Deaf writer Sara Novic has written an article about how disappointed she was to find that the Free Word Centre in London had only offered an audio version of a presentation on sign language literature and poetry, without offering a video version or transcript so that Deaf people could access it online.
Her article says:
[My friend] “wrote that the Free Word Centre in London had featured a presentation on sign language literature and poetry as the closing talk in its International Translation Day programming and she thought I’d be interested; however, she could only find the link to the audio recording. That can’t be right, I thought, still thrilled at the prospect that Deaf poets had been featured alongside other writers in translation. I clicked through the link and began to search.
But the talk, aptly titled “Through the Looking Glass,” was only available as an audio file—no video of the presentation, no transcript. I wrote to the Centre to point out the irony of having made a plenary on sign language completely inaccessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing people, to whom sign language and its literature belong. The Operations Coordinator responded later that day with a single line: he’d “passed on [my] comments to the events team to consider.”
The article then goes on to discuss how Deaf culture is often handled in non-Deaf hands.
The Free Word Centre has since agreed to add a transcript to their website.
Read the article here: http://lithub.com/who-can-speak-for-the-deaf-community/
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