Kansas Legislature Sued Over Lack of Access for the Deaf

Kansas Legislature Sued Over Lack of Access for the Deaf

Activist wants sign language interpreters for legislative sessions.

A Kansas activist is asking the state’s highest court to require the Legislature to provide sign-language interpreters for its sessions, the Associated Press reports.

Chris Haulmark, of Olathe, filed a petition last week with the Kansas Supreme Court. He argues that state and federal law and the Kansas Constitution require accommodations for the deaf and hard of hearing.

He also wants better captioning for the Legislature’s audio and video feeds.

Haulmark is asking the court to require the Legislature to provide a professional interpreting team for House and Senate sessions. He also wants lawmakers to provide real-time captions for the video of their sessions and audio of committee meetings, and to post transcripts of their meetings on the Legislature’s website.

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