2014/06/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2014

 
— are we lucky with the FCC?

Are we lucky with the FCC? There may be a reason behind FCC
giving support to the Deaf Community with captioning
and telecommunications needs. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
was a former CEO of a software company. One of his employees
was deaf. For that reason, Wheeler learned sign language to
communicate with that deaf employee. Yet, the fear is that
once Wheeler departs FCC then the next chairperson may not
care so much for the needs of the deaf! FCC changes its
chairpersons every 3-4 years or so.

 
— our captions being crowdsourced

Crowdsourcing is a new word, but which replaces an old
word – asking the public for funds. Anyway there have been
groups that crowdsource for captioning funds on social
media. Great? Not really. Crowdsourced captions often
show poor quality. And also, not every social
media channels allow crowdsourcing!

 

 

— missed tickets to a football game

Switched at Birth airs tonite. And it is supposed to feature
Derrick Coleman, the deaf Super Bowl player. What is the
story all about? Something about Travis hoping to get tickets
to watch Derrick play in a football game. But there was a mix
up and there are no tickets available. Mary Beth, who is a
friend of Travis, hinted that she will give him a Derrick
Coleman surprise.

 

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2014/06/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2014

 
— changing the way interpreters are hired

An agency is trying to change the way interpreters are hired.
Instead of the deaf client given an interpreter he may not like,
this agency allows him to pick the interpreter he wants.
Where is that agency? It is located on the west coast but
works nationally. It is owned by a father of two deaf children.
Is this a good idea? Will it be successful? Just have to wait
and see how it works in the long run.

 
— professional lipreaders in the World cup!

We have watched baseball players cover their lips with their
gloves; football coaches covering their lips with plastic
play charts, etc. Now it is World Cup soccer. Fantastico, a
popular Sunday TV news program, has been hiring deaf teens
to lipread the Brazilian soccer players. Are lips of
Portuguese-speaking players easier to read than English-speaking
people? Portuguese, not Spanish, is the national language of
Brazil. Anyway the players hate it and cover their lips!

 
— the Beethoven that we do not know about

We all know that Beethoven composed the best music of his life –
after he became deaf. He composed nine different symphonies,
all of which were the best. Two Australian music houses, in
Wellington and in Auckland, performed all of Beethoven’s
symphonies, nine of them. To listen to all of them would
take nearly six hours!

 

 
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2014/06/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 26, 2014

 

 

— a well known deaf person lost election for courtroom judge

In Baltimore County, an election for courtroom judges took place.
The deaf contender was Kelby Brick, a well known deaf attorney/
activist. He lost the election while four current judges were
reelected. If he won, it would have been history as the
nation’s first ASL judge.

 

 
— a strange requirement for interpreting students in Kansas

There is only one college interpreting program in Kansas and
it is at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.
Students cannot enroll at this interpreting program without
a bachelors’ degree from other colleges. This is a backwards,
or a reverse direction, getting bachelors first and then
associate. This requirement has turned off many interested
interpreting students.

 

 
— a hazed deaf student wins settlement in a lawsuit

A deaf student was a former freshman member of a wrestling
team at a Wisconsin high school. Four members of the wrestling
team hazed and bullied him. Coaches did nothing to stop it.
He transfered to another school and filed a lawsuit against
the first school. It took a long time but he finally won
a financial settlement. He will be attending Gallaudet
this fall but not wrestling any more. Why? Because Gallaudet
has no wrestling team!

 

 
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2014/06/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 25, 2014

 

 
— deaf stealing from the Vodafone

Yahaya Amidu, a deaf man, was arrested for stealing underground
cables that belonged to Vodafone Ghana. These thefts have caused
the network to crash. This is not the first time he committed
the same crime. He was arrested last year, but the Ghanian
courts acquitted him. Why? Because there was no interpreter
around! The police is saying that they will make sure
an interpeter will show up this time at the trial.

 

 

— a happy Deaf Blind hiker

Last year DeafDigest mentioned that Roger Poulin, who is
Deaf Blind, hiked the 2,185 mile Appalachian Trail (Georgia
to Maine). He was forced to stop hiking because the trail
was closed for the season, due to cold weather. At the time
of the closing, he was 100 miles away from the target. Now
that the weather is warmer and the trail is open, Roger
expects to reach the target this Friday.

 

 

— more on the movies and the cell phones

A DeafDigest subscriber, who watches the movies a lot,
felt that captions on the cell phone is a joke. Why?
Impossible to eat popcorn or candy or to sip soda on
one hand and holding the cell phone on the other hand.
Also, having to hold the cell phone for two hours would
be very tiring. If hands are tired and you place the
cell phone on your lap, you will miss the action on
the screen! What is the best solution? Very simple –
open captions, instead of using captioned gimmicks.

 

 

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2014/06/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 24, 2014

 

 

— the app that a famous person is selling

Kim Kardashian is selling a new app, called “Kim Kardashian:
Hollywood.” This app has a reality/fantasy game which involves
these weird and crazy Hollywood “characters.” One such weird
character is a hearing aid provider.” DeafDigest wonders why
a hearing aid provider should be involved in a crazy reality life?

 

 

— a deaf fisherman in Alaska

In Alaska, where weather is often frigid, fishing is an important
activity – because it brings food to the table. A big annual event
in Anchorage is the Downtown Soup Kitchen’s Slam’n Salm’n Derby.
One of the awards given out is the “Andy Sorensen Award” (not to
be confused with Sorenson Relay). It is for fishermen that provides
help and support during the annual derby. The winner this year is
Jesus Contreras, who is deaf. He was credited for getting deaf
fishermen to the derby while as the same time giving them fishing
advice and tips.

 
— a lawsuit against a school district involves a CI

A deaf student is filing a lawsuit against a school district
in Missouri. The student said the school buildings were too
old with outdated electricity that would shock up her CI
from time to time. She wanted to transfer to another school
that could accommodate her deafness. The schoool district
said no. This is the reason for her lawsuit.

 
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2014/06/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 23, 2014

 
— movie theaters may ask you to turn on your cellphones

For a long time these movie theaters have asked you to turn
off your cellphones when the filming starts. Times have
changed; these same movie theaters may ask you to turn on
(not off) your cellphones! Why? The movie people are
working on having captions installed on your cellphones.
It is much cheaper for them than to invest in captioning
devices. A question – if a deaf person came in without
a smartphone, is he out of luck with captions?

 

— Netflix lost and Redbox won

Netflix vs Redbox? Not really but in recent court cases,
Netflix lost and Redbox won. Netflix was forced to put
captions into their videos. Redbox does not have to
distribute captions-only videos! The California District
Court rules in favor of Redbox when a deaf person filed
a lawsuit to force them to distribute captions-only videos.
Said an attorney – Redbox is a rental place, same as with
bookstores not required to sell Braille books.

 
— Again, a deaf and dumb written on a receipt

Few months ago, a deaf couple lost their baggage while
traveling. This baggage was found and returned to their
house but receipt said “deaf and dumb” which made the
couple angry about it. It is happening again – in
Australia. A deaf customer went to a photography shop
for some work on her videos. She came back to pick up
these videos. On the receipt, it said the same thing –
deaf and dumb. While the owner of the photography shop
apologized, this deaf customer is still upset about it.

 

 

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