With all the recent noise going on in the deaf blogs and video blogs over negative experiences between deaf motorists and law enforcement, let us take this opportunity to introduce our Driver Communication Assistance Kit that has been around since 2003.
The Driver Communication Assistance Kit was developed by people actively involved in the education and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This product is created by people who know what officers, lawyers, and judges expect of deaf motorists.
This is a real kit that is used by drivers with speech and hearing impairments. This is not like the lame money-sucking $30 J-88 card that another deaf entrepreneur pushed in 2003 – 2004. This is different. The Driver Communication Assistance Kit has real teeth.
What gives OCDAC’s Driver Communication Assistance Kit its teeth are items that are required to be placed in it. Items include:
Everything that an officer needs to realize your need for communication assistance. Everything a lawyer needs to build a strong ADA case for you if the officer fails to accommodate your communication needs. Everything a judge needs to lean in your favor when your lawyer brings it to court. And the federal codes used in the Driver Communication Assistance Kit are applicable in all states and US territories already covered by the ADA.
This is a comment from one of the testers: “I like the idea of keeping a copy of your doctor/audiologist’s diagnosis/letter/note/whatever along with everything else. I’ve never considered that, and it sure is a great idea! I recall many stories/jokes about hearing people trying to evade cops by pointing to their ears and shaking their heads. Providing the cop with proof of deafness could be a good way to stop wary cops from doubting your deafness!”
And assembling the Driver Communication Assistance Kit yourself is easy with a checklist of items needed to complete it. Fill in the blanks. Store it in your glove compartment or any other reachable location in the vehicle. When an officer pulls you over, just hand him/her the Driver Communication Assistance Kit along with your driver’s identification card. He or she ‘will’ be happy you did.
Some of the best parts of this Driver Communication Assistance Kit:
That’s what the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is about, improving the safety of our speech and hearing impaired motorists.
The actual outcome between you and the officer depends on factors such as the reason for pulling you over, your attitude to the officer, sobriety issues, warrants, etc. The Driver Communication Assistance Kit is not intended to help you get away with breaking the law. The Driver Communication Assistance Kit will not prevent you from getting a ticket or being arrested. The purpose of the Driver Communication Assistance Kit is to adequately inform the officer of your hearing/speech disability and communication needs and help the officer locate communication assistance services in your area.
Be a responsible motorist. Get your Driver Communication Assistance Kit today!