2013/10/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 22, 2013

— just one certified interpreter near Seattle?

Washington state has about 350 certified interpreters.
There was a newspaper story that said there is only
one ASL interpreter on the Olympic Peninsula. It is
an area between Seattle and the Pacific Ocean. Is
the newspaper story accurate? DeafDigest has doubts!

 

— a deaf football referee’s big surprise

Roy Lopaty, who is deaf and has been refereeing football
for 32 years, recently refereed a high school game. At
the game halftime, he was surprised. A hearing referee
told him that one of the players was deaf. Did Roy throw
the penalty flag against the deaf player in the game? No.
Roy watches watches the players on defense, while the
deaf player played on offense.

 
— a moviehouse closes in Kentucky to avoid captions!

The Chakeres Theatres is the oldest independent movie
chain in Ohio and Kentucky. It operates 6 theaters.
The theater in Frankfort, Kentucky will shut down
in January 2014 because the owners cannot afford the
expensive captioning equipment. They lost a lawsuit
and was fined $5,000 by the Kentucky Human Rights
Commission. So, for us, the deaf, we win and we lose!

 

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2013/10/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 21, 2013

— costing $50 million dollars but nothing for the deaf

Many of us know that University of Maryland has been
sued for not captioning their scoreboard at their
own Comcast Center (basketball games). A big point
raised was that the university spent $50 million
dollars for improvements at the Comcast Center –
yet not a penny for scoreboard captions!

 
— a deaf winner of a worldwide pageant

Nehal Bhogaita, a young deaf woman, living in
Leicester, England, won the Miss India Worldwide
pageant. This pageant is open to ethnic Indians
that live anywhere in the world, outside of
India. She is versatile – a professional dancer,
a social worker for an agency that serves the
deaf, and is also a therapist at a salon.

 

— The Humana hypocrisy with TV commercials

Humana is a national health insurance provider.
They have been advertising heavily on many TV
programs. These ads are not captioned. Yet on
their ads, it asks us, the deaf to call 711 to
reach them to discuss health insurance matters.
Hypocrite? Yes!

 

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2013/10/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 18, 2013

— a bank that communicates easily with the deaf

Ryugyu Bank is a Japanese bank in the southern part of
the nation. This bank has 10 branches. These branches
have special tablets on the teller counter that allows
deaf customers to communicate with the tellers on
banking matters. So far, this new method of communications
is doing pretty good.

 

 

— a bad ASL signer has 30,000 followers and 130,000 viewers

Someone, who does not sign good ASL, has over 30,000 followers
and 130,000 viewers on his “how to learn ASL” videos. The
interpreters and ASL teachers are upset with him because of
his bad ASL skills, and have asked him to take down his
videos. He refuses. How much ASL did he learn? He only took
one ASL class (probably ASL 101).

 

— A captioning company says they have a new device

A captioning company said they have invented something new
that will obey the FCC rule on the 24/7/all channels captions.
Yet, when DeafDigest asked that company if their new captions
would block texts on the screen, the company would not respond.
If you are watching a captioned football game on TV, you do not
want the captions to hide the football score and the time clock
remaining. This has been a problem for over 30 years!

 

 

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2013/10/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 17, 2013

 
— a famous advertising agency insults the deaf

Ogilvy and Mather is the world’s #1 advertising agency.
Many of the ads we see on TV, magazines, newspapers,
and web sites come from that agency. That agency
quoted something that insults the deaf. It said in part
“They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of
the metropolitan opera.” This was in reference to
advertising writers that cannot write good ads!

 

 

— Arizona Cardinals failed with past captioning efforts

The Arizona Cardinals has finally installed scoreboard
captions that will satisfy deaf fans. The Cardinals
tried different ways in past that made deaf fans unhappy.
The color background was wrong. All deaf fans were asked
to sit in one section. Hand-held devices were given to
deaf fans, making it impossible to use both hands for
communications, eating, drinking, etc. The Cardinals
changed all that – and deaf fans are now happy!

 
— Many hearing people are wrong on one thing about the deaf

What is the one thing that many hearing people are wrong
about the deaf? They believe that children, born deaf,
will outgrow their deafness within a few years and become
hearing! This is hard to believe, but this is what many
hearing people think.

 

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2013/10/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 16, 2013

— no one audits our captions for accuracy

Do we have an agency that watches captions to make sure
of accuracy? No – but in Great Britain, an agency – Ofcom
will be auditing the captions twice a year to see if
contents are accurate. What about the FCC in USA? The
FCC does not care about captioning accuracy; they only
care if captions are present or missing, no matter if
there are bloopers or if TV news are captioned by bad
on-line captioners!

 

 

— a funny Cochlear story headline?

a Cochlear posting on a web site today ran this headline – Cochlear
Confidence Falls On Deaf Ears. It was about disappointing earnings
of Cochlear, the company that builds CI’s. Is it telling us
that a deaf device falls on deaf ears? This is why the headline
was funny!

 

 

— LoveFilm does not tell deaf if their DVDs are captioned

LoveFilm is a British DVD rental company, just like our
Netflix. Deaf people that rent from LoveFilm are gambling
that the DVDs are captioned. The LoveFilm will not say
if it is captioned or not captioned. We are lucky that
LoveFilm does not do business in USA!

 

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2013/10/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 15, 2013

— CCTV catching deaf drivers using sign language while driving!

Could Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) catch deaf drivers signing
while driving? Yes. Some cities have CCTV cameras everywhere. These
cameras can catch anything in the cars that pass by. If a cop
stops you and tells you that you do not pay attention on the road,
don’t be surprised!

 

 

— a deaf lifeguard wins and twice loses a job discrimination case

Nicholas Keith, a deaf lifeguard, was offered a job in 2007
with a community pool in Oakland County (Michigan). The
offer was withdrawn when county officials learned he was deaf.
He sued. Six years later he won $25,000 in a settlement to
end the court case. But he lost twice! Why? Because much of
the money will go to his attorney that argued the case for him.
And the deaf lifeguard still did not get the job he wanted.

 

 

– good news for hungry deaf drivers

Hungry deaf drivers wanting to order fast service food at
drive-in chains (McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc)
have been frustrated by talking, non-captioned kiosks
and window people that won’t serve them despite written notes.
A company – Nextep Systems has come up with a touchscreen
that are mounted on kiosks. So far, 100 fast food drive-ins
have these touchscreens. This number will grow faster in
the future. These fast food drive-ins want our business –
and they are tired of discrimination lawsuits from us!

 

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