Thursday, August 23, 2007

Bluffing the Blind

This week's appalling statistic comes from the National Commission for the Prevention of Discrimination, that 1 in every 4 Mexicans has a disability severe enough to "exclude them from everything." Okay, that's pretty vague, and we have no idea what it really means, but it seems that a quarter of the entire nation is either blind, deaf, wheelchair-bound, etc. Frankly, it's debatable whether deafness should really be considered a handicap in a country as noisy as this one, but I can see how it would make crossing the street difficult. We also haven't seen too many blind people in Queretaro, but possibly that's because they really are excluded from everything.

So the town is doing its part to bring our sightless brothers into the fold by posting these Braille street signs all around town. (This means that signs in Queretaro are now written in two languages we can't read.) Without Braille maps to go along with them they seem kind of useless, but we certainly applaud the gesture. Also, the power goes out a lot here, so we might actually be able to use them to find out way home at night. The biggest advantage, though, is that if any blind person ishould be crazy enough to try to navigate the sidewalks of Queretaro (pictured below), they'll now know exactly where they were when they fell down and broke their necks.

If Queretaro wants to get serious about helping blind folks, we've got one word for you: asphalt.


Anonymous said...

I am proud of this city! Queretaro is full of blind people, in the center there are a few schools for them, there they learn to walk in this harmless side walks.


Anonymous said...

The only school for blind kids, free, in the country is located in Queretaro