Disney sign language interpreters win praise, honors

Eager to make Walt Disney World friendlier to visitors with hearing impairments, the theme park's interpreters have added hundreds of Disney-specific word signs and act out their messages rather than simply translating, earning the company the National Association of the Deaf's Access Award. "They're almost so visual that you don't even have to know sign language to get the references to the imagery they use," said Debbie Drobney, chair of Valencia Community College's sign language interpretation program. "Guests [with hearing impairments] are able to grasp that context quickly."

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