For the first time, a presidential address to a joint session of Congress will be interpreted

When President Joe Biden addresses Congress on Wednesday, the White House will provide American Sign Language interpretation.


This is the first time any administration has provided the service for a presidential address. It will be Biden's first major speech.


The interpreter will appear in a small box along with Biden.


Howard A. Rosenblum, head of the National Association of the Deaf, said:

"We commend the White House for taking steps to ensure accessibility for all who are watching, including deaf and hard of hearing people," he said. "We urge all TV stations carrying the broadcast to properly display the interpreter in frame or via an appropriately sized picture-in-picture inset without obscuring graphics so that deaf and hard of hearing people can access what is being said."

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