France

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Usually the French President addresses the nation from his office with an interpreter on a medallion, but on the 25th March 2020 for the first time ever Mr Macron addressed the nation with an interpreter on the spot besides him and even while being on a trip.

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Daily press conferences of the Ministry of Health are regularly accessible in French Sign Language.

Also, the government has created a special website about covid-19 as well.

The call number that was not accessible in the beginning has been made available in French Sign Language and it is free of charge, due to the requests of the French Deaf Association.

Moreover, there are two awareness-raising campaigns that are interpreted and they are broadcasted everywhere.

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Belgium is organised into three communities (Flemish-speaking, French-speaking, and the German-speaking) as well as regions (Flemish, Walloon, and the bilingual Brussels-capital region). This division leads to two deaf associations being in place, Flemish speaking and French speaking Federations of the Deaf Belgians.

Conclusion

Conclusion

Five years after the adoption of the Strategy the situation for deaf people has still not improved sufficiently and there is still a long way to go to ensure full inclusion for all.For deaf people, accessible information and communication is the key issue to ensure full inclusion and participation in society.