TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The WILL Center held a “Low Vision Exhibit” on Thursday in hopes of encouraging those who are visually impaired to come to events in downtown Terre Haute.

As a part of the exhibit, Danny Wayne, Low Vision Program Manager with The WILL Center, said they are advocating for audible signal crossings to make people who are visually impaired feel more safe when coming to the downtown area.

“One of the messages we hope to get across today is that we want people who are visually impaired to participate in events in downtown Terre Haute and we thought by advocating for audible signal crossings would be a great way to do so,” Wayne said.

One of the attendees who is fully blind, Doug Hanna, said he is used to crossing without the audible signals, but intersections such as Wabash and 7th streets are extremely busy, which may make some who have low vision feel unsafe.

“We take training that teaches us how to do the crossings without audible signals but it’s just another tool to make it more safe for us and easier for us. You have the sound of traffic around you so you’re going off the sound of traffic to cross, so the audible signal would be a benefit to that and make it safer for visually impaired people to cross,” Hanna said.

Both Hanna and Wayne hope the addition of audible crossing signals would allow visually impaired pedestrians to be more comfortable in busy areas such as the Convention Center.

The exhibit also featured a presentation from a low vision specialist, as well as representatives from Eye Can See Inc., The Riley Lions Club and Easterseals.

Eye Can See Inc. demonstrated low vision devices that can be used in your home, and Riley Lions Club did vision screenings for those interested.

Registration was required prior to the event.

Wayne said he hopes they are able to do more events with the Convention Center such as this one in the future.