Dozens of people rallied in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday to send a loud message to stop discrimination toward deaf people.
Members of the Deaf Grassroots Movement said hearing impaired are treated unfairly in the classroom, the workplace and in public buildings.
There has been no school for the deaf in Nebraska, since it closed nearly 20 years ago and advocates said many students don’t have the proper services and support in their schools.
Those at the rally said employers pass over deaf applicants because of a false fear of the accommodations that have to be met.
Those who are hearing impaired said there are a number of phone apps and new technology that make communication with the deaf much easier.
The group also said many businesses and public buildings give audio information only including flight changes at an airport, which are announced over the public-address system.
The group said it wants to tell Nebraskans not to be scared to talk to deaf people and to include them in society.