Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Suit Alleges Portland (OR) 9-1-1 Services Inaccessible to Deaf Persons

See this article, which begins:
A deaf Portland man who reported he was the victim of a domestic assault said police and 9-1-1 operators failed to respond with a sign language interpreter, hampering the police inquiry and putting him at risk.

Philip Wolfe, 39, is suing the city of Portland in federal court, alleging the city violated the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in state and local government services.

Wolfe's allegations highlight a gaping hole in Portland Police Bureau policy: Twenty-two years after the ADA was enacted, the bureau lacks any protocol on how to respond to people who are hearing impaired.



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