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OCEAN VIEW, Del. - It's a simple idea, politicians and their deaf constituents working together.  But apparently, a town hall meeting in Ocean View Delaware Sunday afternoon was the first of its kind in the state.

Sponsored by the Delaware Association of the Deaf, the group met with state Senator Gerald Hocker and Representative Ron Gray, and law enforcement to discuss ways they can better serve the hearing loss community.

"We want to make sure that we are fully informed of an emergency.  That we have access to the same services and networks that people who are not deaf and hard of hearing have," says Dr. Jay Innes, an Ocean View resident.

According to Dr. Innes, one of major concern is that in the instance of a power outage, the only way the a person with a hearing loss can receive information is through their pager, but local police don't send text alerts yet.

Organizers hope Sunday's meeting will help increase communication between public leaders and the deaf community.

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