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        1/13/2014, Shevat 12, 5774

      Deaf, Hearing Impaired Left Out of State Ceremonies


      Executive Director Yael Kakun of the Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel, complained, Monday, about the lack of a translator to sign language at offical state ceremonies. Referring specificly to the state memorial service for former prime minister Ariel Sharon, she said an entire public was kept out of the goodbye.

      Kakun noted that there are about 700,000 deaf and hearing-impaired people living in the country. She said the time had come for a sign-language interpreter to be an integral part of every state ceremony.