The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in partnership with the Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) has worked to create a first of its kind visor card for deaf/hard of hearing individuals during traffic stops.
This will help deaf/hard of hearing individuals effectively communicate with officers. The visor card is carried by these individuals and can be presented to officers. The card contains images that represent information the officer may require or that the individual needs to provide to the officer.
Having an effective tool for communication can help reduce anxiety for deaf/hard of hearing individuals when being stopped by a police officer. The OPP is helping lead change by endorsing the visor cards produced by the OAD and is the first police service in Ontario to do such.
“A program like this that can really help officers communicate more with deaf individuals and improve their understanding of the experiences of deaf individuals – David Hamen, American Sign Language employment specialist.
Watch the OPP’s video explaining the new deaf visor card here!