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~ Frank Schaefer
Office Manager, SXSW
From Grant Park in Chicago, on the eve of the 2014 Lollapalooza music festival, Barbie Parker Greenwater talks with WGN-TV and gives a bilingual shout-out to the city and festival for accessibility programs. In ASL and English, she rejects the idea of celebrity interpreters, putting the focus back on the communication between performing artists and their fans in the Deaf community.
LotuSIGN is a full service access management agency for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing founded in 2006. Frequently cited as a world-class provider of American Sign Language (ASL) services, LotuSIGN organized and led interpreting at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC. LotuSIGN supports the full range of interpreting needs, including health care, education, court, rehabilitative services, workplace communication and public and private ceremonies of every kind.
Operating nationally from offices in Texas and Montana, LotuSIGN is also a major contributor to the professional interpretation of music and other performing arts. Cooperative efforts with Deaf mentors, consumers, artists and colleagues allowed LotuSIGN to turn ASL into visual art and pioneer Deaf and Hard of Hearing access to the artistry, message, spirit and emotion of concerts, festivals, conferences and plays.
The experienced team at LotuSIGN frequently volunteers at community happenings. Events supported with free or discounted interpreting include many non-profit or smaller-scale commercial performances where resources are limited, as well as events staged by and for the Deaf community.
The non-profit LotuSIGN Institute is a separate but complementary operation that promotes expansion of access to all performing arts by consulting with organizers, opening new markets and providing direct support to Deaf events, artists, galleries and exhibitions.