Hello my name is Behishta.
Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people have issues with calling 911 in
case of an emergency. Many Deaf people do not have a TTY anymore. Many
of us want to be able to call 911 using our Blackberry or iPhone like
many other hearing people.
We can call 911 through TTY or a phone but not through texting with our
Blackberry or iPhone yet. We can call through 911 and not answer but
sometimes 911 will have a hard time to find you. For example they will
find you easily in an apartment building.
We can call through our Blackberry and iPhone without giving any voice
communication. Luckily, Durham Region emergency services gives this
kind of call high priority. (Not all regions do this.) They will send
police, fire and ambulance even if there is no communication if they
There are people and agencies working on developing text messaging for
911 and it will be ready sometimes soon. When it is first set up, it
will only be available to people with hearing loss. Hearing people will
not have access to this service yet. When they are ready for us to use,
CHS will inform us.
CHS has hired a woman named Mandy Conlon to work on this project. Mandy
gave a presentation to our committee last year about this. CHS will
continue to keep us posted about this. When we know more about new
technology available to use, we will let you know.
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