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Deaf Floridian ID Bill

Bill Name: HB7061 & SB740 (2016)

Effective Date: July 1, 2016

Rep. Victor Torres (D-Orlando) and Sen. Darren Soto (D-Orlando) filed the bill and signed by Governor Rick Scott

The “Deaf Floridians ID Bill” permits the international symbol for being deaf or hard of hearing to appear on identification cards or driver’s license. This legislation is in response to several incidents of confusion and unnecessary escalation during encounters between police and deaf Floridians including a recent incident by constituent Lorraine Velazquez. This legislation allows people who suffer from hearing impairment to further identify themselves and their condition.

Press Release: Press Release by Senator Darren Soto

Press Release: Press Release by ASL Services

Video Interview: D-PAN Interviewed Lorraine Velazquez

Website Article: Article by WFSU

For more information:

Get international symbol for deaf & hard-of-hearing

for your identification card or driver's license today at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.


SunRail in Central Florida

SunRail officially launches in Central Florida in 2014. SunRail is a Central Florida passenger rail system serving the City of Orlando, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola counties. The city of Orlando mayor invites the deaf and hard of hearing community to celebrate the launch on May 2, 2014.

Check our Facebook to see more picture: SunRail Launches in Central Florida

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