Deaf Community Asks For ASL Interpreter at COVID-19 Press Conferences

Deaf Community Asks For ASL Interpreter at COVID-19 Press Conferences

National Association for the Deaf sends a letter to the White House.
Members of the deaf and hearing-impaired community have sent requests to the White House for an ASL interpreter when he’s at the podium discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, TMZ reports.

The National Association of the Deaf has also sent a letter, but they have gotten no response, according to Stephanie Cawthon of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.

TMZ reports that the deaf and hearing-impaired also want improved closed-captioning and better graphics to relay virus updates.

In the past, the president has sporadically used ASL translators during news conferences and the State of The Union address. But deaf and hearing-impaired groups say it’s way more crucial to have one now because so many American lives hang in the balance.

Some governors and mayors have been using ASL interpreters during their coronavirus news conferences, including California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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