2013/10/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 24, 2013

 
— a deaf push button design

Open Data Challenge Series is a contest in England where
contestants try to win the big money prize by designing
the best device to help the police solve crime. One of
the contestants is designing a device that allows the
deaf to alert the police of a crime – without using
the telephone. Pretty much looks like a deaf push
button. Just press on it, and the cops will come!

 

— the most popular deaf person lost the contest

DeafDigest mentioned that Justin LeBlanc, a
deaf man. competed on the Project Runway
TV reality show. It was learned that the
audience loved Justin; he was their most
popular contestant. Many of Justin’s fans
felt he was the favorite to win the Project
Runway. Unfortunately the judges didn’t agree!
In real life he teaches fashion at North Carolina
State University.

 
— the dumbest deaf comment by a politician

Politicians often make dumb comments. It is not
surprising because they love to give speeches
and from time to time they say something wrong
without thinking about it, and when that happens
it gets embarrassing. The worst deaf comment
by a politician was Carty Finkbeiner, former
mayor of Toledo, Ohio. He suggested that deaf
people buy homes near the Toledo Airport, thinking
airplane noise will not bother them!

 

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2013/10/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 23, 2013

 
— Microsoft and Nokia help the deaf during taxi rides

In Dubai, there is a new taxi vehicle that will help
the deaf, thanks to software applications from
Microsoft and Nokia. Deaf passengers in the back of
the taxi will have a touchscreen. It helps make
taxi reservations, find out the fare, give directions
to the driver, tell driver to slow down, tell the
driver something, etc, etc.

 

— new discrimination at carry out restaurants

More restaurants discriminate against the deaf without
realizing they are discriminating! New checkout cash
registers do not have read-out display that tell us
the cost of the food order. Not funny if we try to
read the lips of the cashier – is she saying $6.16
or $16.16!

 
— long deaf 911 call versus short hearing 911 call

when a 911 call is made because of an emergency
the operator will ask for the name of the person,
the location of the call, the reason for the
call, plus few more questions. An emergency 911
center said it takes a deaf person seven times
longer than hearing to make an emergency call.
In other words, if it takes a hearing person
5 minutes; it may take the deaf person 35
minutes!

 

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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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