Idaho Unveils New Communication Card to Help Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals Communicate with Law Enforcement

BOISE – The Idaho Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ICDHH), Northwest ADA Center of Idaho and law enforcement partners have developed a new communication card to help individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing exchange information with law enforcement.

The new card, which can be stored inside a vehicle, includes various pictures that deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals can point to help them more easily communicate during interactions with law enforcement.

“Removing barriers for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Idahoans is crucial for helping them live self- determined, independent lives,” said Governor Brad Little. “This new communication tool will improve safety for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community as well as law enforcement officers across the state.”

The communication card also displays icons of common violations and provides tips for law enforcement to help officers effectively communicate with those who are hard of hearing or deaf.

“Approximately 240,000 Idahoans are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Steven Snow, ICDHH Executive Director. “We appreciate our partners from the law enforcement agencies, Northwest ADA Center of Idaho, and the Disability Action Center NW, Inc. for collaborating on this practical solution to help bridge communication gaps and improve understanding.”

To receive a copy of the communication card, please contact the ICDHH at info@cdhh.idaho.gov or call (208)334-0879.