National Association Of The Deaf Sues To Compel White House To Use Sign Language Interpreters During COVID-19 Briefings.

August 3, 2020

CNN International (8/3, Polantz) reports, “The National Association of the Deaf and five deaf Americans are suing the White House in an attempt to force President Donald Trump and other top officials to have American Sign Language interpreters at Covid-19 briefings.” The plaintiffs have “asked a federal judge to order the White House to add live televised ASL interpretation at all public coronavirus briefings.” The suit contends “the lack of live sign language interpretation violates the First Amendment of the US Constitution.” The lawsuit says “not only are [deaf and hard of hearing] Americans being denied the opportunity to understand any communication from the President of the United States during this critical time, they are also being denied the opportunity to access information, analysis, and updates from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx – two renowned public health experts.”

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