DODDBHH Director Annie Urasky: Next Gen 9-1-1 will have a direct impact on the lives of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Michiganders

Contact: Vicki Levengood 517-242-0236
Agency: Civil Rights

March 6, 2018

Lansing - Today Governor Snyder signed into law a bill to upgrade Michigan’s 9-1-1 systems statewide, making emergency services more accessible for all, including for individuals who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing.

Annie Urasky, Director of the Division on Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing, housed in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued the following statement in response to the legislation.

“The new law to upgrade Michigan’s outdated 9-1-1 system will have a direct impact on the lives of Michiganders who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing. As a deaf person, I have often had to rely on someone else to communicate with first responders in an emergency situation. This technology breaks down that barrier and enables individuals who are deaf, deafblind or hard of hearing to quickly communicate directly with the people who can help. I applaud the legislature and the Governor for making comprehensive access to statewide 9-1-1 services a priority.”

 

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