Politicians in the House of Representatives want the Dutch Sign Language to be officially recognised as a language. This means that the government should also provide information in sign language more often, for example at important press conferences.
Yesterday, politicians in the Lower House voted in favour of the new law. Chamber chairman Khadija Arib opened the meeting in sign language:
The abbreviation of Dutch Sign Language is NGT. The language is used by deaf and hearing impaired people to communicate with each other.
It is often difficult for deaf or hearing impaired people to understand information if it is not told in sign language. They are very happy that politicians are now paying more attention to their situation and want to do something about it.
Earlier it was decided that a sign interpreter should always be present at major news events. Then we made this video about that: