Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Protest over use of Video Terps

Nearly 50 people picketed an Illinois hospital today over the use of video interpreters. The Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria has used VRI (Video Remote Interpreters) for about a year. But deaf patients say the system is flawed. There areconstant equipment problems, difficult-to-see video screens, miscommunication over signs based on the regional differences between the patients and the interpreters, and the loss of human contact. Some carried signs reading I Want a Live Interpreter and Honk for Deaf Rights.