The deaf community in the Rogue Valley hopes to persuade local businesses to embrace new video remote interpreting technology that would help them to communicate.
The new technology allows deaf and partially deaf people to communicate with others without waiting for an interpreter to come in person.
The technology allows a certified American Sign Language interpreter to appear on a viewing screen (such as a television or computer monitor) similar to a video conference call. It requires the business or public agency to spend several hundred dollars on equipment and costs $2 per minute.
Wilson said out of 132 certified sign language interpreters in Oregon, only four live in the Rogue Valley to provide services to some 500 deaf and partially deaf people in the area.
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