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Public events in sign language

Councilors of the Leftist Green Party in Reykjavík suggested yesterday that public events in the capital should be translated into sign language.

Svandís Svavarsdóttir, councilor for the Leftist Greens, told Bladid that this was a human rights matter, and that although the city had come a long way in improving accessibility for the disabled, its 250 deaf inhabitants were still left out.

Svavarsdóttir said everyone should be able to participate as citizens and that Reykjavík had a chance to become a role model for other communities in Iceland.

She suggested that the city could start by translating major events into sign language, such as the events taking place on the national holiday each year, 17 June.

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