National Deaf Rights rally is May 4 in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE —National Deaf Rights rallies will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 simultaneously at state capitols across the country, according to a Deaf Grassroots Movement news release.
The Louisiana branch of the Deaf Grassroots Movement is hosting the rally at the state capitol in Baton Rouge. Guest speakers include Gov. John Bel Edwards and its sponsor, Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith of District 67.
Deaf Grassroots Movement is a national Deaf Rights movement aimed at drawing attention to, identifying and supporting the needs of the deaf, deaf-blind and hard-of-hearing communities across the country.
In Louisiana, the group is working to bring positive changes by overcoming the oppression and the obstacles that the DDBHH community faces on a daily basis.
Deaf Grassroots Movement said that recently, for the first time in Louisiana history, a sign language interpreter stood next to the governor at his state-of-the-state address. DGM also said that interpreters will be a continued effort by his office.