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NPR: Talk of the Nation

November 15, 2012

NPR’S Talk of the Nation Featured a Segment on Sign Language Interpretation, Using Captioning for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Below is the archived ASL interpretation of the program.

“Not long after Superstorm Sandy hit New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the public with an update of the extensive damage, and information about how to stay safe. Lydia Callis was by his side interpreting for ASL users. Her gestures and facial expressions drew wide attention and even a spoof on Saturday Night Live.

This Thursday, November 15 at 2:40 pm ET, join Talk of the Nation as we interview interpreter Anna Witter-Merithew for a conversation of why the whole body is important when interpreting from spoken English into American Sign Language.

NPR will provide live captioning for Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, and we hope to take calls via TTY or Video Relay from Deaf Community members to answer this question: ‘What do you look for in a sign language interpreter?’

These captions are provided by the Integrated Captioning and Transcription Services (ICATS) Center, which is a partnership between Towson University and NPR Labs. ICATS hopes to announce the commencement of ongoing radio captions in early 2013.

Anna Witter-Merithew is the Assistant Director for the Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (DO IT) Center, which offers a BA degree in ASL-English Interpretation, and the Director of the Mid-America Regional Interpreter Education Center (MARIE) at the University of Northern Colorado. MARIE is a member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC).

Talk of the Nation is NPR’s mid day news/talk show carried on close to 400 stations nationwide.

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