GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Tuesday was the first day the council had a sign language interpreter at a council meeting. According to Council President Rusty Walker, some council members are actively involved with the deaf community and served as a voice for the deaf by communicating how difficult it really is for them to participate in local government.
Walker said this is a way for the city to give them equal access and offer effective communication.
"We thought it was the right thing to do. Whether we're the first or whether we're the last we wanted to do it. We have community members that need that type of service. So that they could participate," Walker explained.
De L'epee Deaf Center is offering the interpreters. The interpreters are largely paid through a CDBG grant.