About

Nelson Mandela was honored by loved ones, world leaders, and thousands South Africans in a memorial service on December 9th, 2013. Mandela was a one-of-a-kind human being who devoted his life to ending racism, poverty, and inequality.

An incident occurred during the memorial service in which a man, now dubbed the “Fake Interpreter”, stood next to speakers and interpreted the entire event in sign language. However, none of his signing was legitimate and the Deaf community was not given accessibility to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela. This site is our way of honoring him while bringing language accessibility to the Deaf community all over the world, just what Mandela would have wanted.

We want this to be a place of community exchange and resources. We welcome submissions of speech translations in your country's sign language. Together, we can show the world what REAL sign languages look like. Contact submit@realinterpreter.com if you’d like to contribute.

Thank you to everyone involved in this movement. Your contribution made all the difference.