The State of Ohio has released an American Sign Language Video for Deaf CDL Applicants:
The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) collaborated on a video that uses American Sign Language to explain how Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
The video explains the steps one must take to first obtain a federal hearing exemption before taking the CDL test. If you’re interested in joining the commercial driving industry, check out the video here:
It is wonderful to see the State of Ohio reach out to Ohio’s Deaf population with a video produced in American Sign Language. This positive trend started in 2013 when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted 40 individuals exemptions from the Agency’s standard concerning hearing. In the pursuit of Deaf rights, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) was instrumental in providing evidence supporting the safety of Deaf drivers. In fact, the NAD conducted over 100 hours of interviews showing that Deaf drivers often face fewer distractions on the road.
If you’re ready to get behind the wheel, click here to begin the process!