I keep seeing this braille signs everywhere I go. On signs for toilets, on the up and down buttons for lifts, at traffic lights, at the station, at the shopping centre, at sports game venues, at restaurants, everywhere! However, I am still waiting to ever see a single blind person 1. find one of these signs on their own, to then 2. actually make use of it.
Who's idea was it to cover every single sign in braille? Do we really need to be that politically correct? How hard is it for others to take a few seconds out of their day to help a blind person through a door, or into a lift, or to show them which toilet is for males, etc? Or is this more about those who can see being able to say "they can do it themselves now, they don't need to ask others"? I seriously don't get it, and as I've said, am still waiting to see anyone make use of these signs.
I can imagine they'd be somewhat useful for the partially blind who can see to some extent, and are able to negotiate themselves to the signs on their own, but the majority of these signs are 3 dimensional. Sections of the signs protrude and are undoubtedly as easy to have their meaning derived from touch as braille is, if not even more so. For instance, lift buttons are always: up on top, down on bottom. Up is an arrow pointing up, down is an arrow pointing down. It's not that hard, and almost feels like we're patronising the blind by filling our world with these useless signs. I might be wrong, I'm only speaking from my subjective experiences so feel free to correct me if you've experienced something different.