Letters to the Editor

The law is silent on detecting disability

How many folks living in the valley are deaf? I lived and worked in the California city that has probably the largest number of deaf persons: Fremont, which has the California School for the Deaf. In all the years I was there, there was never a call for the learning of sign language by the police. By the way, I'm deaf in one ear and have only limited use of the other, but I do not sign.

It is here that we keep up the cry that the police need to learn signing. The question that nearly never comes up is, "How do I know they have a deaf handicap?" The Americans with Disabilities Act says what has to be done for them, not how to detect them. Write your representative in Washington, D.C.