WH Must Provide ASL Interpreters At COVID Briefings

The Hill reports:

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the White House must provide sign language interpreters during public coronavirus briefings starting Oct. 1.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the White House to include a qualified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for any news conference related to coronavirus matters conducted by the president, vice president or White House press secretary held on White House grounds or any federal agency.

The ruling says the interpreter could be in the frame physically near the speaker, or off-site using the picture-in-picture feature. The White House is required to make the interpreter feeds accessible online and on television.