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Stop the Crop

Removing sign language interpreters from broadcasts prevents effective communications and can effect the safety of people in our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community.

The Independent Living Resource Center is collecting signatures to show the importance of keeping our interpreters in the picture. We have included a downloadable letter, logo, and supporting documentation for you to use when contacting your media representatives.

To Our Media Partners

Media Partner:

As a local nonprofit agency, we respectfully request that your news station considers the importance of including sign language interpreters in your broadcast. Signed language interpreters provide a form of effective communication to our citizens who are our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Though your station may provide Closed Captioning, not everyone is able to access information using this form of communication.

By cropping out the sign language interpreter from a broadcast prevents effective communication and could significantly impact the safety of members from this community. We’ve attached language from the United States Department of Justice to reference, on effective ways to provide effective communication.

The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) is your local Center for Independent Living. Our mission is to empower independence for all people with a disability and create pathways for access. The ILRC has a pool of nationally certified interpreters with Level 2 background clearance through the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). If you would like more information on our sign language services or to make a request, please visit ASLJax.org.

Will you help us Stop the Crop and keep sign language interpreters in the picture?


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Centers for Independent Living were created to be run by and for people with disabilities, and offer support, advocacy, and information on empowerment in the attainment of independence from a peer viewpoint, a perspective that was hitherto excluded from participation in the discussion and execution of “services for the disabled.”Independent Living activists carried out some of the most daring protests in American civil rights history, including the longest occupation of a Federal building in history, which led to the release of the regulations banning discrimination against people with disabilities in federally funded programs. As Independent Living philosophy took hold nationally and the Disability Rights Movement gained acceptance and political influence, a grassroots movement for a comprehensive disability rights law (the ADA) was implemented.
Many of the issues we fight for have strong opposition and powerful lobbyists in the for-profit sector. The Independent Living Resource Center and other CILs around the country remain dedicated to the community values, objectives, and unity that we were founded on.


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