NYLPI Staff Attorney Antony Gemmell Quoted in an AP Article about NYPD’s Efforts to Improve Communication with Deaf Drivers

June 14, 2018

Deaf Justice Coalition, Disability Justice, Media Coverage

A visor card issued to drivers with hearing challenges in New York to help them communicate with police

The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced a new tool being offered to deaf drivers to facilitate better communication during traffic stops. The NYPD plans to distribute laminated visor cards with symbols, which officers can use to clarify reasons for stops. The cards will also be available on the NYPD website.

“The broad, general goal here is for people who are deaf and hard of hearing to have equal access to police services,” said Gemmell. “Whatever they need to be able to communicate effectively should be offered to them.”

Read the coverage in The New York Times, ABC 7, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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