A speaker stands on a stage behind a podium. A few people are seated at a table nearby. A sign language interpreter is signing next to the speaker.

Governments can engage Deaf citizens who sign by using sign language interpreters in all public government information and communications. Interpreters enable Deaf people to understand government communications and participate in the policy issues of their country. Government officials can review this article to learn how to find and hire qualified sign language interpreters. They also can learn how to ensure that Deaf people are able to see sign language interpreters clearly.

Deaf leaders and advocates can use this article to educate, and advocate with, government officials and the media. Local Deaf organizations can supplement it with information relevant for their own country. For example, they can create a list of local sign language interpreters qualified to interpret government communications.

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