Houston Deaf Focus Group, Part 2

CGLogo_Confetti_ROUNDEDThe Capsule Group and Sign Shares, Inc./ International are holding a Deaf Focus Group in Houston on Saturday, June 4, 2016 to allow participants more time to share their stories about Video Remote Interpreting, or VRI.

The last Focus Group brought up concerns for the Houston Deaf community, including:

  • being denied interpreters,
  • not knowing what VRI is or never having used it,
  • some people being afraid of VRI,
  • and the need to know how to request a live interpreter when VRI is not appropriate.

Question we will address:

  • Have you ever been offered only VRI services in a hospital or medical setting, without the option of a live interpreter?
  • Have you or a loved one ever faced complete denial when requesting a Sign Language Interpreter or CART specialist for a medical or healthcare appointment, or for the emergency room?

If you are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind, or are the family member of someone who is, we encourage you to come and share your thoughts and stories.

The event will be held at the Houston Center for Independent Living at 6201 Bonhomme Rd., Houston, Texas in Suite 150 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 4.

We will provide a light lunch.

Interpreters and CART will be provided. Those who wish to do so may share videos of their experiences within a documentary film.

Let us know if you plan to attend. At that time, tell us if you need meeting materials ahead of time. Agendas will be passed out at the meeting.

Sign Shares, Inc. Phone: (713) 869-4373

Video Phone: Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing:

VP1: 832-431-3854 or VP2: 832-431-4889

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Galveston Rally about the Hardships of VRI

CGLogo_Confetti_ROUNDEDThe Capsule Group and Sign Shares Inc./International are holding a rally in Galveston, Texas on Friday, June 3, 2016 to address Deaf community concerns regarding the use of Video Remote Interpreting, or VRI, in health care settings.

From focus groups, we discovered some individuals are not receiving a choice regarding the way they need to communicate with their health care providers and are being provided with VRI.

Many people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or DeafBlind don’t know they have the choice to request a form of communication that doesn’t provide a barrier to understanding what their health care providers say.

If you prefer or feel a Certified, Live Interpreter matches your accommodations that the American With Disabilities Act requires, come join the Galveston rally to empower your voice and your communities!

The rally will be held from 1p.m.-4 p.m. at Galveston City Hall, Room 100, 823 25th St, Galveston, TX 77550.

The meeting promptly starts at 1 p.m. in the meeting room and finishes on the steps of Galveston City Hall.

Light refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend, send an email to: info@signshares.com and meet us in Room 100 at the Galveston City Hall.

To learn more, see the attached flyer or call Video Phone: Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing: VP1: 832-431-3854 or
VP2: 832-431-4889.

Rally flyer: UPDATED on TIMES amp LOCATION JUNE 3RD-Galveston TX – Rally