Vancouver Police Introduce ‘Visor Cards’ to Help Communicate with Deaf Residents

Vancouver –

A new initiative by the Vancouver Police Department aims to improve communication between police and people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The department recently outfitted all of its patrol vehicles, including motorcycles, with a double-sided visor card that features words and icons that officers and members of the public can point to during an interaction.

On the one hand, the map helps the police to indicate their intentions. The other side helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate with officers.

The cards are the result of a collaboration between the VPD and the Wavefront Center for Communication Accessibility, a non-profit organization based in British Columbia.

“The visor card is an important step with our local community to improve accessibility and inclusion,” said Christopher T. Sutton, CEO of the center, in the VPD statement.

“When people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of society, it enriches Canada’s economic and cultural diversity.

Funding for the project comes from a grant from the Vancouver Police Foundation.

Members of the public can pick up their own copies of the visor cards at any of the Wavefront offices in Vancouver.

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