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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 17, 2012

— more on Netflix

Netflix has promised to caption all videos by 2014.
They said 80 percent of their videos have been captioned.
Why 2014 if they only have 20 percent remaining? They
could complete the task in 2013. A new book, Netflixed,
said that the  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings makes many
bad business decisions because he does not understand
the video market. This also means he does not understand
the importance of captions with us.

— a “country club” prison for a new deaf inmate

A deaf man, sentenced to a prison term because of involvement
in video relay fraud, may have “easy life.” The judge agreed
to allow him to pick his own cell room, to have captions
turned on all the time, easy access to TTY phone, easy access
to interpreters for anything; visual alarms in his cell room;
easy access to email; board and markers in his cell room.
We have many deaf prisoners and they do not have these easy
privileges! Unfair? Yes!



— a fake hard of hearing attorney

This is a sad story. A hard of hearing man, faking as an attorney,
cheated a deaf woman of her money. He told her she was in trouble
with the government and needed his “legal” assistance. Scared,
she gave him a lot of money, which was her life savings. She
never questioned him on his attorney credentials nor proof of
being in trouble with the government. The cops have arrested him,
and he is awaiting trial. That woman was never in trouble with
the government.

— these surprise deafness announcements

From time to time we read of athletes – Tamika Catchings, pro
women’s basketball, Paul Rabil, one of the world’s best lacrosse
players, and top marathon runner Patrick Rizzo. For many years
we thought they were hearing. Later as they get older, they
reveal their deafness. Are there other more famous athletes
that won’t reveal their deafness until they get older?

— a danger for deaf people looking for jobs

Many deaf people have a hard time finding jobs. Discrimination?
Yes. And more employers use a a 50-question “personality test”! A
deaf woman, applying for a job at a Kroger supermarket, failed
the personality test and was not hired. What was this test?
Questions about personality, friendly or not friendly, communicate
well or not communicate at all, etc. Many hearing people score
high and get hired. Deaf people score low and don’t get hired.
This is why this deaf woman is filing a lawsuit, saying the
exam discriminates against the deaf.

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— New Zealand will not require visual fire alarms for deaf

New Zealand changed its rules, allowing property owners
to avoid installing visual fire alarms. They did not want
to spend money on visual fire alarms. Deaf parliamentarian
Mojo Mathers is very angry about it – and there was an irony.
There was a fire alarm in her office but she did not know
about it. The embarrassed Parliament then bought a visual
fire alarm in her office!


— More captioned apps for Android and iOS

The apps – HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and Max Go all have captions.
Watching TV programs on smart phones just got easier, but
hopefully it will not require a magnifying glass.


— Papa John’s feeling uncomfortable with the deaf?

Many deaf people love to eat Papa John’s pizzas. And
there are deaf drivers that deliver Papa John’s pizzas.
Yet it was Papa John’s that did not want famous singer
Taylor Swift to perform at Boston’s Horace Mann School
for the Deaf because she was pranked during a recent
on-line contest. They felt it was cheating. Anyway,
Taylor, being an extremely good sport, donated $10,000
to the school and gave all students free tickets to
watch her performance. So, it was a win-win situation.


— Amazon our friend, Netflix not our friend?

Netflix fought hard to avoid captioning their videos.
Amazon is captioning their Instant Video library.
Yes, it took a push by the FCC, but Amazon is not
fighting it, but obeying it. Two big corporations
– one willing to caption, other not so willing to
caption. Why?


— Firefighter father and Deaf Firefighter son

A 3-year old deaf Justin Sarna ran away from home,
headed towards his father’s firehouse not too far
away. The panicked mother reported the son missing.
Everyone looked for him, not realizing he was sitting
in the firehouse waiting for his father! Almost 20
years later Justin is now a volunteer firefighter.
He belongs to the first responder team that rushes
to fire calls. His father did not encourage his son
to become a firefighter. The son would not give up,
and has reached his goal.

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