Deaf Community Frustrated at Lack of Sign-Language Interpreters

Deaf Community Frustrated at Lack of Sign-Language Interpreters

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Sign-language interpreters have pretty much been absent at White House news briefings. That absence has led the National Association of the Deaf — the nation’s largest deaf advocacy group — to write to the White House officials asking for “immediate action to ensure that all public briefings regarding the coronavirus pandemic by President Donald Trump or the White House Coronavirus Taskforce [are] fully accessible to all deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States.”The White House has not responded to a request for comment.

Loretta Murray, executive director of Mill Neck Interpreter Service, which provides ASL interpreters throughout Long Island, called Trump’s failure to include sign language interpreters “disgusting.”

Loretta Murray, executive director of Mill Neck Interpreter Service, which provides ASL interpreters throughout Long Island, called the president’s failure to include sign language interpreters “disgusting.”

In New York, some elected officials — including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio — have included ASL interpreters at their recent news conferences, others have not. Last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo began including ASL interpretation of his news briefings on his website.

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