RTA launches 'Deaf Driver' initiative
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, January 16 - 2013 at 12:16
- PRESS RELEASE
The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Deaf Driver initiative to sensitize road users to deaf drivers, and alert motorists to vehicles driven by people with hearing disabilities.
"The objective of the Deaf Driver initiative is to educate drivers on how to deal with hearing impaired persons and alert them that the driver in front is deaf. We have therefore embarked on compiling a brochure to elucidate how to deal with personnel suffering hearing loss, and designing a poster to be affixed to vehicles driven by individuals with hearing disability. Readers of this poster will be aware that the driver is deaf and will not respond to alarm sounds made by other motorists. The core message of the initiative is to educate the public that deaf drivers can drive vehicles likewise other motorists, but their focus on the road hinges on visual & kinetic perception rather than the sense of hearing. Therefore, dealing with deaf drivers on roads has to be through optical signs," Maitha added.
"The main problem suffered by deaf drivers is the lack of hearing alarming horns sounded by other vehicles or sirens of ambulance, police and civil defense vehicles. They also experience the difficulty of communicating with others as the hearing impaired person depends on the language of lips and hands signs, hence it is critically important to communicate with deaf drivers through the body language coupled with hands movement illustration," stated Maitha.
The ceremony was kicked off by reciting verses from the holy Quran and staging educative plays depicting the conditions of the deaf driver. Engineer Maitha thanked all entities contributing to the launch of this initiative headed by the Ministry of Social Affairs, and Al-Amal School for the Deaf in Sharjah. She concluded by reminding motorists of the vitality of focusing on the road while driving and expecting to encounter hearing impaired drivers.
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