With the coronavirus outbreak, there was suddenly a huge influx of information everywhere. The challenge is that a large percentage of this information is inaccessible to those who depend on American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language – the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and DeafBlind communities.
Many live streamed press conferences were inaccessible, especially from the White House, the CDC, and various federal-level task forces. To make that information accessible, RID forged a partnership with DPAN.tv, Convo, and the Daily Moth, to create a daily live-streamed, ASL-interpreted, and captioned version of the White House Press conferences. Other partners also joined – CSD, for example, provided CART services, which became captions – since the live streams were not captioned directly from the source.
The problem remained of how to find the ASL-accessible sources that might be available, but were scattered all over thee internet. It is a combination of too many resources being shared, while too few are actually accessible.
This site attempts to become a crowd-sourced, central index for accessible materials.