The demand for American Sign Language interpreters is rising and and we need to increase the availability of them in our society. By funding this project, more certified interpreters will be available at public places to help assist the Deaf community. This helps to preserve the Deaf culture by helping them feel as though they belong in today's society. Deaf culture is definitely something that needs to be preserved since no matter what new technology that arises, a need for interpreters will always be around and they should be accessible for everyone in the Deaf/HOH (hard of hearing) community.
This article discusses that if you are Deaf and need medical attention, your options are limited. In most hospitals, they don't have an interpreter on staff and instead use a device that includes a monitor with interpretations. While this device takes time to set up and can be difficult to get working. By having interpreters on staff this problem is eliminated.
This article shares a first hand experience of a Deaf patient who was in an ER and could not receive adequate medical attention because of a lack of ability to communicate. These barriers for the Deaf community need to be broken.
Across Uganda, the Deaf community has continuously asked the government for interpreters. They believe this violates their right of being treated as equal to the rest of the population. The Deaf community needs to be preserved and assisted by having the basic human right to communicate.
A Deaf man struggled to get proper medical attention to due a nurse not being able to connect him to a remote interpreting service. They struggled to write notes back and forth to one another, while valuable time was being wasted. If an interpreter was available in this situation the issue could have been solved more efficiently.
In emergency situations, people become dependent on the news for updates. But in these situations the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community is forgotten. They have services such as Closed Captioning, although most of the time these include errors and don't display the proper message. This puts people's lives at risk and everyone should have equal opportunity to get emergency updates.