Jun 14, 2016 2:59 AM EDT
In Orange County, Fla. -- and in every 911 call center throughout Arizona -- people cannot send text messages to dispatchers. However, a lawsuit filed in Arizona federal court is demanding that the state adopt the new technology.
The lawsuit, filed by the National Association of the Deaf and the Arizona Center for Disability Law, claims the state’s current 911 system is discriminatory.
“What we're claiming is that people with disabilities are not provided equal access to 911, which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehab Act,” said attorney Asim Dietrich.