According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 37.5 million Americans have trouble hearing — that’s why ASL music interpreter Amber Galloway-Gallego does what she does.
Videos of her appearances, from Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, have gone viral — her pink-streaked hair whipping back and forth as she uses her whole body (facial expressions included) to emphasize the hard-spitting nature of Kendrick Lamar’s rhymes, or the gentle chord progression from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge.”
These videos have brought wider awareness to the necessity of these interpreters at concerts for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
But, it wasn’t always this way.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted by Congress in 1990 to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities. While these provisions have provided more ramps and accessible bathrooms in public venues, as well as the option to request ASL interpreters on-site, Galloway-Gallego says it can still take …
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