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Feds Grant First Exemption for Deaf Commercial Truck Drivers
Video title, link and release date
Feds Grant First Exemption for Deaf Commercial Truck Drivers, June 12, 2013
Two minutes, Thirty-six seconds
- On February 1st, the U.S. Department of Transportation made history by granting commercial driving licences to 40 drivers who were deaf or hard of hearing.
- This means that these drivers are now exempt from hearing standards that kept similar applicants from receiving applicants for decades.
- The new exemptions are long overdue — a 2008 study showed that drivers with hearing impairments posed no greater danger on the road than those without.
- The National Association of the Deaf was a major proponent of the new exemptions, claiming that the old DOT guidelines were based on outdated, unfounded stereotypes.
1. When did the National Association of the Deaf file a group of exemption applications?
2. What are some of the new exempted application guidelines?
3. What is the National Association of the Deaf pushing for next?
Freewriting “Journal” Prompt
What about this report do you have questions about?
Why do you think it has taken so long for these changes to be made despite the scientific evidence supporting them?
What do you want to know more about?