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Category: Disabilities/Challenges
Subject: How do blind people cross the street?
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I've seen blind people waiting at intersections to cross the street, but how do they know when to cross?
Posted:5/21/2007
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Jennifer G. , Maryville, TN, United States , Female
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Category: Disabilities/Challenges
Subject: Other senses compensate
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When someone goes blind (or is born blind), the other senses attempt to compensate for the lack of information that the eyes supply. For example, a blind person can "feel" a wall before they walk into it, whereas someone who is sighted but wearing a blindfold would probably walk right into it.

A blind person's sense of hearing is a lot more sensitive than the sighted. They listen for cars coming from the directions of the street they're trying to cross. Some intersections have bells that ring when it's safe to cross. Others have seeing eye dogs that know when to cross.
Posted:12/15/2007
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Shelly Strauss Rollison, New Alexandria, PA, United States , 49 , Female , New Age/Metaphysical , White/Caucasian , Bisexual , Minister, writer, activist, CNA, draftsman , 4 Years of College , Lower middle class
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Subject: blind people crossing street
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Some blind people listen for the traffic, and when they hear that no cars are coming, they cross.
Posted:10/5/2007
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Laurie , Boston, MA, United States , 56 , Female
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Subject: blind people cross street
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They listen to the traffic. When there's no traffic coming from the dangerous directions, cross. A sighted person can see a blind person at the crosswalk, and ask, 'Can I help you?' The blind person could say, 'Yes, may I take your arm and you can lead me across.'
Note: When assisting a blind person, DO NOT grab their elbow and push them forward. Rather, offer YOUR arm, and let them hold onto it, and walk slightly ahead of them, with you leading.
Posted:6/6/2007
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Laurie Brandt , Boston, MA, United States
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Subject: blind and crossing the street
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A lot of cities now have crossing lights with audible cues, and even where these don't exist, there are environmental cues, like a lot of cars stopping, or other people beginning to walk.
Posted:5/31/2007
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Ann , Kansas City, MO, United States , 40 , Female , Animist , White/Caucasian , Straight , Executive Assistant , 4 Years of College , Middle class
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