Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Making History in NZ

The New Zealand Parliament made history today, Mojo Mathers, the first deaf member of the body, gave her first speech. Since Mathers' speech was translated into sign language, the 13 other members of the Green party who spoke had their speeches translated into sign language as well. Ironically, Parliamentary Services is refusing to pay for Mathers to have an electronic note taker during sessions, saying she should pay for it herself. During her speech, Mathers addressed the issue, saying, "No (member of Parliament) with a disability should be expected to fund their participation in the House in this way." She also called on Parliament TV to offer captioning so that all New Zealanders could have access to political debate. Read more about Mathers here.

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