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More Safety Measures Needed To Protect Subway Travelers Who Are Blind

Date: 
Monday, September 3, 2012

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians would like to express its deepest sympathies to the Jensen family on their recent loss of Zaidee.  Zaidee was a wife, mom, and daughter to her loved ones and her loss is a tragic one. 

Zaidee was an experienced visually impaired subway traveler who died tragically when she fell from the LRT platform at the University Station on August 24.  "This tragedy only serves to emphasize the importance of ensuring that all subway stations across Canada are fully equipped with protective measures and procedures to protect not just blind subway travelers, but all travelers."

 Said Donna Jodhan National President of the Alliance.  "We may never know what really happened at the final moment but we need to keep advocating for safe subway stations right across the country." she added.

"There is no doubt that many cities continue to work towards complete safety for all travelers but we must continue to be watchful to ensure that a tragedy such as this is not repeated." Said Lui Greco the Alliance's first vice president.  The Alliance is ready to become more involved in advocating for safety at subway stations as many of its members are themselves frequent subway travelers.

The Alliance’s first vice president goes on to say:  “Many blind, deaf blind and visually impaired Canadians rely on public transit and the alliance encourages all Canadian municipalities to insure that no compromises are taken when planning for the safety of all their citizens, including persons with disabilities.  AEBC encourages Edmonton transit to complete their investigation of this tragedy in a timely manner and to make their findings public.”

About the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians

The Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), is a national organization of Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially-sighted persons. The AEBC is in its 20th year and continues to advocate for the recognition, legitimization, and protection of the rights of its members as outlined under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

CONTACT:

Donna Jodhan, National president

Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians / L'Alliance pour l'égalite des personnes aveugle

1-800-561-4774 - djodhan@blindcanadians.ca