TO WHOME ITE MAY CONCERN:
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on handicapped accessibility on the
Wasjomgtpm State Ferries I am a volunteer with HLAA (Hearing Loss Association
of America). It is a national organizaion organized to help those with hearing losses.
I am a senior and know that many of my friends enjoy riding ferries along with those
to whom it is a neccessary mode of transportaton. They need accommadions for
who those handicapped with hearing loss. It is also a safety issue. At present, one in
three people over the age of 65 suffer hearing loss. The age for loss is steadily
growing youngeer, mostly due to the increased volume of noise experienced by the young.
Passenger vessles are a floating commuinity and require the same level and type of
communication as our cities and towns.I am sure you are aware that the loud
speaker system is not adequate for even those with mild or no hearing loss.
Some sort of back up system, such as flashing lights or other visible means
should be provided in case of imminent danger. American Disabilities Act
stipulates that safety must be provided. Perhaps a small area could be set aside
and provided with closed captioning or one of the many other aids available for hearing
loss. If this space was unoccupied it could be opened to everyone
If you need to contact someong about this matter, please contact Penny Allen
who is Washington State President of HLAA. She can give you many ideas on
how to help reach solutions. Her e mail address Is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would much appreciate hearing from you.