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PWDS Want Screen Size of Sign Language Interpreters Increased

Yona Wasswa, the chairperson of NCPD, says they want the size of the interpreter to be the same as that of the other news anchors. According to Wasswa, the space that was allocated to sign language interpreters is too small, which makes it hard for the deaf to understand what is being communicated.
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The National Council of Persons with Disabilities wants the Uganda Communications Commission-UCC to instruct TV stations to increase the screen size of sign language interpreters.  All TV stations are expected to have a sign language interpreter during news bulletins to help people with hearing impairment understand the news. 

However, aany TV stations position them in the bottom right-hand corner. Now, the council wants TV operators to enlarge the size of the sign language interpreters to make them more visible. 

Yona Wasswa, the chairperson of NCPD, says they want the size of the interpreter to be the same as that of the other news anchors. According to Wasswa, the space that was allocated to sign language interpreters is too small, which makes it hard for the deaf to understand what is being communicated. 


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In addition to this, Wasswa says they also want to regulate the interpreters used, arguing that they have received several complaints from persons with hearing impairments accusing TV stations of hiring incompetent personnel. Wasswa says that many persons with hearing disabilities are left confused after watching some news bulletins.


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The 2013 Communication Act mandates all broadcasting stations to provide sign language interpretation. However, the law was recently implemented by UCC.


Rebecca Mukite, the acting Manager of Public and International Relations at UCC, says that they are working with all required stakeholders to develop new guidelines that will address all the grievances of the council.


"This is a work in progress. UCC is working on guidelines with different stakeholders to enhance the experience of all persons with disabilities. We have met with different stakeholders and soon will have something on the issue,"she said.

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