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The Use and Benefits of Audible Pedestrian Signals on College Campuses: An Overview Alicia Hornberger, Student, Kutztown University, ahorn617@live.kutztown.edu As defined by apsguide.org, audible pedestrian signals, or APS, are devices that communicate messages like WALK and DON'T WALK and their respective intervals to persons with low or no vision. These signals and the technology that is a part of them have been present, although not readily seen, for approximately the last 25 to 30 years. This being the case, it is still rare to find APS anywhere other than primary crosswalks in large cities. It is rare to find these signals even in busy intersections in small suburbs, and it is even rarer to find them on college campuses. Therefore, the question remains: If one is to find an audible signal on a college campus, why is it there, and does it do anything? 26

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