Welcome to the second part of this series, you can check out Part one if you missed it.
Before I get into listing the products, I want to break one big misconception that's rampant among the general public:
Deaf People Can Drive!!
Please stop being so shocked that Deaf people can drive!!
They don't need to hear in order to operate a vehicle! It's actually been proven that Deaf drivers are actually safer drivers than their hearing counterparts. They can see much better and notice more happening around them.
Their peripheral vision is sharper to notice any changes happening beside them, and they check their mirrors frequently to watch for flashing lights (in lieu of sirens).
Compare that to the regular driver playing their music loudly, chatting on the phone, a car full of screaming kids, or even trying to text.
So please stop assuming because someone can't hear that they can't drive.
Products for Driving
There are very few products that we need to adapt for driving. I know of two that some may want for extra help:
* Extra Large Rearview Mirror - This will help to see more rear traffic, but mainly used to see rear passengers.
* Emergency Vehicle Alert - Get alerted on approaching or stopped emergency vehicles.
But all we really need are our eyes. Period.
Products for Travelling
Deaf and Deafblind people travel frequently and on their own too. We don't need caretakers or assistants to travel with us on different modes of transportation.
Mythbuster time: When a Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deafblind person goes to check in at the ticket counter - STOP offering us a wheelchair! Unless it's age-appropriate or we have requested it. Our legs work fine - it's our ears that don't work.
Now some products that beneficial for travelling:
* Travel Alarm Clock - to stick under the pillow or mattress
* Shake 'n Wake Wrist Alarm Clock - Wear it to be alerted in time to wake up
* Deafgard - a new fire alarm product starting to appear at hotels where the deaf or hard of hearing guest receives a kit to put under their pillow for any fire alarm notifications.
* Door Knock Alert - Hangs over the door and flashes whenever it senses vibrations from door knocks.
Many hotels do have an ADA Compliance Kit with these visual alerts, but they're not available everywhere and many staff are untrained or don't know where it's located.
That's it for this part, stay tuned for products for on the job.
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