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Senate welcomes pilot Sign Language interpretation programme

Published:Friday | January 17, 2014 | 5:15 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Parliament used this morning’s Senate sitting to implement a pilot Sign Language interpretation programme.

Under the programme, interpreters will sign for hearing-impaired visitors to meetings of the Senate and for hearing-impaired viewers of televised Senate proceedings.

The Senate president, Floyd Morris, who is blind, welcomed the initiative.

The pilot is scheduled to run for one month at which point it will be evaluated using feedback from the public.

The Parliament expects to put in place sign language interpretation for both the Senate and the House of Representatives by mid-year.

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