EMERGENCY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS SHOULD BE AUSLAN ACCESSIBLE: GREENS

The Greens have called for emergency service announcements to be translated into Auslan (Australian Sign Language), ensuring they are fully accessible for deaf and hard of hearing South Australians.

Greens MLC Tammy Franks said: “It is essential that emergency service announcements are accessible to everyone, including deaf and hard of hearing South Australians. This is why the Greens are calling for a comprehensive plan to have announcements interpreted by accredited Auslan interpreters who are trained in emergency announcements.

“This must be across the whole range of services in the state, including SES, CFS, MFS, SA Health, SAPOL and PIRSA. It should also apply to emergency announcements about transport and the disruption of emergency services.

“The Greens are calling on whoever forms government after Saturday’s State Election to develop a plan in conjunction with Deaf Australia and the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association, ensuring that South Australians who are deaf or hard of hearing are not put at greater risk during an emergency incident

“This commitment will require an investment in training and infrastructure, while also ensuring that relevant websites are complaint, but it is an essential investment in equality and one that has the potential to save lives. It will also ensure we meet our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

“The Greens believe all South Australians, including those who depend on Auslan to communicate, should have proper access to emergency service announcements,” she concluded.

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