Since I don’t know sign language myself, I have no way to authenticate the captions presented on this video posted to YouTube that claims to provide accurate subtitles to the sign language interpreter’s hand gestures, but I certainly hope it wasn’t this bad:
Last year in South Carolina as Hurricane Matthew headed our way, then-Gov. Nikki Haley had Jason Hurdich, a nationally certified deaf interpreter, by her side signing to the deaf community as she relayed critical information. Hurdich was initially criticized for what appeared to be overly-exaggerated gestures and facial expressions.
Besides communicating with the deaf audience, Hurdich also certainly raised awareness about the communication gap for the deaf population for those who may have never paid any attention to a sign language interpreter.
It’s just a shame that Florida authorities missed the chance to learn how important it is to make sure all of their bases were covered when an even bigger storm was approaching their coast.
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