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Use of sign language to be investigated

15:05 Mon Apr 30 2012
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The Human Rights Commission is investigating the use of sign language in New Zealand (Getty)
The Human Rights Commission is investigating the use of sign language in New Zealand (Getty)

The Human Rights Commission is investigating the use of sign language in a bid to reduce discrimination against deaf people.

"Deaf New Zealanders face barriers to full participation in society every day," said Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson.

From July, a commission team will begin work on an official public inquiry into the use of New Zealand Sign Language and how it can be strengthened.

New Zealand Sign Language is the third official language and better acceptance of it will help reduce the many issues of discrimination that came to the commission's notice each year, Mr Gibson says.