Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Deaf community outraged after interpreter signed gibberish before Irma

Deaf community outraged after interpreter signed gibberish before Irma

McCarthy said she was not given any explanation about the identity of the man signing at the briefing, or why the county made a decision to use him as an interpreter during the briefing.

"Everybody was talking about it on social media, everyone was shocked, asking leaders in the deaf community to do something about it", Wagner continued.

Manatee County leaders asked Marshall Greene to pitch in shortly before they were to address the public with "crucial" information, New York Post said in a report.

But Greene was clearly more rusty than he realized and signed words such as pizza, bear and monster during the conference.

"It was horribly unnerving for me", she explained.

Seconds after the county began to broadcast the meeting on their Facebook page, people began to comment that the man who was signing for county officials was, in fact, not making any sense.

'To watch that, knowing I could provide a qualified, certified interpreter'.

This sign language interpreter was not one of them.

Charlene McCarthy, the founder of VisCom sign language interpretation service agency, said she wished the county would have called her.

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The press conference turned out to be an insult and a disaster, according to members of the deaf community.

She was shocked when she saw the press conference on television.

County leaders have faced the brunt of the criticism for failing to organise an interpreter despite days of weather warnings.

We spoke with the interpreter's family Tuesday night.

Emergency officials in Florida have come under fire after a lifeguard they used as an interpreter for the deaf signed gibberish about pizza, monsters and a bear during a safety briefing on Hurricane Irma.

Greene's family said he was simply asked to help out during a hard time.

"He can't expect to communicate something he doesn't know", Greene's father told WFLA.

The hearing impaired community is demanding an apology from Manatee County.

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