Loud voice on the public address system @ 135st subway station "there is no number 2 train going to the Bronx, there's been an accident at 42nd street, to get to the Bronx go upstairs and take the bus to 149th and catch the 5 or 6 to the Bronx"
I felt a slight tap on my should a gentleman well dressed, asked what was that?, I'm partially deaf and i think I heard some noise over the speakers...I carefully relayed the sad message to him and we all headed out.
Waiting for the elevator at a Manhattan hospital " will the owner of a grey BMW number .....come and remove your car from the ED entrance"
A tall lady about 6ft, came over and asked me what the static she heard meant...I explained to her what was said. She then told me that she was deaf...so I had to use the little ASL that i knew to convey my message...I guess she got the message.
I did a little investigative snooping , went to several hospitals in the Manhattan area, public libraries, and I noticed a common trend. The building planners and administrators, the MTA, completely ignored the deaf in new york. I expect to see neon board, LED board or any other form of message boards that would send out the same messages we hear on the PS A's for people that cannot hear. Is that too much to ask for?
What are they waiting for ? maybe the cost benefit analysis, or cost effectiveness of taking care of the deaf people in New York has not been reached. maybe we have not reached the critical mass of deaf people in New York for message boards to be worth the trouble.
Well they don't have to wait too long. Riding in the subway everyday, I see people with their head phones on and I can hear the sound of kanye singing welcome to the good life wafting from their earpieces two subway cars away...at this rate the MTA, city administrators and hospitals would not have to wait too long to achieve the critical mass.