Deaf Lives don't Matter? Inept ASL interpreter
Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing people of Manatee County Florida were confused when their County used a departmental employee without any sort of certification as an ASL interpreter. He failed to interpret much of what was being said and many found his signing to be "gibberish".
As I said before, he should have said no. Besides, the County already had a contract with an interpreting company. The owner of the company was waiting for the officials to call her to start work interpreting for the announcements. She said she was watching TV when this person appeared and started interpreting. She called the County immediately and the official she spoke with decided they didn't need to have announcements interpreted for the rest of hurricane.
That's so horrible! I saw the Daily Moth on Facebook post about this (here) with some information about the interpreter but wasn't able to see the original video. Now that I have, I am disgusted that someone would do that. :(
Edit: Here's an update on the whole thing from the Daily Moth (transcript is in the first comment)
He may not be registered with the RID, the Registry Of Interpreters for the Deaf. They would require him to have more schooling and take continuing education classes to keep his certification. I am not a member, nor do I have a degree in interpreting, but I can use my ASL certificate and teach it, as I am not teaching it towards a degree, nor am I using it in a formal setting.