A large part of our community is made
up of disabled people. While being
a growing number they still have very little of the true power that
helps them improve their situation. We as a community need to assist
our sisters and brothers in their daily rigors and some have already
TV commercials have enhanced
the lives of the Hearing Impaired. Commercials tend to be at least
20% louder than normal programming, so even if Grandma can't hear
the signal from the Emergency Broadcast System, she can learn significant
information about the "one day sale," or particular brands
of soap. Without this vital information, many Hearing Impaired people
The Entertainment Industry
has also been active in its responsibility to the Hearing Impaired.
Everyone is guaranteed to enjoy music in any club, bar or restaurant
because the management or Sound Check Engineers have considerately
turned the volume so high that even the deafest of uncles can hear
every riff. Louder, really IS better.
Another way in which the Hearing Impaired are assisted is through
people that speak very
loudly. I've often noticed these unsung orators
and wanted to reward them in some way for their amazing talent at
projecting sound. Sometimes you hear them projecting on street corners
which also aids the Sight Impaired, by giving them a kind of sonar
The Vision Impaired have other allies as well. Businesses have
gone out of their way to make it easy for the Sight Impaired to
use the phone by making some catchy word out of their phone number.
A favorite of mine is Ben and Jerry's 1-800-222-LICK.
With this simplified system, the Vision Impaired need only memorize
the new sequence of letters on the phone pad rather than using those
pesky numbers. Who needs Braille?
Another advantage for the Sight Impaired is that every 90's gal
and guy is equipped with some kind of noise
making device. Cellphones, beepers, walkmans, and noisy
velcro all work to alert the Sight-Impaired of imminent peril. Everyone
beeping, ringing or braying provides a dual service for the Sight
Impaired. Not only are they made aware of the people surrounding
them, but also the type of people. So, the cacophany of beepers,
phones, jabbering, sirens, etc. is actually a boon to society.
Vision Impaired drivers are also very prevalent and we must find
ways to accomodate them. The Sight Impaired driver is fairly easy
to detect even without the symbol of the white cane. They usually
make right hand turns on you while you're in the crosswalk. You
can see the confusion cross their face while they consider slowing
down or trying to catch the light at the next intersection. Many
times there is a look that says, "How'd you get there?"
or "What's under my tire now?" a good way to assist these
drivers is to yell out, "Don't
It may be a struggle at first to incorporate these new ideas into
our lives, but for the good of society
we must at least try.