Hurricane Irma signing was 'horrible and embarrassing,' says deaf interpreter

bradenton | 9/10/2017 | Staff
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A well-known certified deaf interpreter said the signing that one person did at a Manatee County Emergency Operations Center update was “horrible and embarrassing.”

Residents have been receiving regular updates as Hurricane Irma is expected to track through the Tampa Bay area later Sunday. But for deaf residents, the information has been less clear.

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Jason Hurdich, a Clemson University professor known for his animated interpretations of American Sign Language, said the interpreter at the Friday update at noon was translating incoherent and incomplete information for the deaf audience, as officials told residents that there would be a mandatory evacuation for residents in Zone A.

Hurdich told the Bradenton Herald through an interpreter that he first learned about the video on a Facebook group called Live Access ASL.

“We were just shocked,” he said.

Manatee County spokesman Nick Azzara told a Herald reporter that the interpreter, a Manatee County lifeguard, has a brother who is deaf and was...
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