2015/05/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 22, 2015

 

 

— Discrimination case; IBM vs deaf employee; IBM wins!

Deaf IBM employee Alfred Noll filed a law suit 3 years
ago, saying IBM won’t caption video files and provide
transcripts for audio files. The case was thrown
out because IBM already provided him with an interpreter.
Noll appealed – and the appeals court voted 2-1 in
favor of IBM, saying he has a reasonable accommodation.
Noll is still disappointed. He and his attorney
are now looking at options.

 
— finally opening a closed office in Nebraska

Nebraska friendly to the deaf? Hope so. The state
closed the Nebraska School for the Deaf in 1998.
A school district in Nebraska forced Hunter, a
3-year old deaf child, son of deaf parents,
to change his name sign because it resembled
a weapon. The father protested and it made
a big newspaper story. And the state closed
the Scottsbluff office of the Nebraska
Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
because of no money. It left the deaf of western
Nebraska with no services. Good news – this
office will be re-opened. The legislators voted
yesterday to give money to re-open the office.

 
— Barcelona now friendly to the deaf

Barcelona is a fun city, thanks to its famed La
Ramblas, a long sidewalk that cuts through the
middle of the city street. Fun for the deaf – museums,
restaurants, hotels and cultural sites? Possibly
with Prometteo. It is a new app that allows the
deaf to find out what is going on in the big city.
Prometteo to help the deaf tour New York,
San Francisco, Rome, Paris, etc? Hope so in the
future!

 

 

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— quickly given interpreters

When Gary Malkowski, the ASL-signing Canadian, won the
election in 1990 for a seat in the Ontario Parliament,
the first law that was passed was to quickly give him
interpreters. When Mojo Mathers, a signing New Zealander
won a seat in her nation’s parliament in 2011, her
fellow legislators REFUSED to give her interpreters.
She had to fight tooth and nail to get the interpreters.
Now – in Japan, Yanetani Atsuko, who uses sign language,
was quickly given interpreters when she recently won a seat in
Japanese assembly. Canada, Japan, New Zealand – different
attitudes!

 
— more on Yahoo captions

More about Yahoo captions – they said over thousands
of videos will be captioned every month. Movie
trailers? Yes, will be captioned. Community, Other Space,
Sin City Saints, Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance, tech reports,
Trending Now, TV in No Time, etc – yes, all captioned.
One question that remains unanswered – good or bad
captions? We will eventually find out.

 

 

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2015/05/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 21, 2015

— a big problem with subtitles in Great Britain

While TV subtitles are available in Great Britain,
the deaf people have one big complaint. Many are
saying that the subtitling speed is too fast
for them to read at a comfortable rate. Ofcom,
which is the British version of our FCC, says
it is working on the speed problem.

 

 

— a deaf ADA advisor in a medium sized city

George Martin, who is deaf, is a member of Fishers,
Indiana ADA task force. This town has 84,000 residents,
and not everyone is aware of invisible discrimination
issues that the deaf face every day. His input on deaf
issues has proved to be valuable to the ADA task force.

 

— Smartphone’s voice call options not welcome

Deaf people use the smartphone to communicate with the
world – but they are stuck with these unnecessary
voice call options, which only add up to the monthly
bill. Jeenee Mobile is a disability-run company
in Australia that was established to help the
deaf and the disabled on making the best uses
of their smartphones as well with other mobile
devices. Plus saving them money by eliminating
unnecessary options.

 
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— a flashing bracelet for the deaf

A flashing bracelet for the deaf? If a certain 8th grader
has his way, it will be the next deaf device. This
bracelet, hung on the door knob, will flash red signals
if it smells fire nearby. This, and other 8th grade
projects, is part of a Science Contest taking place in
Denver.

 

 

— diner patrons unaware of manager’s deafness

In Post Falls, Idaho, a town of some 28,000 people, locals eat
at the downtown diner. The manager of the diner is deaf. It
is a fact that many patrons have not been aware of it. They
shout at him, demanding coffee or ketchup or if the dish
was not what they wanted, and he walks away. They get
angry, thinking the manager ignores them. He doesn’t ignore
them, just not being made aware of their complaints and
requests. This was the issue brought up in a local newspaper.

 

 

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2015/05/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 20, 2015

 

 
— a big shock from an interpreter

An interpeter showed her middle finger on
TV while interpreting a speech by a legislator.
This is not a joke; the interpreter not at fault!
In New Zealand, Ron Mark, the legislator,
said a dirty word during his speech. The
interpreter just repeated what the legislator
said. In USA, if that happened, this scene
would be blurred on TV because of FCC rules.
Not that so in New Zealand!

