'Rock star' sign language interpreter not new to spotlight

Jason Hurdich providing sign language services for Gov. Nikki Haley.

Jason Hurdich providing sign language services for Gov. Nikki Haley.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As Hurricane Matthew took aim at the Palmetto State, certified deaf interpreter Jason Hurdich stood next to Gov. Nikki Haley communicating the crisis as only he could.

He'd been asked to be there by the deaf services coordinator for the state Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

“She called me to come up for the press conference,” he said through sign language, “because I’m deaf and I can accommodate to the deaf needs, the culture, the language, and meet the needs best for the deaf community.”

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