December 7, 2021
American Sign Language Interpretation included on broadcast this Spring
“The Legislative Assembly of Alberta will be expanding its accessibility at the start of Spring Session in 2022,” said Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Using picture in picture, broadcasts of the Daily Routine, including Oral Question Period, will be provided with American Sign Language (ASL).
The Legislative Assembly of Alberta will be one of the few jurisdictions in Canada to provide ASL Interpretation on a daily basis. The Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts first piloted ASL Interpretation on its broadcast during its May 18 meeting with Community and Social Services.
“Like many who produce media content for the public, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta has used closed captioning as a part of its broadcasts for years,” explained Cooper during the pilot, “We are continually reviewing ways to make our work more accessible to the public.”
The exact start date of the Spring session will be determined in the New Year, after the sessional calendar is released, and at that time Albertans can watch with the addition of ASL on Alberta Assembly TV (TELUS channel 843, Shaw cable channel 930 and Shaw BlueCurve TV channel 263), Assembly social media (including YouTube live feed, Twitter and Facebook), and online at assemblyonline.assembly.ab.ca/harmony
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Manager of Corporate Communications
Legislative Assembly of Alberta