DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2014
— probably the rarest deaf event in history!
an extremely rare deaf event took place, possibly
the first time. Two deaf sisters, both pregnant,
gave births within few hours of each other – at
the same hospital! It happened at the Union Hospital.
Interpreters? Yes, two separate groups of interpreters
were hired for this once-in-a-lifetime event. No way
would one interpreter be traveling back and forth
between both sisters’ beds and their doctors.
— yes captions and no captions
going on right now is the Commonwealth Games, which is
like “Britishlympics” involving about 70 nations related
to Great Britain – Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc. It is a big
event that holds high interest among sports-lovers
in the Commonwealth nations. These games are being
televised. Captions for the deaf? In Scotland, the
deaf are very happy because there are captions.
In New Zealand, the deaf are very unhappy because
of no captions. Not sure why couldn’t these captions
be shared with all 70 English speaking nations instead
of just a few lucky British-speaking nations?
— many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting
many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
Why? Many reasons – many deaf patients are not good
with sign language; slow internet connection; poor
picture on the screen; one can only see faces on the
screen, not full body; many hospital engineers do not
know how to fix video problems; VRI is disconnected
while waiting for doctor’s review of medical tests;
when doctor comes back, the video is turned on only
to find a new and different interpreter; many VRI
interpreters do not know medical signs; etc. What
is the best solution – real interpreter in person!
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