Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was sued on Monday for failing to provide an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter during his press conferences and televised briefings regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the current hurricane season.
Disability Rights Florida, the National Association of the Deaf and four deaf and hard of hearing Floridians filed a complaint to a federal judge accusing DeSantis of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The complaint states that there have been at least 48 instances since March 2 where DeSantis has discussed pandemic-related information such as school and business closures, testing, social distancing and other safety precautions without an in-frame ASL interpreter.
Closed captioning is not provided on all television channels, and the lawsuit states that when it is included, the text frequently includes errors or omissions that make it “difficult or impossible” for individuals who are deaf to understand.
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