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November 28, 2002

Hearing Impaired Getting Help To Communicate With Police

From:, VA - 28 Nov 2002

The Associated Press,
Deaf and hearing impaired drivers in Virginia will soon have access to sun visor and wallet cards to help them communicate with police.

Visor Alert was started by Fredericksburg's disAbility Resource Center last summer. It is expected to be implemented statewide next month.

The D-M-V has printed 11,000 copies of blaze orange visor and wallet cards that notify police officers and others that the bearer cannot hear.

Those who use the visor card are instructed to point to it and to their ear when stopped by police. The card says "I am deaf or hard of hearing."

The wallet card is meant to be handed to strangers.

According to the state, more than 600,000 deaf and hearing impaired people live in Virginia.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Date published: Thu, 11/28/2002

Copyright 2002, The Free Lance-Star Publishing Co. of Fredericksburg, Va.