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Deaf Mis-Interpretation During Hurricane Irma

Why deaf and hard of hearing populations aren't included in disaster planning -- and what we can do to fix it.

In 2017, Manatee County, Florida used an untrained sign language interpreter during a media briefing on Hurricane Irma evacuation orders. This case study reviews the event and consequences, and discusses ways to incorporate deaf and hard-of-hearing stakeholders and groups into existing structures and programs.



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