Update from Oliver Ferguson – 9th April 2020

Tena koutou.

It is very pleasing to see everyone in New Zealand staying in their own bubbles, keeping themselves safe.

I would like to give thanks to the mainstream media for continuing to provide access for the Deaf Community by way of NZSL interpreters on the screen for Live TV. This is fantastic. I hope this continues.

I would also like to thank the interpreters for their time and effort to offer this service.

The Deaf Aotearoa Executive Board would like to say that it is fantastic to see the Deaf Community work together, keeping in touch via Zoom and Skype, and other technologies.

On Wednesday, 8th April 2020, the World Federation for the Deaf President and Board Members had a meeting with the National Associations of the Deaf from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji (Oceania Region). This was a meeting to talk about accessibility for the Deaf Community during the COVID-19 crisis. This information is being given to WFD to help support those countries that are lacking in accessibility support for their Deaf Communities.

Please remember to keep yourselves safe and stay home.

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