lundi 26 septembre 2011

Special European elected officials.


An Austrian member of the National Assembly deaf and dumb.

        
The beautiful blonde Helene Jarma, elected Ecologist Green Party in the Austrian National Assembly 7 June 2009 is deaf and dumb.
        
Born August 8, 1971 deaf and dumb parents, she lost hearing at the age of two years after a car accident. Professor of mathematics and drawing, she took special studies for the deaf in Austria and the University of Washington in American Sign Language.
        
The elected dumb is assisted at all times a sign language interpreter and all proceedings at meetings of the Austrian Parliament must now be translated into sign language.
        
To swear she managed with difficulty to pronounce the two words "ich gelobe" to the applause of all elected Austrian colleagues Greens shaking hands, clapping language translation of the deaf.
        
Helene Jarma is the third member with a disability in Europe, after the Hungarian MEP Adam Kosa and the Belgian parliamentary Helga Stevens, both deaf.

A Swiss minister blind.

        
In the canton of Ticino, Switzerland Italian, Manuele Bertoli was State Councillor (Minister cantonal) April 10, 2010. He is blind as a result of a degenerative disease. His candidacy has sparked controversy, some of his compatriots who have questionned his ability to govern because of his disability.
        
Law degree in 1988, Manuele Bertoli is director of Unitas, an association of visually impaired and blind, and he chaired the Socialist Party cantonal. Born on  September 29, 1961 at Balerna, he gradually lost his sight as a result of a degenerative disease.
         He serves on the Grand Council in 1998 after a career in politics at the municipal level.
"Younger, when I entered the competition to become a teacher, the cantonal physician told me I could not see well enough. And now I am the politician Schools (...) I may be a symbol. But being a symbol, it is sometimes hard to bear. I hope I'm not going to crash. " Says the Ticino to romand journal, Le Temps, before bursting into laughter.
        
Thanks to technology, the Minister is working without assistance. It uses Jaws ("jaws"), a program that "reads" aloud everything displayed by the screen.

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