Police Launch Text Messaging And Sign Language Project
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 3, 2005
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND--A new public safety project in Northern Ireland will allow people with disabilities that affect their speech or hearing to use their cell phones to text message police in emergencies, the BBC reported.
Chief Constable Hugh Orde of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) launched the initiative Friday, under which users can send text messages to police in Belfast, who will then dispatch the necessary emergency services.
Additionally, officers in each of PSNI's 29 district command units will be trained in both English and Irish sign language.
"We are delighted with this recent development as it is vital that deaf sign language users have equal access to the emergency services of Northern Ireland," said Majella McAteer of the Deaf Association of Northern Ireland.
"Emergency text service for deaf" (BBC News)