[tabi] Re: Braille signage-- demand and offer

  • From: "blindwilly" <blindwilly@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <brian.waterman@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:21:00 -0400


I have been in on this since the first, along with our TCB.   One thing I 
noticed is that for every one person that complained about the efforts, there 
were three that were positive.   We have a long way to go, but we have come a 
long way and farther than the mass majority of America.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Erica 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; brian.waterman@xxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:15 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Braille signage-- demand and offer

  I am going to make an offer and a demand for the folks subscribed to TABI.

  There has been some hugh and cry regarding a perceived lack of information 
about the process used to determine how/if Braille signage should be included 
in Starmetro's attempts to improve our bus service.
  Many venues for information are open to the general public, including-- 
perhaps most obviously-- the City's Press Releases, which can be accessed 
through Talgov.com. Lynn Evans has done a wonderful job of faithfully and 
timely posting these to TABI... so there should be no excuses here about not 
having access to that information in the past. (Lynn, I am in no way obligating 
you to continue this service... but I certainly want to publicly thank you for 
all you have done!)
  IF, however, you still are uninformed, AND WISH TO BE, please email me 
off-line and I will provide you with a list of information sources.
  If you choose not to get involved--
  do not make an effort to inform yourself, 
  cannot find it in your schedule to make your voice heard in a productive 
  please remain silent about such issues.

  Starmetro has done a wonderful job in their efforts to get Braille signage to 
little ol' Tallahassee! 
  There have been a few snags, yes, but every pioneer has faced such 
  Startmetro DOES NOT NEED TO HEAR whining and crying at this point about 
opportunities individuals missed to have their input heard, or about a "better 
way" to do something they have already completed. That is no way to show our 
gratitude for their efforts, not to mention the efforts of the citizens who 
were involved. Starmetro NEEDS to hear "Thank you!"
  IT IS DONE. IT HAS BEEN DONE AS WELL AS WE-- Starmetro staff and involved 
  And, NO, in case you are wondering, it was not just 3 or 4 local folks 
stabbing in the dark; Department of Transportation and other national standards 
were consulted. (Thank you to Lynda Jones!)
  If you don't use the bus, then you will never have to worry about your hand 
getting a cramp from reading sideways. 
  However, for those of us who do ride, this will be a HUGE help! I'm sure we 
are smart enough to read Braille "sideways", just as sightlings adapt to signs 
written vertically.
  Let's move forward with positive comments only. 
  just like Thumper's father told him, "If you can't say anything nice, don't 
say nothin' at all."


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