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Sign Language programme to be introduced in the Senate

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2013 | 9:05 AM

Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart yesterday announced that a Sign Language Interpreting Programme will be piloted in the Senate in January.



He said the move is part of efforts toward more inclusivity for persons with disabilities.



Peart said the programme will allow the hearing impaired to observe meetings from the gallery and have better access to parliamentary proceedings.



He said the programme will be expanded in mid 2014 to include meetings of the House of Representatives.



Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives were yesterday presented with copies of the United Nations Handbook for Parliamentarians on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.



Labour and Social Security Minister said members of the Senate will also receive copies to assist with the promotion of the rights of the disabled.



He was speaking in light of yesterday’s observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.



He has also called for persons living with disabilities to be included in all aspects of national development.



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