1. JacalynStover
    July 2, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

    I have tried to use the IRA 8008291040 to have free iqualified interpreters for hiring as business write off to doctors, hospitals and medical offices therapy too
    Another way is to emphasize the
    504 law that enforced the needs to have qualified interpreters at work, meetings, airports, public schools and hospitals.
    If one becomes deaf as lost hearing then you need learn sign language, lipread to understand what interpreter say with police, dr, any public person of all trades.


  2. Jeanne Lambert
    July 3, 2017 @ 1:47 pm

    This doesn’t give Deaf patients as the Hearing people.. 1) Hearing can hear cleary what doctors say when Deaf can not sure blurry TV with VRI. That shows no equal access to information!
    2) Deaf have to wait for TV to be fixed while pains are unbearable! Again that shows no equal access by waiting longer when it could be quickly solved if one gets live interpreter!


    • Jeanne Lambert
      July 3, 2017 @ 1:50 pm

      Sure should be replaced with see blurry TV. Autocorrect did that….


  3. Bruce Adelson
    July 7, 2017 @ 1:54 am

    Thank you for your comments. The federal law of effective communications for people with disabilities is complex, with many twists and turns. VRI, when operated correctly (for example, when the VRI image is clear and not blurry) and appropriately, as defined by federal law, can provide effective communications for deaf and hard of hearing people.


    • SRBlake
      August 27, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

      Sign Language is three dimensional .. not flat as this remote interpreting!! Even if there is no depixilization .. there continues to be lack of depth.. which changes the nuances of the language..


      • Bruce Adelson
        August 29, 2018 @ 3:39 pm

        Thank you for your comment. I understand your concerns. The blog post was reporting the court’s decision. The appeals court did not address these considerations in its ruling.


  4. Michele A Walsh
    August 6, 2017 @ 2:11 am

    That all depends on the Deaf indiviindividuals understanding of what is being communicated, not the hearing persons understanding. There is a difference. There are many Deaf individuals who have a condition known as Ushers Syndrome. Unfortunately not many nurses or physicians are aware of this situation and a VRI is of no use to the Deaf consumer, they need a live interpreter. Thank you


  5. Karen Hill
    August 7, 2017 @ 8:08 pm

    It depends on where the deaf patient lives. Not every place has in-person interpreting services available at all hours any day of any week. So VRI is often necessary whether the deaf patient likes it or not. He needs to recognize that he may not be the only deaf patient at that moment. This is especially true in emergency situations.


  6. Lu Buterbaugh
    August 16, 2017 @ 4:25 pm

    To Who most concerns,

    ….Maybe this would help more understanding clear point here…. By the way, my English here may not that wonderful for any of you to understand how you be able to clear a big puzzles of a picture.

    …… For example for Hearing disliked to listen any kind of statics sounds while they’re trying to listen to that very important information for all of our safety during very terrible bad storms or even earthquakes, they fixed their statics quickly, not for Deaf as instructed!!!!

    …..Another example Hearing interpreters whoever have their limited education which this continuing for years to provide Deaf our effective communication which we Deaf been more suffering to receiving us Deaf more deeply effectively communication as a real alive interpreter, continuing to be continue bear to work with any interpreters due to their limited education because some interpreters whoever not been in any of Doctor’s colleges to have these vocabularies to understand clear….. during go through chemos or such any medication therapy with all of statically pictures for a Deaf person to understand his/her health conditions how to taking care of himself/herself with all of wrongly information due to that kind of statically effective communication interpreter’s skills because they interpreters not have any of doctors vocabularies whizzing caused cracking down health conditions then who’s fault in this matters?

    …..I’m here to encouraging many nurses and doctors to learn how to use our Deaf ASL becoming more effective communication than continue having misunderstanding in many areas…..

    Lu Buterbaugh


  7. Jennifer Kearney
    April 2, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

    I agree that live interpreters are the something that would be most suitable for communicating with deaf people, but VRIs are the second best thing when live interpreters are not available for some reason.
    But technology is advancing every single day and blurry screens should not be allowed.
    Here’s an article I came across with an interesting angle on the subject:


    • Tim Blackman
      April 10, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

      Thank you Jennifer for your comments! Each interpreting modality definitely has its place. It’s the job of health care providers to properly access each situation to determine the best modality for every individual.


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