CRTC Tests 911 Texting for Hearing and Speech Impaired

People with speech and hearing disabilities will soon be able to communicate with 911 services via text messages.

During the three-month pilot project announced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, volunteers registered with their phone provider will make test phone calls to 911, and the dispatcher will respond with a text message to the user’s cellphone. The user can then text their situation back to the dispatcher.