding compromises which works for everyone; a very difficult process as compromise requires give and take on the part of everyone.

This is what will be needed as more and more Electromagnetic devices are deployed. As such, I would suggest that in addition to the numerous comments and articles being posted to this discussion, that possible solutions may aid the regulator in coming up with a system that does not further marginalize one group for the benefit of another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lui Greco
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
CNIB Foundation
www.cnib.cahttp://www.cnib.ca/ | www.clearingourpath.ca
Mobile/Office : (902) 403-7580
mailto:lui.greco@cnib.ca

 

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