Texting 911 Capability Now Available in Maricopa County

Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL)
DDNN Summer 2018


911 call if you can, text if you can'tAs of April 2018, Text to 9-1-1 became a reality in Maricopa County. Text to 9-1-1 provides meaningful access to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities to First Responders through the use of any phone with texting capabilities. It is also a great addition in improving public safety in the region.


Those who are deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-challenged use texting, videophones, social media, smartphone apps, and other technologies for their telecommunications needs. Text messaging allows them access to what was previously unimaginable, drastically increasing the quality and speed of telecommunication and allowing a commensurate increase in the interactivity of their communications.


Text to 9-1-1 comes after months of collaboration between Maricopa public agencies and advocates for the disability community. Other AZ counties have yet to get on board. ACDL, National Association of the Deaf, and Stein & Vargas have asked the other 14 counties to implement Text-to-9-1-1 in their region.


Check out the news article, video and factsheets: https://tinyurl.com/AZText911