ANSA Promotes Accessibility Law in Angola

Africa, September 29 2016

LUANDA: The National Association of Deaf People (ANSA) has been working in the divulgence of the Accessibility Law, by pushing for its promotion in the media in their language.

According to the interpreter of the institution, Adão Luciano, who spoke Wednesday to ANGOP in the ambit of the celebrations of the World Deaf Day, to be marked on 30 September, people with hearing disability have been complaining about being discriminated against, due to the fact that they do not get information in their language.

He said the association has been approaching state institutions in order to have the Accessibility Law diffused in their sign language, as well as other citizenship rights.

On 19 May, this year, the National Assembly approved the Accessibility Law, which, among other things, makes it compulsory for television channels to have sign language translators and the traffic-lights to function with sound signals to help people with hearing disabilities.

ANSA controls about 2000 deaf members in Luanda and currently it has branches in five provinces of the country. The institution was founded in the year 2000.

According to the 2014 Population Census, Angola has roughly 35,664 people with some sort of hearing impairment.

Source: Angola Press

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