Take two minutes to support our Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign!



HEARD's Deaf Prisoner Phone Justice Campaign is currently in its third year & we need your support to ensure that deaf prisoners and deaf people with loved ones in prison have access to telecommunication.

Help us provide the FCC with real-life data on telecommunication practices in our Community by taking two minutes to fill out this
brief survey about your own telecommunication use. Share this survey with all deaf and signing people you know. 

Deadline: 12 Noon, Mon., Jan. 12, 2015 

Share on social media using hashtags: #DeafInPrison

Need More ACTION?

Submit a Comment to the FCC to Equal Telecommunication Access

Deadline | January 12, 5pm (EST)

Submit your own comment to the FCC to support equal telecommunication access for all prisoners!

HEARD has worked with numerous organizations on drafting comments to the FCC and we encourage you to also submit comments on behalf of yourself, your organization, your church, your university, etc.

Here's how to submit your comment:

1.) Draft a comment with your thoughts on the importance of telecommunication access for people who are deaf and/or disabled in prison and their loved ones. Your comment can be as short or as long as you wish

2.) Visit the Federal Communications online filing system here to submit your comment.  Make sure to insert 12-375 as the "Proceeding Number."

3.) Attach your comment & click continue.  You will receive an automated response from the FCC indicating that your submission was received.

4.) Consider sharing your comment with others so they can feel empowered to submit comments about this issue.

FACTS: Deaf #PhoneJustice FACTS

Incarcerated individuals who maintain contact with family members & the community have more success when they return to the community. 

Fewer than ten prisons nationwide have videophones, so deaf prisoners at thousands of prisons across the nation have little or no access to telecommunication.

Deaf prisoners nationwide often go months or years with no telecommunications access.

Hearing prisoners with Deaf family members also can not communicate with their loved ones.

Deaf prisoners with deaf family members have no contact with their family members because TTYs & videophones are not compatible.

HEARD has rallied hundreds of deaf prisoners, hearing prisoners, advocates, organizations, law firms, and loved ones to submit comments.

You can join us in making history by submitting comments, encouraging others to do the same, and sharing what you know.

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End Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities

Deadline | January 14, 8pm (EST)

HEARD is still creating alliances with civil rights organizations to help bring an end to police brutality against deaf people and people with disabilities. 

Yesterday, HEARD & nearly fifty civil and disability rights organizations sent an open letter to the City of San Francisco requesting that the City drop its appeal to the Supreme Court in the Sheehan vs. San Francisco case.

Teresa Sheehan is a person with a psychiatric disability who police officers shot five times when they were called to transport her to a psychiatric facility. Ms. Sheehan's case is now before the Supreme Court, and one of the questions the Court will consider is whether, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, police have an obligation to provide accommodations to a person with a mental disability when taking them into custody.

This case has the potential to impact a significant range of people with disabilities in the context of police interactions.

Please take a moment to contact the Mayor and City Attorney to let them know that 
the City of San Francisco should drop its appeal, settle the case & train its officers on how to safely interact with people with disabilities. 

City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Phone/TTY: (415) 554-4700

Mayor Ed Lee
E-mail: mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org
Phone/TTY: (415) 554-6141

FACTS: #PoliceBrutality Against People with Disabilities

In San Francisco, between 2005-2013, 58% of the people killed by law enforcement were people with disabilities.

Officers have mistaken the following disabilities for intoxication and resorted to violence: Deaf, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy.

People with intellectual & developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to interact with police officers than those who do not have these disabilities.

In California, police recruits only receive six hours of training about all disabilities during their mandated 664 hours of basic training. No further requirements exist. 

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Next Month . . .

Date TBA Fourth HEARDiversary!

This February marks HEARD's fourth year as an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. As always, we will have a meeting on or near the day of our birth-February 18th.  

Stay tuned for details!

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