Make The City of Warner Robins, Georgia Accessible To The Blind

Make The City of Warner Robins, Georgia Accessible To The Blind

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Armando Vias started this petition to Warner Robins Government Mayor LaRhonda Patrick and

Hello everyone,

 

My name is Armando Vias, and I am starting this petition in hopes to making change in the city of Warner Robins, Georgia.

 

I am a blind advocate who isn't afraid of change. The reason that I started this petition is because I believe that we have a lack of accessibility options in the area for people who are blind.

 

For example, we, as blind people, have limited access to public transportation (buses). We have to rely on Uber/Lyft, in which it can get pretty expensive, especially if we decide to go to one of the colleges, or if we commute to work, etc. Some of us rely on family members or friends to take us to where we want to go.

 

Gas is also crazy expensive right now, causing headaches for us, especially if people who are blind don't have someone to take them places.

 

I urge you to do the following:

  1. Create a Blindness Committee: The Blindness Committee should consist of people who have a history with people who are blind. I recommend the National Federation of The Blind of Georgia if you want to look for your next candidates. Unfortunately, over 70% of blind adults are unemployed, according to the National Federation of The Blind.
  2. Fix all websites with accessibility improvements in mind: I'll be happy to collaborate on helping the city make the website accessible. We use screen-reading software in order to navigate our devices.
  3. Fix the bus system: Warner Robins is a growing city, and as an expanding community, we need to ensure that the public transportation system is up-to-date. This means adding more buses to the system. I believe that there is only one bus, but this needs to be improved to about 10 or 15 buses to the system.
  4. Add more bus stops to frequent locations, and also locations of worship, such as churches that blind people frequently go to. For example, we need to add a bus stop on the side of Highway 41, on Watson where most people get groceries (Kroger), the Houston County Mall, etc.
  5. Make ordering bus passes accessible via an online portal: Some blind folks don't feel comfortable calling up dispatch for a public transportation service. Hence, that's why we must create a portal to help the shy blind people to book their passes. That way, they can pay online using Apple Pay, Google Pay, debit/credit cards, etc. This will make it easier for folks at dispatch from having the volume of calls raised too high. Yes, we can make a customer service line, but as a person who believes in online technology, everything is done online now, such as email, or even text messages!
  6. Improve street crossings with audible tones or talking signals when the signal changes: This would be beneficial when a blind person crosses the street, especially if there is a lot of traffic on the road.
  7. Add visual-interpreting services: AIRA is a visual-interpreting service that has trained agents to help the blind in every day tasks. Other places that has this service installed are: City of Minneapolis, Sedgwick County, Wichita, KS, State of Connecticut, Visit Mesa, Mesa, Arizona, etc. This will help blind folks get access to inaccessible information to locations that are not yet accessible. I urge you to check out their partners page at https://aira.io/partners.

I understand that it costs a lot of money, but this should get the city on the right foot. I will be happy to collaborate with all of the City Council on making this happen for everyone. I believe that this will be an all party effort. If you believe that this city should become an accessible city for the blind and the visually-impaired, please take action by signing my petition. The more signatures we get, the more likely they will listen to us.

 

If you have any questions, you may email me at my email address:

 

armando@armandovias.com

 

I'll be happy to answer your questions as best as I can.

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