One legislator in Louisiana has dedicated herself to addressing what she calls the “forgotten issue”: the deaf and hard of hearing community, The Advocate reports.
Rep. Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge joined the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf a year ago, at the request of the governor. She said she has worked to make the State Capitol more accommodating for people who are deaf and hard of hearing by pushing for increasing interpreters and staff members who are fluent in American Sign Language.
“I learned things with the commission that gave me some insight as to what kinds of issues [the deaf and hard of hearing community] were having,” Smith said. “I basically just became a friend of theirs.”
She has sponsored a bill to establish a task force on teaching language skills to children who are deaf or hard of hearing to ensure kindergarten readiness.
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