Andrew Cuomo Finally Provides Sign Language Interpreter After Deaf New Yorkers Sue

Summarized by Holly Gerber, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, May 13, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began providing an on-screen American Sign Language interpreter during his televised COVID-19 briefings. This change came two weeks after four deaf New Yorkers and the group Disability Rights New York filed a lawsuit against Cuomo. While ASL interpretation of the daily briefings was available on Cuomo’s website, interpretation was not available on television. New York was, up until May 13, the only state not providing this service. The lack of on-screen interpretation led to deaf New Yorkers without internet access being restricted in accessing information about the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal judge then ordered Cuomo to provide the service, resulting in its implementation on Wednesday.

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