Judge Orders Cuomo to Make Briefings More Accessible to the Deaf

Judge Orders Cuomo to Make Briefings More Accessible to the Deaf

Covid-19 briefings must have sign language interpreters.
On Monday evening a federal judge ordered New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to use a sign language interpreter during his daily Covid press briefings, the Buffalo News reports.

Disability Rights New York sued the Democratic governor last month to try to force him to share the TV broadcast frame with an American Sign Language interpreter during his coronavirus press briefings.
Back in March the group asked the governor to make the briefings more accessible via broadcast TV to deaf New Yorkers by including an interpreter. The administration provided closed captioning of the briefings at first, and then tapped a sign language interpreter.But unlike other governors, Cuomo did not include the interpreter in the state-provided TV signal that is distributed to local, state and national broadcasters each day during his Covid-19 briefings.

Instead, the signal was offered via a separate link on the internet, and advocates for deaf people said that was inadequate, partly because of spotty broadband service in many parts of the state.

On Monday U.S. District Court Judge Valerie Caproni granted the advocacy group a preliminary injunction and ordered Cuoma to immediately commence “in-frame” broadcasts of his Covid briefings with a sign language interpreter.

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