Daily Israel Report
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News Brief

  11/20/2013, Kislev 17, 5774

Giving the Deaf and Mute Access to Police Call Center


When you dial “1-0-0” you will get to the Call Center for the Israeli Police.  However, for the deaf, mute and hearing-impaired it is not as simple a task as it is for the remainder of society.

Following the Knesset’s “Deaf Day” which recently took place, MK Karin Elharar (Yesh Atid) turned to Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Aharonovich demanding that immediate steps be taken to provide accessibility to the police call center for the deaf, mute and hearing-impaired community here in Israel.

At present, the approximate 800,000 people affected have no ability to contact the call center, which is essentially set up for emergency calls.  They must, therefore, remain dependent upon the availability and good will of outsiders, which undermines their personal safety as well as the ability to lead independent lives.

Pilot programs involving the use of SMS messages have been on the table for a while, but so far nothing definite has been implemented,  thus leaving an entire sector of citizens in the lurch.