New York Gov. Cuomo Sued Over Lack of ASL Interpreters at Briefings

New York Gov. Cuomo Sued Over Lack of ASL Interpreters at Briefings

Deaf residents say they are being denied information on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Disability rights advocates accuse New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of excluding deaf people from his daily briefings, CNN reports.Disability Rights New York, which represents the interests of disabled New Yorkers, filed a lawsuit in federal court last week.

The lawsuit names four deaf New York state residents and urges Cuomo to provide an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter in all of his future briefings.

The lawsuit states that Cuomo is in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits state and local governments from discriminating against individuals with disabilities, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires public entities to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled residents.

“It is inexplicable that during this pandemic, the Governor would choose not to have ASL interpreters at his daily live televised briefings,” said Timothy Clune, the group’s executive director, in a statement. “As a result, deaf New Yorkers are unable to obtain vital life and death information at the time they need it most.”

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