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Driving Restrictions Protests

  • By: Bill Kte’pi
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Driving is a right that the deaf possess in most parts of the world, but not all, and in some cases, it is a right only recently won. As of a 2009 survey, 26 countries in the world did not legally allow the deaf to drive; in some others, the determination was made at the state or regional level, as it is in the United States. English law at one time forbade the deaf from driving, which was inherited by some of England’s colonies and dependencies, late in its history. Jamaica, for instance, did not gain independence until 1962. Forty years later, the Deaf community of Jamaica protested the Jamaican government’s failure to remove this obsolete law from the books. The government had promised in ...

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