The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) engaged with the Ministry of Transport and Works and the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) to present a month-long course to sensitize Motor Vehicle Inspectors and Police Officers to Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) and Deaf culture.
This course, titled ‘Introduction to Jamaican Sign Language Competency and Deaf Culture Sensitization Programme’ was a specially designed workshop for the purpose of training Drivers Licence testing staff and Police Traffic personnel to accommodate Deaf motorists whether on the road or at the ITA Examination depots.
It included an introduction to Jamaican Sign Language as the primary method of communication with the Deaf in Jamaica and they were given a basic tutorial in Deaf Culture in order to familiarize themselves with the facts and dispel the myths about hearing impairment and driving abilities.
Twenty-five (25) participants registered for the course on March 9, 2009 but the numbers were reduced to twenty-four (24) when a participant dropped out of the programme. Among the participants were five (5) Record Officers, nine (9) Certifying Officers, eight (8) Police Officers, and three (3) other Motor Vehicle Inspectors.