The Driver Communication Assistance Kit (Formally the Deaf Motorist Kit) that Could Save Your Life!
With all the recent noise going on in the deaf blogs and video-blogs over negative experiences between deaf motorists and law enforcement, lets 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 who are actively involved in the education and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This product is developed by people that know what officers expect, lawyers expect, and judges expect of deaf motorists.
This is a real kit that is used by drivers with speech and hearing impairment. This is not like the lame money sucking $30 J-88 card that was pushed by another deaf entrepreneur in 2003 – 2004. This is different. The Driver Communication Assistance Kit has real teeth.
What gives OCDAC’s Driver Communication Assistance Kit it’s teeth are items that are required to be placed in it. Items such as your driver identification information, vehicle registration, doctor or audiologist note, driver liability insurance info, and local interpreter information. 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 that are 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 a couple stories/jokes about hearing people trying to evade cops by pointing to their ears and shaking their head. Providing the cop with proof of deafness is 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 arrested. The purpose of the Driver Communication Assistance Kit is to adequately inform the officer of your hearing and/or speech disability, your communication needs, and to help him or her locate communication assistance services in your area.
Be a responsible motorist. Get your Driver Communication Assistance Kit today!
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