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Speakers: Alyson Picus, COO, SignOn: Sign Language Services
Karen Kozlowski Graham, CEO, SignOn: Sign Language Services
Communication is critical during emergency situations. Those responsible for disseminating
information around crisis need to consider ways to contact residents who don‟t have access to the
standard means of receiving messages. Deaf people who rely on sign language are such a group.
English is not a native language for most deaf Americans. While some deaf individuals can read
captioned emergency messages, many do not understand the sometimes complex wording in the
standard printed emergency messages. The only way they can fully comprehend this messaging
is through their native tongue, American Sign Language. Videoconferencing technology has
promising implications for sending emergency messaging to reach deaf individuals in sign
language assuring that they will fully comprehend warnings critical to all citizens. This
workshop will explore and demonstrate videoconferencing technologies and how they might be
used to reach deaf people in emergency situations.