 
— a deaf doctor on TV news program

Dr. Philip Zazove, who is deaf, was featured in a local
TV news program in Michigan. Asked how was he able to
succeed as a physician, he said he “outreads” other
doctors with these medical books and journals. He
would read the same thing several times until he
fully understood everything. Does he use ASL?
He did not use it during that interview, so dunno
if he really knows ASL.

 

 

— Yahoo captions

Yahoo today announced that captioning will increase
on its videos that carry news from the New York Times,
The Associated Press, Reuters and others. Great
news? Hope so, but if the captions are bad, then
it is not best news!

 
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— a reason for musical show refusing interpreters

two deaf Northern Ireland women, attending a big
musical event, requested interpreters in advance.
The tour promoter turned it down, and instead, offered
program scripts for them to follow. Why the refusal?
The tour director said interpreters cannot catch
everything that is being sung on the stage!
Is he stupid? Yes!

 
— a hearing woman faking deafness

A true story. A hearing woman fell in love with
a hearing man. But she got panicky when the
hearing man asked her out for a date, and pretended
to be deaf. This relationship continued for several
months with the woman still faking deafness. This
relationship cooled off and both broke up – and the
man, to this day, never realized that she was never
deaf!

 
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2015/05/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 19, 2015

 

— Reason Canada rejects deaf immigrants

A deaf Canadian immigrant told DeafDigest editor that
Canada really does not accept deaf immigrants. They
become immigrants because of family membership or a
sponsorship of spouse/partner or refugee status.
Canada says deafness is an issue because of money
– hearing aids, cochlear implants, social and
welfare costs. Most of these deaf immigrants are
either refugees or married to Canadian spouses.

 

 

— deaf man’s nightmare with interpreters

A deaf man from Minnesota got into fight with a family
member. Police was called. The deaf man asked for
an interpreter. This interpreter did not use
deaf man’s sign language. The police brought the
deaf man to hospital because of fight injuries.
The hospital provided Video Remote Interpreting
service but the bad computer slowed it down.
Another interpreter came in, but didn’t know
legal signs. Finally, the third interpreter
arrived. The deaf man, still angry, is planning
legal action.

 

— a deaf filmmaker’s advice for new deaf filmmakers

A deaf filmmaker gave this advice for new deaf
filmmakers. He said “do not limit yourself to
deaf stories, deaf themes, deaf plots.” Instead,
go after hearing stories. Will it work? Not
sure if it would.

 

 

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— an interesting interpreter project

In Japan, a group of interpreters worked on a project, named
“Let the Hands Tell.” When the Atomic Bomb fell on Nagasaki
in 1945, there were some deaf people that survived the
bombing. Two deaf survivors, still living, were interviewed
by these interpreters. These Deaf Tales from these
survivors hae been published and distributed to local
schools.

 
— Netflix negotiating with a foreign company

Netflix had to be forced into captioning their
videos – under pain of these ADA lawsuits. It was
just learned that Netflix is negotiating with
several media companies in China on possibility
of streaming in the Chinese media. Big question –
will the Chinese streaming be captioned for the
benefit of Chinese deaf? There are several
major Chinese languages, by the way!

 

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2015/05/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 18, 2015

— a picture of a new deaf coin

Canada is disributing a new $20.00 coin. This coin was designed
by Laurie Koss, who is deaf. She previously designed two
Canadian postal stamps. The picture of this Deaf Coin is at:

http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-money/

DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschid for providing
this information.

 

 

 

— captioned news programs cannot grow in one nation

In Japan, captioned news programs cannot grow. The government
has encouraged an increase in captioned news, but
there is a serious problem. There are very few
Japanese captioners! For some reason hearing students
are not interested in taking captioning training
classes. The same goes for interpreters!

 

 

 

 

— deaf people are supposed to be satisfied

Are deaf people supposed to be happy and satisfied
when the government cuts funds for deaf services?
No, deaf people get angry about it. Yet, with the
British Parliament, deaf leaders that protest
are called “extremists”! That was the thinking
among some British politicians. Hearing people
who protest cuts are not called extremists, but
deaf people are.

 
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— a Deaf Smith disappointment and a false fact

a TV mini-series “Texas Rising” will be shown next week. Part of this
story is about Deaf Smith’s role in Texas’ history. Unfortunately
a hearing actor is playing this deaf role. This is not all. The
story said Deaf Smith adopts a baby that survives the Alamo attack.
Not true. While Deaf Smith raised a large family of young
children, he never adopted a child.

 
— a new role for deaf fighter Matt Hamill

few weeks ago Matt was a hero for stopping a car driven
by a mother who was in no condition to drive. Now he
has a new role – at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania,
he give a demonstration next month for students to
defend themselves against attackers and against
bullies.

 

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