Thursday 12 December, 2019

WATCH: Deaf included in 80th BLP Annual Conference

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley delivering her annual conference address. Bonnie Leonce (inset)

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley delivering her annual conference address. Bonnie Leonce (inset)

The deaf community of Barbados can hold their hands up and shake them enthusiastically to laud the organisers of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) 80th Annual Conference.

As the Leader of this nation, Prime Minister Mia Mottley delivers her feature address in the school hall at The Lodge School in St. John.

While the hearing public listens in the audience or via the live stream online, the deaf persons in Barbados too can follow along as Bonnie Leonce of Signature Interpretations signs on stage and inset via the stream.

 

This is not a first for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

During the election campaign, members of the deaf community called on the BLP to take such steps as to include them, and they did for some of their political meetings.

Noting that despite the absence of interpreters at polling stations, the eligible voters amongst the deaf went out and cast their votes on May 24, 2018, along with the hearing public, and once again they have just reason to celebrate.

The inclusion of an interpreter at Annual Conference affirms the words of the Prime Minister during her address that the BLP is a government of the whole country, "all 166 square miles". 

 

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