TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Access denied to Deaf communities of the
world on a day of admiration for a great leader is an insult.
The fake sign language interpreter at Mandela's memorial ceremony on
Tuesday in South Africa ridicules the life of the legend. Not only was
access denied to Deaf people, a mockery was made of the languages of
In the face of Mandela's dedication to equality, treating Deaf people as
second-class citizens is outrageous. CCRW demands an apology to Deaf
communities of the world and an uncut video of the memorial service
with proper sign language interpretation released.
"Denying access to a community is unacceptable. To mock the language of
that community is disgusting. Imagine any other language being
translated into gibberish - that would not be tolerated, and neither
should this atrocity" commented Maureen Haan, President and CEO of
CCRW. "It is imperative that Canada not accept this type of
At work, home or in the community, CCRW supports appropriate access for
all people with disabilities or who are Deaf.
SOURCE: Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW)
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