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Disability Rights Florida makes repeated requests to Governor DeSantis for American Sign Language interpreters at press briefings

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Disability Rights Florida has notified Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office by phone and email on several occasions expressing our concern regarding his lack of compliance under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act at press and news conferences addressing issues related to COVID-19. We have respectfully requested his office comply by providing an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter to effectively communicate with the over 800,000 Floridians who are deaf and hard of hearing so they can receive this extremely important life-affecting information.

To date, the Governor's office has not responded to DRF and Gov. DeSantis continues to repeatedly hold briefings without an ASL interpreter present. Our organization believes this demonstrates a blatant disregard for the safety and welfare of Floridians who are deaf or hard of hearing. Have you or someone you know missed valuable information or a critical deadline because an ASL interpreter wasn’t present at a news conference on television? If you are concerned that you are not receiving the vital information you need during this pandemic, please call our office at 1-800-342-0843 or visit our Contact Info page for more options, including online intake.

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