DeafWire Edition – 3 December 2022

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Interpreter sues organization

Keith Wann, a sign language interpreter sued a non-profit organization, Theatre Development Fund (TDF) for terminating his contract because of his skin color. Wann was contracted to interpret the “Lion King” performance which he accepted. Then several days later, he received another email cancelling the contract after they realized it was not appropriate to have a white interpreter represent Black characters. This story went viral with angry responses from Deaf and hearing people saying Wann should not have accepted an assignment for an all-Black performance. Wann and TDF have since come to settlement.


New Deaf school

When Ramandeep Kaur and her partner found out their daughter, Jaisman, was Deaf, they decided to move from Melbourne, Australia to Batala, India to be closer to other family members. After unsuccesfully enrolling their Deaf child in private schools, Ramandeep learned sign language and has opened a school in their home to welcome other Deaf children. The name of the school is “Jaisman’s School for the Deaf Kids” which currently has 30 students.


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Fundraising for accessibility

Kara Technologies which creates content accessibility using a sign language avatar, has raised $1.3 million NZD ($815,000 USD) in seed funding to further develop use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), motion capture and neural network algorithms to present sign language more accessible to Deaf people in the media.


Council rejects interpreted call

A Deaf person named Bridge in Chicago posted on her Instagram account when her local council hung up on her relay interpreting service phone call. “I feel broken into little pieces,” she shares, “This happened to me today; truthfully, this happens almost every day in most of the places I need to call. It’s extremely hard to be on a video call trying to explain myself through an interpreter, and we still need to deal with certain people telling us to “speak”. The relay interpreting provider informed the Chicago Council (CC) of this situation. The City of Chicago has not responded to our request for comment on this situation.

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New Deaf-owned cafe

Two Deaf people in Groningen who have known each other since high school, decided to turn their love for coffee into running a coffee business. With 105,000 EUR raised on a crowdfunding platform, they launched “Luhu” on 1 October 2022. The café is inside the Deaf Clubhouse on Munnekeholm Street.


Deaf have right to complain through sign language interpreter

New law allows Deaf people to process complaints with help of sign language interpreters. Bill 2075/2021 CR was approved unanimously by the Commission of Social Inclusion and People with Disabilities. Now Deaf people will have less barriers when they need to make a complaint.


National Theatre provides accessibility

Teatro Colón, the country’s National Theatre celebrates its 130th anniversary. It provides accessible cultural spaces including free guided tour with sign language interpreters. Sara Luengas, advisor for Training and Mediation of Audiences of the theater has said “Through exercises, games, discussions, conversations, active listening and sensory explorations, participants can approach opera, dance, music, and theater in this type of space.


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