Major industrialized nations like the U.S. and New Zealand offer real-time sign language interpretation at public briefings.
At a regular press conference accompanied by a sign language interpreter, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced that similar interpretation services will become available for Korean government briefings starting next year.
"The U.S. and many other advanced countries have been implementing sign language interpretation in government announcements, but since we haven't been able to do that yet, we're looking to start from next year."
Real-time sign language interpretations will be provided at regular Blue House briefings, government joint briefings, briefings for disaster situations and events for the five national holidays.
If necessary, the government will also provide translation videos within 24 hours of briefings without interpreters.
In 2016, the Korean Sign Language law established Korean Sign Language as an official language for the deaf in Korea with equal status as the Korean language.
This means national and local governments are required to provide translation services in sign language for the deaf whenever necessary.
Park Se-young, Arirang News.