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Print out helps deaf, hard of hearing drivers communicate

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

A simple print out can now help drivers who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate better with law enforcement.

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights and statewide law enforcement partners unveiled the new communication tool this week.

It’s designed to be stored on a sun visor, in a bag or backpack, or on a passenger seat for easy access.

“Removing barriers for Michiganders with disabilities is instrumental in helping them live self-determined independent lives,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “This new communication tool is a positive step that improves safety for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing as well as law enforcement partners across Michigan.”

The card can be downloaded and printed. It allows police to point to pictures to help the driver better understand what the officer wants.

“Having an easy-to-access tool, in my hand or on my phone, will make traffic stops safer and less stressful for both the driver and the police officer,” said Annie Urasky, Director of the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. “We are especially proud that so many of Michigan’s top law enforcement organizations have endorsed this tool. We all have the same goal: to ensure effective communication in situations where safety is a priority.”

The card can be download here.

You can also request a card be mailed to you by calling 313-437-7035 or by emailing DODDBHH@michigan.gov with the words “Visor Card” in the subject line.

For more information, click here.

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