Curb cuts have turned out to be a big blessing for many; for those in wheelchairs, moms with strollers, and delivery staff hurrying along with heavy parcels. However, for blind persons, it is the opposite.
Why is this? Because when we go tapping along with our canes we depend heavily on landmarks such as; ridges, bumps, and anything else that is raised or has a slight step down or sink to help us identify where we are. Many of these curb cuts do not help us because the sidewalks slope down into the street and if we are not careful then we can easily find ourselves in the middle of the street before we know what is going on. So often, I have heard others like myself complaining about this and I am not sure what the answer is. Curb cuts benefit more persons than they do not and as blind persons are often in the minority, then we have to find ways to deal with this.
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