Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
 

2018-09-14

VRS Policy

ACLU, representing a Deaf teenager, filed lawsuit in federal court against a VRS provider for violating his constitutional "freedom of speech" rights. The incident occurred when the Deaf uses the VRS to call a cigar shop, asking if they have "Prince Albert in the Can," and when the response was affirmative, he told him to "Let him out." The interpreter wasn't amused and gave him a stern lecture, notified him of his suspension because of their policy against "prank calls." Deaf (name withheld to protect his identity) teenager became upset, feeling that's unfair since his hearing brother and friends does the same thing and get away with it.  The cigar shop owner just laugh it off when questioned by the media, "I am used to getting such calls every now and then." The VRS refused to comment on the case, pending litigation.

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