Just saw — not heard, but saw — this TV commercial featuring a Deaf Amazon logistics associate. There’s no interpretation or voiceover, just his signing and captions. There is some background warehouse noise, but the relative silence focuses attention on this man who communicates without sound. I was really touched to see American Sign Language used by a Deaf person in a commercial featured during primetime national television. As an ASL/English interpreter, I have interpreted for Amazon many times, so it was even more exciting and surreal to see this representation of people I’ve had the honor to work for.
I made this video for my ASL students, as we are only together online now, and I decided to share it publicly in case others may benefit from it.
Because I began learning ASL at age 21 rather than at birth, I like to point my students to Deaf language models. Here are two videos of Deaf people signing about COVID-19:
- Coronavirus PSA Symptoms, Prevention and Travel History – American Sign Language (ASL)
- A Message from the NAD About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are many more videos out there! Please learn what you can to prevent the spread and talk about it in whichever language you choose.
I woke myself up signing the National Anthem this morning. 🇺🇸🤟
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