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Communication Disability Database Informs Law Enforcement During Traffic Stops

Individuals with a medically diagnosed communication disability are able to voluntarily enroll in a database to inform law enforcement of their challenge communicating. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS), recently released an awareness video explaining how to enroll in the database.

As part of the enrollment process, physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists may be asked to complete the Communication Disability Verification Form for their patients. Although the patient may bring the form to their appointment, the State Medical Board of Ohio would also like to make this form available to providers. Click here to download the form.

The verification form was created as part of House Bill 115, which aims to avoid a situation that could become harmful to an individual with a communication disability or an officer. Once a verified form is submitted to the Department of Public Safety, the information will be used to create a notice within the Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) which is used to lookup license plate, driver and vehicle information. The law enforcement officer is then informed that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating and can approach the vehicle with awareness. 

Information in the database is not a public record. The awareness video and more information can be found at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities website.

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