Deaf people do get accessibility discounts to certain services or entertainment center because of how some things are not accessible to Deaf people but accessible to hearing people. By the way, this doesn’t apply just to Deaf people, it also applies to people with disabilities. However, the United States is not the only country with accessibility discounts, South Korea does too!
City transportations (subway, bus, etc.) usually have discounts for disabled passengers. Discounts may vary depending on which city you are in and what transportation you use.
Movie theaters would give half price discount to their tickets if subtitles or captions are not accessible.
Reduction in college/university tuition for the disabled.
In some states, there is an exemption where disabled person can get a reduction in property tax. (i.e. 50% off property tax in New York.) http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/exemption/disablexempt.htm
I bet some of you are like, ” why do you get those discounts? You seem fine as a Deaf person.”
I know, but it has a lot to do with accessibility. Right now, let’s focus on Deaf people rather than other disabilities for now.
For starters, in most city transportation’s announcements are voiced which Deaf people will not be able to hear, so they miss out on that information. That means Deaf people to be up on their toes to keep an eye out on their upcoming stop to make sure they do not miss their stop in any city transportation. That becomes a struggle for us sometimes.
Another thing about accessibility discounts in movie theaters. I would say more than 10 years ago, movie theaters would sell tickets at half-price for Deaf customers because there would not be captions on the movie which means Deaf people miss out half of the whole movie because it is voiced, so Deaf customers would lack access to information comparing to hearing customers. Half-priced tickets come off pretty fair for Deaf customers. Now, we don’t have that anymore due to the emerging technology we have and movie theaters now offer captioning devices for Deaf people to use at any movies at any times, so we pay in full for that now.
Anyways, the point here is that we get accommodated to discounts because of accessibility barrier to information or resources due to any type of disability comparing to those who are able-bodied with full access to information and resources.
Although we have some more accessibility discounts for few other things, but you will be surprised with what South Korea has to offer for their disabled people!
My jaws literally dropped when I learned this from my friend in South Korea.
Disabled people in South Korea receives the following discounts:
- Airfares from Korean Air — 50% off domestic flights
- Airfares from Asiana Airlines — 30% off domestic flights / 20% off international flights
- Train tickets — 50% off
- Boat/Ferry tickets — 50% off
- Metropolitan Subway — 100% FREE!
- Mobile phones and Internet — 35% off
- Movie theaters — 50% off
- Gas — 50% off (They stopped this discount because government was struggling financially, so they had to cut budget few years ago.)
South Korea surely has more discounts compared to us, agreed?
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