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Author Topic: American Sign Language (ASL) at concerts  (Read 749 times)
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« on: July 25, 2017, 12:56:15 AM »

Since many people here write for a young reading audience, chances are there will be a concert in a number of stories.

Concert venues are required by the American Disibilities Act to have ASL interpreters. While not every book with a concert will show the ASL interpreter in action, some writers might want to.

Here is a video showing amazing recent innovations on how it's done to provide a much richer experience for hearing-impaired people than just conveying what words are being sung.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuD2iNVMS_4

There are several scenes with an interpreter with different kinds of bands. Near the end is Whitney Houston singing the last line of the Star-Spangled Banner at a baseball game. The interpreter signs it in a way that's just right for this particular singer, given her special style and emotion. But the same line would be signed differently for a singer with a completely different style.
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