Presidential debate raises profile of deaf ASL interpreter in Maine

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

Here’s something both Democrats and Republicans can generally agree on: the most recent presidential debate was utter chaos. The debate was difficult for hearing-abled people to understand, let alone the deaf. However, various sign language interpreters have taken it upon themselves to try to interpret the dispute.

One of these interpreters is Regan Thibodeau, well-known throughout Maine for translating various COVID-19 updates. He interpreted for Joe Biden, while two others interpreted for Donald Trump and the debate moderator. Many have praised them for keeping up with the interruptions and cross-talk during the debate.

Hard of hearing people can rest assured: they now have a transcript of the debacle that’s far more comprehensive than the actual, voiced argument.

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Edited by Stephanie Stott, Staff Writer

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