New Local Law Ensures ASL Interpreters at Emergency Situation Press Conferences

July 9, 2020 – Rochester, New York: Today, Monroe County Executive Adam Bello enacted a new local law entitled “American Sign Language Interpreters at All Monroe County Government Press Conferences Held During Emergency Situations.”
 
Present at the signing were, pictured here (left to right; click on image to enlarge): Brittany Ellenbecker, Director of Community Education and Outreach for Ignite; Brian Doane, a parent and member of Rochester’s Deaf Community; Ron Zuchegno, Certified Deaf Interpreter; Adam Bello, Monroe County Executive; Arlene Sankey, Vice-President and Treasurer of Partners in Deaf Health; Susan Demers-McLetchie, Executive Director of Ignite; and, Sally Atkins, Director of Business Operations at Rochester School for the Deaf.
 
This legislation is intended to ensure adequate emergency communication among individuals who are Deaf and hard of hearing through the provision of a qualified and certified ASL interpreter at all press conferences held during emergency situations including natural and man-made disasters.