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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. Two videos with ASL, captions, and audio )
jesse_the_k: drawings of white hand in ASL handshapes W T F (WTF)
That Deaf Guy is a newspaper-style comic strip that's been funny for five years. I found it today, and I grinned through every one. (No text descriptions, tragically.)

click through for image, my description follows here
http://www.thatdeafguy.com/?p=106

[Image description: At a restaurant, two women at a table look over at a booth where a child, father, and mother are signing. The child is signing "Yes," the father is signing, "You have to poop right now?" and the mother is signing, "This minute?" One of the woman at the table says "Isn't sign language beautiful?" Description ends]
jesse_the_k: drawings of white hand in ASL handshapes W T F (WTF)
I just turned away a door-to-door salesman.

Not surprising

He was selling the Bible.

As you do.

The Bible on DVD in American Sign Language.

boggle

What were the chances that a Deaf, ASL-using, Christian would answer the door?

I didn't tell him he'd hit upon a queer hearing former interpreter secular Jew
jesse_the_k: Sketch of pair of hands captioned "If you're OCD and you know it wash your hands" (OCD handwasher)
A useful dialog about ASL and captioning re: increasing numbers of people with disabilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (abbreviated STEM by educator types).

Among the many resources in that discussion was the
ASL-STEM project developing standardized ASL signs for common STEM jargon, to cut back on the extensive finger-spelling. I found this for dampened oscillation to be particularly lovely:

Description Non-dominant 1 hand faces out. Touched by tip of dominant hand, which then draws a tall oscillating curve that rapidly shortens to flat. At flat the dominant handshape changes from 1 to bent B, with "smooth" tongue thrust.

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