- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Nearly 200 people marched at the Oklahoma Capitol in support of expanded services for the deaf community.

Participants from Oklahoma’s Deaf Grassroots Movement joined a national effort on Wednesday to demonstrate the needs of the deaf in education, employment and access to communication.

Deaf Grassroots Movement spokesman Chris Reagle says unemployment rates are particularly high for the deaf and that they often face discrimination in the workplace and barriers in education. Reagle says one of the goals nationally is to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act to include services geared toward the deaf.

In Oklahoma, Reagle says the group is pushing specifically for more deaf interpreters to help children in public schools.

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