CBS news came to the Mill Neck Manor campus to interview Mill Neck Services staff and legislator Joshua Lafazan on a very important bill that passed in September. This bill directs the Nassau County Police Department to publish “visor cards” for Deaf and Hard of Hearing motorists to identify their preferred method of communication.
“This bill is crucial because as a legislator I think our role is to make life better for individuals who are most vulnerable in our society. So, I try to empathize what it would be like for an individual who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing,” said Lafazan. “When I heard about Deaf drivers not being able to communicate properly with the police I realized how tense and scary of an interaction that would be and the solution is so simple. So for me, it was a question of how do I make life better for people with disabilities and likewise how do we help our police interact with those stakeholders.”
This is a first step to rectify severe communication misunderstandings between Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and law enforcement. Great work to Mill Neck Services and all of those involved in getting this bill passed. Another big win for the Deaf community!