CBC Calgary Radio News has been announced. Thanks to Don Wilson for transcribing this news in English. See above video that was aired on TV on May 23, 2020. There was no closed captioning available but Trascription available below.
Have you thought about the Deaf community? This is a question that can be asked during these pandemic times. How hard the new normal is, sometimes it’s hard to live with… .. it’s even more so for a community that counts so much on contact, proximity. Social distancing then becomes isolation. And how to live with a mask when it represents a language barrier? Many questions remain unanswered. For the rest, the solution is solidarity.
Rytch Newmiller’s help for his Deaf community takes many forms. This time, it’s a stop at the food bank. “I’m going to get a month’s food for a family,” he explains, “the father lost his job, without his income it is financially complicated for him and his three children.”
An example of help provided by the Calgary Association of the Deaf, far from being the only one, as the obstacles have been even greater for this community since the start of the pandemic. Procedures for financial aid, administrative and psychological support, not to mention, access to information
At the end of January, Dr. Hinshaw presented her first update in the province. But it was not until mid-March that an interpreter appeared in the picture, at the request of Rytch and his team. Months of silence, therefore, during which the Association itself broadcast these updates in sign language. According to him, society does not place the deaf in its priorities in general. They are forgotten. And their access to information is not prioritized, whether it’s internet videos, interviews, films, when they need it. And in this context of crisis, the frustrations are amplified, for example: no interpreter to announce the reopening of businesses on Monday in Calgary.
People are watching news at times, she said. I know business owners who are deaf and need to know if they can open or not.
Once again, it is the Association which will interpret the announcement of the day in sign language.
No longer having contact with people or communication, it really isolates, he says. Rates of depression and mental health concerns are increasing in the community. So the 19 volunteers take turns with those who are most alone to break this silent suffering. Communicate the latest information, of course, but above all trade news, exchange a few smiles, be together even from afar. The Province has also underlined the generosity of Rytch Newmiller this week, who has become one of our everyday heroes.
Vincent Bonnay, CBC Radio Canada, Calgary.
This page provides you with alternative access to communication to meet the needs of Deaf Calgarians and Southern Alberta. These types of accessibility is provided in different format such as close up view of the Deaf interpreter, transcription, closed captioning and the ability to change colour contrast for the Deaf Blind individuals. See video below – Message from the CAD President.
See message from CAD President: