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

 

Marlee Matlin to Sign National Anthem with Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl

Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin will perform the national anthem with Lady Gaga at the 50th Super Bowl, according to a report in the Washington Post.

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Lady Gaga’s lyrics normally present special challenges for interpreters, but the Star Spangled Banner is more standardized. photo credit: Gaga Fashion via photopin (license)

Lady Gaga will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl game between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, according to the report. Matlin will perform in American Sign Language, or ASL.

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Marlee Matlin signs her love to fans when she collects her Hollywood star. photo credit: Marlee Matlin via photopin (license)

According to Matlin’s official website, the actress, author, and advocate has “received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures’ Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress … In addition to the Oscar, Marlee received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama.”

Marlee Matlin's Hollywood Star
Marlee Matlin’s star in Los Angeles. photo credit: STAR via photopin (license)

On Twitter, Matlin said, “I am so honored to be performing in ASL alongside the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50!”

Matlin also tweeted, “So excited!! Can’t wait to return to sign my third ! Do you know who the other two I signed with were?”

Matlin performed the national anthem at:

You can see a list of past Super Bowl performers and those who signed with them beginning with Super Bowl XXVI, here at CBS8.com.

On her website, Matlin says, “The opportunity to communicate in sign language, one of the most beautiful languages in the world, is an advantage that deaf people enjoy. It’s a language that combines several elements at once with a simple hand movement and facial expression: meaning, affect, time and duration. It’s just so beautiful that printed or spoken words can’t begin to describe it.”

Marlee Matlin poses with a fan
Marlee Matlin poses with a fan. photo credit: Marlee and Me 365.91 via photopin (license)

Matlin has an app to teach sign language, Marlee Signs, available at iTunes.

The star will return to her role as Melody Bledsoe in Season Five of Switched at Birth (see link for picture with her “son” Emmet filming the new season).

Switched at Birth’s Facebook page hasn’t released an air date for the new season yet, but it should be in August 2016.

Do you need a sign language interpreter for your event? Don’t let Lady Gaga be the only one with an interpreter.

Sign Shares can help!