We saw a need, and a grant from OSBF helped us fill it. #AdvocacyMatters

August 4, 2017 / #AdvocacyMatters

Molly Estes stands in front of video monitors and a TelePrompTer as she signs for DRO's ASL video project

Although Disability Rights Ohio has dozens of helpful documents in its online Resource Center, they were not accessible for many of the 100,000 American Sign Language speakers in Ohio, so we applied for, and received, a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation to change that. Because ASL and English are two very different languages, ASL speakers often have difficulty understanding written English, especially for complex topics like legal issues.

Over the period of a year, DRO worked closely with John Moore at Deaf Services Center to choose publications on a broad variety of topics that would be most helpful to the Deaf community. John enlisted Molly Estes to translate the written English into ASL and then sign the resources on camera in the Ohio State Bar Association studio. After three full days of filming, we have 18 videos, which we hope will help Ohioans in the Deaf community know better how to advocate for their rights.

Find a full list of all 18 videos on the Deaf / Hard of Hearing page of DRO's Resource Center.


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