Monday, March 26, 2007

"Deaf Child Area" sign has been in place for years

There is a sign in the 2300 block of East Willamette that says Deaf Child Area. This sign has been there for years, and I'm sure the child has grown up or moved away. Why is this sign still there?
- Sandi Anderson

ANSWER: Before a “blind child” or “deaf child” sign is installed, those making the request also sign a letter of understanding saying they will notify the city if the sign is no longer needed, according to city traffic engineer Gary Herbst. Sometimes they don’t follow through. In other cases the “child” who is now grown might still live in the area, “however, we don’t have ‘blind adult’ signs, just ‘blind child,’” Herbst said.

6 Comments:

Anonymous deafchevy said...

xIt is the place where I live now.

11:27 PM, March 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am Deaf and I live three blocks from that sign. Quite a few Deaf people also live in my area. The Deaf and Blind School is not too far away, so there is a high concentration of Deaf people on Willamette Avenue. I want the sign to stay!

3:02 PM, April 14, 2007  
Anonymous jullian said...

I’m deaf and one of my younger brothers is to, but it’s not like they meet someone and atomaticly say ‘oh hi my name is so-and-so and two of my sons are deaf.’ That’s what these signs are saying. No offense or nothing but, those people who have the signs should think about their kids and how they feel. My parents used to have one in our yard when i was younger but that didn’t stop people from speeding infact i think it made it worse.After i learned how to use a baseball bat they took it down. It’s just stupid to have the signs up wee have a children at play sign that slows people down.
I may be deaf but hardly anyone nodices if the sign was still there they probobly would. My little brother stays at my grandma's sometimes and she has one.

P.S. I got nothing agenst the signs:)

2:23 PM, January 31, 2008  
Anonymous jullian said...

p.p.s. Ican't spell:P :)

7:24 PM, January 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a hearing and visually impaired child and we live in a new subdivision with construction and the whole nine yards. I think the sign is very important. My daughter is only five and if she can't see or hear you coming her only hope is that someone will take the time to read the sign!

5:04 AM, March 12, 2008  
Blogger Ms. Russell said...

I just wanted you all to know that My Grandpa invented those signs in Roseville, MI. He was a beat cop not sure what year but I think it was in the mid 50's. He kept seeing a little girl playing too close to the road and got out to talk to her. When he found out she was deaf, he walked her up to the house and I think as the story goes, so was her mother. My Grampa being the amazing man that he was, and still is as a matter of fact (he's 89 now) couldn't get this little girl and their family off his mind. After talking to his superior he said maybe her should talk to the county commissioner and the signs were born. He and my Grandmother are doing very well and have retired to their little place in Suttons Bay Mi. I'm a very proud Grandaughter!! Hope this brings a smile to someone cuz they still make me smile

7:14 PM, May 25, 2013  

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