A hearing-impaired man is suing the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for not allowing him to take a test in order to receive a commercial driver's license.
In October, Fred McClain filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Orlando Division. He claims the agency prevented him from obtaining a CDL because of his hearing impairment.
Currently, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has not been given federal guidance on how to test deaf and hearing-impaired individuals when it comes to obtaining a driver's license.
"It's not difficult to do," Matthew Dietz, the attorney representing McClain with the Disability Defense Group, told the Florida Record. "For example, you can use a whiteboard and hand signals, or have an interpreter on-hand. Florida just hasn't yet developed a procedure for testing in cases like this."
McClain claims the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and therefore discriminates against him and other deaf or hearing-impaired individuals.