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Question #45223 posted on 05/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Most signs have braille printed below the written words. My question is, how do blind people even know that there is a sign there, with braille for them to read?

- endless mystery

A: Dear neverending story,

How do you find the signs? I'm willing to bet you look where you expect them to be. If the sign was on the ceiling, you'd probably miss it. Those signs are usually placed in standard positions, and blind people start by "looking" with their hands in those places, when the location is somewhere they'd expect Braille signs. Granted, some signs have Braille just for regulations and are in strange places, but blind people are more capable than most people give them credit for.

Another thing to remember is that many blind people who benefit from Braille are not completely blind. They may be able to navigate to the sign but be unable to read it without Braille.

And while we're at it, why do they put Braille on drive-thru ATMs? For one, it's easier to standardize the production, and two, it might be convenient for a blind person to use the ATM from the back seat of a friend's car or a taxi. This way werf doesn't have to divulge werf's PIN to anyone.

-=Optimus Prime=-