Review: How do you sign ‘don’t drink bleach’?

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Review: How do you sign ‘don’t drink bleach’?

Review: How do you sign ‘don’t drink bleach’?

This news article highlights the importance of having sign language interpreters available in real-time to provide lifesaving information from government leaders during press conferences.

To keep Americans safe, it is important that all people have access to important information amid the COVID-19 pandemic. American Sign Language (ASL) is the clearest and most broadly understood form of communication among the Deaf community. This new group of essential workers has had to learn an entirely new lexicon with this pandemic, often requiring on-the-fly interpretation essential to helping people who are deaf or hearing-impaired understand safety information. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires “functionally equivalent” communication, yet federal loopholes have allowed some government leaders, particularly the president of the United States, to avoid having interpreters and instead simply adding delayed closed captioning to videos later. Advocates argue that communicating via ASL in real-time is a “moral imperative” when every person needs to know what to do to avoid infecting others.

|2020-04-27T09:50:42-04:00April 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: How do you sign ‘don’t drink bleach’?

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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