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: FLHSMV.com
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.
American Sign Language
On April 15, 1817, American Sign Language was recognized. The local government in Central Florida announces a proclamation that they recognize ASL.
Select each local government to see pictures on Facebook:
On April 15, 1817, the first lasting school for the deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the years and at subsequent deaf schools across our nation. The children intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language. This process brought forth modern American Sign Language.
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