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The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

This excellent article highlights big troubles.

https://intomore.com/into/a-sign-of-trouble-the-hiv-crisis-in-the-deaf-community/f8ff168f3766425d

Just one story:

A gay Deaf man new to DC attempts to set up an interpreted appoint at a queer friendly clinic; after waiting for 45 minutes he's escorted to a room with a video relay interpreter:

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All I wanted to do was to set up an appointment at a later date with the doctor and a live ASL interpreter. That’s all I want.

She looked at the note, smiled, and wrote, “We don’t do that here. ASL interpreters are expensive. This is a cheaper alternative.”

I looked at the note, shook my head, “No.” I got the feeling that this was not going to be a “Deaf-friendly” nor “Deaf accessible” and got up and started to leave when she grabbed my arm. I looked at her quizzically with her writing furiously on the note. She wrote, “You do qualify for our services but you have to understand, we can’t afford it.”

I looked at her disappointedly and wrote: “I find it ironic that the HIV-positive community is knowledgeable with the ADA law and uses it to the betterment for the community and yet can’t provide for their own.”

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Some context: Since Washington DC is home to Gallaudet University, they have a very large and skilled interpreter workforce.

This Canadian video, aimed at educating providers:

Project HOPE in Massachusetts offers scores of sex ed videos:

http://www.deafinconline.org/services/ph/

This one does a good job explaining Deaf experiences with HIV testing:

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Date: 2017-08-16 09:36 am (UTC)
lilysea: Oracle (Oracle: wheelchair fighting)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
She looked at the note, smiled, and wrote, “We don’t do that here. ASL interpreters are expensive. This is a cheaper alternative.”

I looked at the note, shook my head, “No.” I got the feeling that this was not going to be a “Deaf-friendly” nor “Deaf accessible” and got up and started to leave when she grabbed my arm. I looked at her quizzically with her writing furiously on the note. She wrote, “You do qualify for our services but you have to understand, we can’t afford it.”


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Re: Yes, yes it does

Date: 2017-08-16 12:27 pm (UTC)
lilysea: Oracle 3 (Oracle: thoughful)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
I had a minor argument with my SO just now in which he couldn't understand why a video relay interpreter wasn't good enough

"because my old [Australian Federal Government] workplace always used to use over-the-telephone interpreters for people who didn't speak English."

I tried to explain

a) possibly the camera couldn't take in both Dr and patient at once

b) possibly there was time lag, which matters when you only get 10 minutes with the Dr

c) in sign language, the *speed* with which you sign changes the meaning (like tone of voice in speaking)

but none of these arguments convinced him.

Possibly if I was less exhausted, I would have been able to muster a more compelling argument...

(It just now occurs to me that I could have said: remember all the less-than-ideal practices your workplace had that you've told me about in the past? Telephone interpreters, instead of in-person interpreters, was another less-than-ideal practice that your workplace had...)

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Date: 2017-08-16 03:11 pm (UTC)
lilysea: Oracle 3 (Oracle: thoughful)
From: [personal profile] lilysea
Yes.

We left it as "Okay, maybe I could convince you if I was less exhausted, but I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree on this issue. But your comment that VR was good-enough irked me."

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Date: 2017-08-21 08:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wild_irises
I thought you'd like to know that I just blogged this and the John Lee Clark post below at Body Impolitic, giving you your props (of course).

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