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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.

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Lincoln Journal Star
November 08, 2014

LINCOLN, Nebraska — He always thought they were saying "lots of love." It turns out, all those people who text messaged "LOL" to Mark Conroy were just laughing at him.

Conroy's confusion about the acronym for "laugh out loud" is among a whole list of concerns he'll need to address come December, when people in the Omaha and Kearney areas will be able to start texting 911 to report emergencies, the Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reported.

Text-to-911 service should go live around Omaha on Dec. 15, says Conroy, director of Douglas County's 911 center. In Buffalo County, Sheriff Neil Miller expects the Kearney area's system to be ready soon after.

Lincoln will have to wait.

"We don't want your text message," said Tom Casady, the city's public safety director. "We can't handle it."

Lincoln and more than a dozen counties in Southeast Nebraska are in the process of replacing their individual 911 systems with a single hub that would route callers to their local 911 centers. The switch will take time and could initially cost upward of $1 million to $2 million, although it is intended to save money in the long run.

And while the new equipment should make enabling text-to-911 easier for Lincoln and its neighbors, Casady says he's in no rush to adopt technology that is "not quite ready for primetime yet."

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05/19/2014 05:01 PM
Original Article

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick County, Maryland is the sixth county in the country to implement 911 texting through Verizon, according to local emergency officials. They say they pushed to become one of the first last year and now the four major wireless carriers in the Country made the feature available.

“The Maryland School for the Deaf is located in Fredrick. We have a large population of deaf and hearing impaired so we've felt everyone needs access to 911, so we've been very proactive and been pushing to be a leader in texting 911 to allow everyone that direct access to 911,” said Chip Jewell, director of Frederick County emergency communications.

The Federal Communications Commission said they hope to expand the program once it’s been tested in places like Frederick County. Chip Jewell said he believes the texting systems should be available on all four major wireless carriers by the end of next year.

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Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) Training Seminar

A free two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Seminar for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community will be provided at Gallaudet University.  The training seminar will take place on March 5 - 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  This event is sponsored and hosted by the CERT, the DC government, Gallaudet University, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG). To view the flyer for more information, please click here.Please note that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals who live or work in Washington, D.C. are eligible to attend.  If you do not meet one of the two criteria, then you are not able to participate in this training seminar.  Furthermore, if you register to attend, you are expected to show up to both days of the CERT training seminar, not just one.

The deadline to register is February 7, 2014.  The training seminar will be limited to 60 people, so registration will be on first-come, first-serve basis. All participants who complete the two-day training will receive free backpacks!

To register, please click here.

**ASL interpreters will be provided at the CERT training seminar.  Additional accommodations can be provided upon request.


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