First, I'd like to say thank you for this site. Two days ago I watched a video of an ASL interpreter for the first time. I have to admit it was a disturbing experience for me.
My girl friend is an interpreter for the deaf so I approached her with my concerns and observations. She has 20+ years experience with the deaf compared to my 0 years/months/days. Needless to say the discussion was a bit heated. I came away with a smidgen of understanding of deaf culture (they have a culture?).
So, to continue my education on deaf culture I searched online and found your site. I signed up for the Deaf Again autoresponder course with the hopes that it will at least point me in the right direction to understanding deaf culture. So again, thank you.
SSI fraud can be considered by some as a victimless crime. However, what the VRS interpreters did, victimized thier clients. Not only were they stealing from the government, they provided no or substandard services to their clients. It's like stealing the money from the cup of a blind beggar. SSI fraud is so wide spread and perhaps accepted, that the Feds can't keep up.