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  • The Houses of Parliament will pilot a Sign Language Interpretation programme for the hearing impaired in January 2014.
  • The Parliament would employ the services of a sign language interpreter.
  • The Sign Language programme would be expanded to include meetings of both Houses by mid-2014.

As part of its efforts to make Parliamentary activities more accessible to the disabled community, the Houses of Parliament will pilot a Sign Language Interpretation programme for the hearing impaired in January 2014.

The announcement was made during the meeting of the House of Representatives on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In a brief statement, Speaker of the House the Hon. Michael Peart explained that during the month of January, the Parliament would employ the services of a sign language interpreter who will sign for hearing-impaired visitors to meetings of the Senate and for hearing-impaired viewers of televised Senate proceedings.

The Speaker further explained that the Sign Language programme would be expanded to include meetings of both Houses by mid-2014. He also mentioned that facilities for the physically challenged would be put in place in due course.