NYLPI’s Christopher Schuyler Testifies in Support of Text-to-911

March 3, 2020

Disability Justice, News

Christopher Schuyler delivering testimony in-person.

Christopher Schuyler, senior staff attorney for NYLPI, testified to the New York City Council Committee on Technology and Committee on Land Use in a joint hearing regarding the implementation of New York City’s Text-to-911 System. Schuyler spoke both as a member of the NYLPI Disability Justice Program and as a member of the National Stuttering Association.

“Text-to-911 is imperative for people who stutter because it would remove very real risks of miscommunication. If a person who stutters is unable to verbalize these details, they may not receive the assistance they need in a timely manner. Additionally, operators that are relatively unexposed to stuttering are liable to misunderstand a person who stutters. Accuracy and clarity in communications is of paramount importance during an emergency. Text-to-911 would alleviate these major and unnecessary barriers to effective communication.”

Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron also testified before the committee.

Read Schulyer’s full testimony on our website.

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