2015/04/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2015

– captioning laws are confusing

We have three different laws that require
online captions. Yet we are seeing more
lawsuits. Why? These laws do not give
clear guidance for providers on what to
follow. Confusing and a big mess!

 

 

– interpreters annoy a college professor

A college professor has several deaf students
in his classes, each with their own interpreters.
What annoys the professor is that during classroom
exams, the students are quiet, working on their
exam answers, while interpreters talk too much
with each other, and interrupting the hearing
students!

 

 

– a very angry police officer

In Auburn, Washington, a deaf driver saw a police
car, with lights on, behind him. This driver
stopped in front of a driveway. The police officer
shouted on the PA system to move the car so that
it would not block the driveway. The deaf driver
had no way of knowing it – and the cop got very
angry, walked over  and gave him a lecture. The
driver told him of his deafness. What did the
cop say?

I had no way of knowing of your deafness and that
you should always follow the instructions.

Dumb cop? Yes! Did the deaf driver get a ticket?
Yes.

 

 

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2015/04/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 17, 2015

 
– personal contacts better than advocating

A deaf businessman, who does a lot of business with
a national mail order store, is not happy. The store
has DVD videos that are not captioned. He is
planning to visit the store management to explain
the importance of captions on their videos.
The store has to listen because he will take his
business elsewhere if they won’t caption. This
warning is more powerful than just advocating
because the store does not want to lose the
deaf man’s business. Said the deaf businessman:

The diplomacy is the key

 

– a shocking police department silence

Bradford is a small city of just 8,300 people in
Pennsylvania. The city police officers stopped
a deaf driver after a traffic stop and brutally
beat him up, knocking out his CI. The grandfather,
who was riding with him, is angry about it and
is planning a lawsuit. He confronted the police
chief and asked him a simple question:

Does your department have training on how to deal
with the deaf?

The chief said yes, but refused to explain the
procedures! This is shocking, especially from
the chief.

 

– ADA does not cover one very important issue

The ADA has many pages in its book of regulations,
covering five different categories. One very
important issue is not covered in ADA and which
is why we have so many lawsuits. It is captions
on the internet – meaning captioned videos.
Why not? ADA became law in 1990 – years before
the internet become common and again years
before video captions came up.

 
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2015/04/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 16, 2015

 
– a big risk in watching captions

There is a big risk when deaf people watch captions.
Their eyes are always on the captions, and not on the
full screen. As a result, they miss all the action!
This is not a joke. This issue was brought up today
in a deaf blog!

 
– deaf prisoners are more isolated

A social worker, working with a deaf prisoner, said
he is isolated. Reason is that he is not allowed to
use the computer to catch up on deaf news. And
he is not able to subscribe to deaf newspapers,
deaf magazines and deaf newsletters – because all
of these publications are gone! Very sad.

 

 

– movie casting directors and the deaf actors

There was a story on the web that was titled
“10 Casting Decisions That May Have Ruined the Movie.”
It means that a wrong actor cast for a wrong movie
role ruined the movie! Let us talk about hearing
actors that play deaf roles. DeafDigest thinks
there were many movies that were box office flops
because of these wrong actor roles and wrong casting
decisions. Should we have the last laugh?

 

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