Do you know that in the darkness
The only words i see
Are the lights glancing off
The smooth porcelain
Of your pearly whites
i know your lips are moving. Are you
Talking to me?
Conversations with you are always brief.
Banal. i hate talking to you.
No, I am not a “Signer” or “Helper for the Deaf.” I am a Sign Language Interpreter. Yes, I went to school for it.”http://www.someecards.com/usercards/nsviewcard/MjAxMy0xNmQ1YzU4NGUwMGUxNzYy
Lydia Calas, Mayor Bloomberg’s sign interpreter. I could watch her for hours. ♥
I’m overjoyed that the sign language interpreter to be seen on the screen - so that the information is accessible to persons that use ASL. I’m torn about the media surge over it. ASL Interpreters are there to do a job, not to show up the people they are interpreting for. I doubt this was Lydia’s intention, she appears to be professional & interpreting the message well.
But including the interpreter on the screen is very rare, and I expect this is causing the fascination in this situation. Often the interpreter is only seen as the camera sweeps through, certainly not seen enough to be understood. How many Deaf people are actually in the room during these announcements? So if it is not about sharing the information with the signing public, it is about pretending that accessibility is happening - so they can collect brownie points. THAT upsets me. But now to see the interpretation on the screen - I’m elated!! I hope other government officials will follow suit.
I’m curious who made the decision to include the interpreter in the broadcast - the news media? Bloomberg? The interpreter’s suggestion? etc.
Also - her last name is spelled Callis.
Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller
Charlie Chaplin historian JeTamme Derouet provides some interesting background info for this photo and describes the pair meeting in Hollywood during one of Miss Keller’s speaking tours:
“They spent most of the day off alone together and they smiled and laughed a lot like they had their own private world, just walking the studio lot and talking privately together. (The picture seen here) is of her holding her hand to his mouth to feel what he is saying as he speaks to her.”
To paraphrase Derouet on Chaplin’s interest in sign language:
“Chaplin had worked with several deaf people throughout his career in an effort to improve his own pantomime communication skills and traveled with deaf artist Granville Redmond, who taught Charlie sign language and fingerspelling. He was also a great supporter of the deaf during a time when most people in America were trying to abolish sign language all together.”
Ridiculously good guy Chaplin was a ridiculously good guy.
I loved Chaplin to begin with, but this just makes me love him more.
Great to know!