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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:25 PM
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Driver's ed for blind kids?
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0603...

Chicago Public Schools requires all sophomores to take the class and pass a written road-rules exam--a graduation requirement that affects about 30 blind and visually impaired students in specialized programs at Curie and Payton College Preparatory High.


"It defies logic to require blind students to take this course ... and waste their academic time," said Meta Minton, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education.

Chicago's public schools have no such exemption. That is something the Curie and Payton students are pushing to change, through an advocacy program at the Blind Service Association.

District officials said Thursday that they would be willing to consider a change in the policy and give students the opportunity to earn credits in another course.
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:31 PM
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1. Well shit we don't want any blind drivers on the road who don't know the
rules of the road, do we? Just sayin'.
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Mythsaje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:32 PM
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2. Hey, they can always drive by braille...
I wonder why no one considered how ridiculous this is at the beginning...
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samdogmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:35 PM
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3. This reminds me of the drive up cash machine at my bank that has
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 02:35 PM by samdogmom
braille instructions! My daughter and I always get a good chuckle as we imagine a driver needing the raised dots to complete the transaction.

I know ADA probably requires this, but come on it's a DRIVE UP machine!
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tjury Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:47 PM
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4. Maybe the braille instructions are for a blind passenger.
I used to work for NCR who makes ATM machines. When I first saw a drive-up ATM with braille instructions, I thought it was pretty strange. Then I was told that blind passengers often want to handle their own ATM transactions. So, it's a convenience, not just a federal requirement.

Regards.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:42 PM
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5. Hi tjury!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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