Removing sign language interpreters from broadcasts prevents effective communications and can effect the safety of people in our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.
The Independent Living Resource Center is collecting signatures to show the importance of keeping our interpreters in the picture. We have included a downloadable letter, logo, and supporting documentation for you to use when contacting your media representatives.
To Our Media Partners
As a local nonprofit agency, we respectfully request that your news station considers the importance of including sign language interpreters in your broadcast. Signed language interpreters provide a form of effective communication to our citizens who are our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Though your station may provide Closed Captioning, not everyone is able to access information using this form of communication.
By cropping out the sign language interpreter from a broadcast prevents effective communication and could significantly impact the safety of members from this community. We’ve attached language from the United States Department of Justice to reference, on effective ways to provide effective communication.
The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) is your local Center for Independent Living. Our mission is to empower independence for all people with a disability and create pathways for access. The ILRC has a pool of nationally certified interpreters with Level 2 background clearance through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). If you would like more information on our sign language services or to make a request, please visit ASLJax.org.
Will you help us Stop the Crop and keep sign language interpreters in the picture?