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I need an interpreter

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1. What is your project? [1 sentence]

This project will create an app that will allow the Deaf Community to communicate by mobile technology and request a sign language interpreter in a hospital or other medical situation.

2. How will your project use mobile tools and approaches? [2 sentences]

The project will create an app that can be used on a mobile device that will allow a Deaf person to 1) request an interpreter from a hearing person; (2) provide Department of Justice, HHS and Joint Commission information for the medical professional if needed, (3) find a nearby interpreter; and (4) timestamp and log interactions when the app is used.  As most persons who are Deaf and communicate in ASL have mobile devices and use video for communication, this app will be a tool to ensure effective communication between the Deaf and hearing populations.

3. Who will use it and why? [1 sentence]

This app will be used by the Deaf Community that needs a sign language interpreter in order to communicate and understand important, long or complicated medical information in a hospital or medical setting.

4. Please list three ways they would learn about your project.

Persons who are Deaf are a nationwide, but insular community of about 300,000 to 500,000 persons.  They would learn about the project through (1) Our website, DEAF and other websites that cater to the Deaf population, (2), at Deaf Nation Expo’s throughout the country; and (3) through the network of Centers for Independent Living and Deaf Service Centers throughout the Country.

5. What connections have you made, or will you make, with others [communities, organizations or networks] about your project? [2 sentences]

Our co-founder currently works with the National Association of the Deaf, and Centers for Independent Living in Florida, the National Disability Rights Network and is well known within the Deaf community as an advocate for Deaf rights.  DEAF ALICE will work in conjunction with these entities to develop and promote this app.

6. What part of the project have you already built? [1-2 sentences, feel free to include links]

We are familiar with all of this information and the location of all of this information.  However, the application has not been built.

7. What does success for your project look like? [1-2 sentences]

Currently, people who are Deaf are not provided with an opportunity to make medical choices and decisions for themselves and their families because of the lack of knowledge of both the medical community and the Deaf community of their rights to have an equal opportunity to understand and communicate.  Success for this project is to provide Deaf persons the opportunity to effectively advocate and empower themselves, control their healthcare choice, and to have full access to medical treatment.

8. What resources do you need to succeed? [1-2 sentences]

We will need to hire a company to develop the app.  We will need to promote and market the app.

Additional details:
Please list who is on your team: Deborah Dietz, Matthew Dietz
Expected number of months to complete project: 12 months
Estimated Project Cost: $85,000.00
Email address:
Organization [if applicable]: DEAF ALICE
City: miami
Country: USA
How did you learn about the contest? email