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Do I Use Sign Language Interpreters Or Captions? (American Sign Language Vlog)

[pencil writing] [Pokemon game sound] Hello. Today, we’ll be talking about when
I use interpreters and when I use captions. When I’m on a panel at a YouTube event,
I need some form of accessibility. Most events that I go to have mostly hearing people. Most of the time, I’m the only deaf person there. In 2015, I was only really using captions. I didn’t know enough ASL back then
to justify using just interpreters. And I’m still not fluent, but now I
know enough to justify using them. So now… how long has it been? Did I start in 2016…? In late-ish 2016, I started using
both interpreters and captions. I’m just still used to English. In April, I’ll be going to Playlist Live Orlando. I don’t know what I’m doing there yet, but if I’m on a panel, I need captions. It’s easier that way. If I’m working, I’m more comfortable
reading captions from a screen. If I used only ASL and didn’t understand
something, that might be bad for me. But I always request both
interpreters and captions if someone comes to see me
and/or anyone else I’m with on a panel. I want any deaf audience members
to understand what’s being said by us. So I request interpreters and captions. I’m confusing the two signs. Sometimes, if the captions are wrong, or if they’re backed up, I’ll end up using the interpreter. Because sometimes this happens… So I’ll just look at the interpreter. Sometimes it’s needed,
so that helps. At Playlist DC, I had to use the
interpreter at my panel because the captions were messed up. So I looked at the interpreter for help. During face-to-face conversations, I use an interpreter. Most of the time, I use an interpreter. Last May at an event,
I used both captions and interpreter. I used captions during
a talk with Tim Cook. But I used interpreters for regular
one-on-one face-to-face conversations. It’s easier now. Do I always understand everything? No, but we work it out. We’ll keep communicating and explaining. It’s all fine. And I usually end up learning new signs. Anything else I need to mention? To put it simply: if I’m on a panel with 4, 5 other people, captions are the easiest for me. Oh! If I’m hosting my own workshop, I request both interpreters and captions for myself and the audience. But yeah, if I have a workshop, it’s both. It’s for everyone who attends. Of course, I can/do use them for me too. And then when there’s
face-to-face communication, I’m mostly using interpreters. My accessibility needs have
improved since 2015. From only using captions before. If someone signed to me before,
I’d be like, “Sorry, I can’t understand you.” But now interpreters are possible. Hopefully, you learned something new today. Now before you leave the video, if you want to support my work,
Patreon link is down below. If Patreon isn’t your thing, I’ll have my Ko-fi tip jar link below. I’ll see you later. Bye.

27 Replies to “Do I Use Sign Language Interpreters Or Captions? (American Sign Language Vlog)”

  • Great to see you again Rikki love you sweetheart you seem like such a friendly person would love to meet you

  • Watching you struggle with fingerspelling "audience" makes me feel better about my own struggles with fingerspelling xD

  • if you want to practice fingerspelling, try spelling out common words you hear/see in conversation or random objects around you. i swear it really helps! i used to be terrible at FS but now i can spell things pretty quickly. doing some warm ups (like squishing a stress ball or something) might help with the cramping if you need lol. love watching your asl videos, keep up the good work!

  • Im learning asl and i love to watch your asl videos first without captions to see what i understand, then with. You're great!

  • I’m hard of hearing and I personally prefer captions even when I can clearly hear the speaker. I just always need validation on what’s being said so I don’t screw up, heh

  • So great to seè your ASL get better and better. I'm learning but started after you so the captions in the video help me fill in the blanks.

  • I think you have to learn very well signal language, for you dont have that lot of trouble when using it!

  • Wow, your signing is totally improving. and I am improving too. I almost can completely understand what you were signing. Woot go us! Also I loath finger spelling because I cant spell. So it make it a million times harder. It also forces me to fix my poor spelling. =P

  • I find myself learning a lot on your videos.

    On a silly note. Which doesn't affect learning or enjoyment. As a hearing person I'm so used to audio, that when I came in here today I tried to adjust my headset. Despite knowing that some of your videos are sign only not speech and sign. It's a long standing habit when audio is low on videos on other channels

  • I'm currently learning my local sign language (LESCO) and it's tremendously amusing when asl has the same sign and I can understand a bit of what you're saying 😀 Makes me want to learn both tbh (also, I feel you're fingerspelling struggle sister)

  • @Rikki Poynter, Hey there's no audio. I think you have the mic on mute 😂. I like hearing your voice. Its soothing,

  • +Rikki Poynter I'm partially deaf but my hearing has been slowly going more and more as I get older as well. My recently surgery also left me with double vision that they are not sure they can correct, but hoping. I wander peoples videos like yours on YT at times. Mostly to not feel so isolated. As I know I am not. Just if I become deaf and blind that would certainly be a strange new experience. I was born 75% deaf as a child but I can still hear to a degree. So I should be thankful for it. Just the TV gets louder and louder each year .. heh. I try to wear a headset when I watch TV so I don't bother anyone at night. During the day I listen normally. I do not know ASL much, and used to read peoples lips. Though now with double vision reading lips is more difficult. So seems I may need to learn ASL a bit. Sorry for the long rant. Do you have maybe any good tips on how to learn ASL easily/quickly? (Currently only understand pretty much only half what is said to me. The rest I fake like I hear them. I know its bad to do that. Just I don't know how to tell people to repeat what they say often so I get it all.) I'm not a good singer by any measure but I enjoy it. I sit in a chair when singing for silly reasons, I can fear the vibrations of my voice into the chair. Or if I hold my hand on my chest while singing.

  • I'm deaf just to say, and i prefer an interpreter well because I have always had one since I was in 1st grade. I never had friends. Hearing people were always mean to me I have no idea why so my only friend I had was the interpreter. But then my mom put me in a school for deaf and I was pretty happy! But my best friend was left behind but I do bring her to events though.

    Sincerely, Juliet

  • How do I turn on captions? Unless you were talking about drinking 7up and washing your hair and hands with it, I didn't understand. I'm going to have to watch again but with captions

  • Love you and learning from you. My hearing has been deteriorating this past year and i don't know why. Even though I can still hear it just gets harder and harder to understand what people say. I find myself asking people to repeat themselves daily. Even though I don't think I'd ever lose all my hearing your videos make me feel better and teach me many helpful things thanks for that

  • I had headphones on the start of the video. The marker writing sound is like nails on a chalkboard! I always have my headphones loud so I can hear. Didn’t even need it for this video.

  • To make it easier talking about Interpreters and Closed Caption, use the sign for Interpreter and the letters CC. That way you won't struggle trying to keep them straight. I've discovered this works better making my signing look smooth.

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