'Don't ignore the deaf'
Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
As the country’s major political parties step up activities for the General Elections, persons with deafness say they are being ignored in the democratic process.
Among the major issues are: the lack of interpreters to communicate in sign language at political meetings and the absence of closed captions during the airing of major political events on television.
Public Relations Officer for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Marcia Anderson, says for some time now, persons with deafness have been complaining about a lack of access to information.
Marcia Anderson, Public Relations Officer for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf.
Meanwhile, research officer at the association Rian Gayle is urging the Electoral Office of Jamaica to ensure that people who are deaf can vote in a free and fair way.
According to him, feedback provided from the 2007 polls indicates that a lack of information and the conduct of some election workers at polling stations prevented many deaf voters from exercising their franchise.