Critics say sign language interpreter sent mixed message during Irma

Critics say sign language interpreter sent mixed message during Irma

In the end, the deaf community maintains that the county is the one to blame for this fiasco, knowing that asking someone who isn't certified in the highest levels of sign language communication should not be required to convey emergency information during a press conference of this nature.

Hilarity ensued when an amateur interpreter for the deaf tried to work a press pre-Hurricane Irma press conference "in a pinch" and started signing words like "monster", "bear", and "pizza" instead of, well, the actual words that were being spoken.

"It was obvious to me he wasn't a professional interpreter".

Manatee County leaders asked Marshall Greene to pitch in shortly before they were to address the public with "crucial" information, New York Post said in a report.

Nick Azzara, a spokesperson for Manatee County, told the Bradenton Herald that they asked Greene to sign during the briefing as opposed to having no interpreter at all. He was one of several people who, while seeing the event unfold, began to type what county officials were saying in the Facebook comments section so those who could not hear them could be informed.

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Nelson Mandela memorial: An interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial in 2013 signed gibberish, leaving many questioning if it was a distasteful prank. She said she was horrified when she saw the broadcast.

Charlene McCarthy, the founder of VisCom sign language interpretation service agency, said she wished the county would have called her.

"It was horribly unnerving for me", she explained. "I was totally shocked", he told us.

Leaders for the deaf community expressed shock over how Manatee County had handled the situation. "But within the hour they called back and cancelled". County leaders tell WFLA they learned a lesson after making a mistake. But she claims no one from the county ever called her.

The former president of the National Association of the Deaf knew right off the bat that something wasn't right.

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