|December 23, 2010||Posted by admin under Bardstown||
Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, 9 p.m. — I was in town a couple of days ago at a government-owned building and noticed the No Smoking sign as posted at the building’s entrance. The building is located in the Bardstown city limits and subject to the smoking ban, which requires businesses to post prohibitions against smoking on the entrance points of the building.
Actually, being a government-owned building, those were made smoke-free some time ago, which I don’t have a problem with. But the thing that caught my eye about the sign was the labeling. If you click on the image, it will enlarge to better show what I’m talking about.
The international symbol is at top, then the wording in English noting that the building is smoke-free. But note that below the English there are two lines of Braille. And if you look closely, you’ll notice the Braille — raised symbols that vision-impaired people can “read” by the feel of the characters — is positioned behind the glass window in the door. I’m not an expert, but I’m betting that someone who reads braille cannot do so through wire-reinforced safety glass.
Of course, we may be looking at the result of using a sign that’s on hand versus paying more — taxpayers were footing the bill, remember — for a different sign. Even so, for the wise-acre in me, this sign qualifies as a “Braille Fail.”