In 1979,Yosemite hired a deaf services coordinator as a summer ranger, Mashable.com reports.
That first ranger was Maureen Fitzgerald, who set up a deaf services program for the park, including a teletype phone device (TTY), and trained other staff to communicate with deaf visitors, making Yosemite unique among national parks.
This year, however, everything changed. The park has cut the deaf services coordinator position and no longer has sign language interpreters on staff.
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