2015/09/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 30, 2015

 

— a picture of what ADA is really all about

What is ADA? Just look at the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/ada-a-picture/

 

 

— Yahoo committed to Closed Captioning

Yahoo was once the king of web browsers, but fell on
hard times in recent years. Yahoo is trying to come back
and become the leader among top web browers. A big
Yahoo project right now is Closed Captioning. This
project is being developed in a video lab in Boston.
Said one of the Yahoo engineers:

it’s been especially hard to duplicate television’s success
with broadcast TV because Internet video is so complex

This comment is true because another closed captioning
veteran left this field few years ago, telling DeafDigest
editor that there has been so many changes with the
technology that he just couldn’t keep up with it!
And he was considered the best in the closed
captioning field.

 
— a story written by confused reporter

Yesterday, DeafDigest posted a story about the
deaf of Vermont, the state without a school
for the deaf and also without a statewide
center for the deaf and hard of hearing.
It was learned that the reporter, who did
the story was confused. He apparently didn’t
know the difference between deaf and hearing
impaired. And even worse, with people with
wheelchairs he constantly referred to them
as deaf and hard of hearing. Said an
activist:

It is crazy. I’m scratching my head!

 

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2015/09/30morning

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— three deaf grievances against hospitals

What are the three deaf grievances against hospitals?

Poor quality of interpreting services; lack of interpreters
(two separate issues); and fuzzy videos

This was what one deaf activist brought up in a posting!

 

 

— what attracted a well known actress to a deaf play

In an interview, actress Camryn Manheim said when she
heard about the Deaf West Theatre production of “Spring
Awakening” she immediately signed up. Why? She was
an interpreter in the past and it was an opportunity
for her to reconnect with the Deaf Community. What
she didn’t mention in the interview was that she’s
been close friends with Marlee Matlin.

 

 
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2015/09/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 29, 2015

— a deaf Mexican family helped by attorneys to become legal residents

We have many deaf Mexican immigrants in USA. They are trying
to become legal American residents. They have been helped by
attorneys in achieving their legal goals. This task is difficult
because of their problems in learning English, proving to
USA government that they would be persecuted if they
stayed home, etc. Most do not succeed in staying in USA
legally but a few have been successful. One such deaf
Mexican family is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-mexican-immigrant-family/

 

 

— British Bill of Rights is bad for deaf

Deaf people in Great Britain is saying that British
Bill of Rights is bad for them! They are saying
it is worse than the Human Rights Act as compared to
Europe’s Human Rights Act. They are saying
the British bill is worse than the European bill.
DeafDigest honestly does not know the difference
between both bills!

 
— the Pope in Philadelphia

When the Pope, at the last minute, decided to stop
and visit Philadelphia, it created problems for
a company that specializes in setting up accessible
seats for the deaf and the disabled. That company
said it normally takes three months to set things
up for the deaf and the disabled. And that they had
to do it a very short notice. If the deaf saw the
Pope but was not able to have visible interpreters,
this is the reason.

 

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2015/09/29morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 29, 2015 morning

 

— a thriller of a mystery novel about an interpreter

A book, titled “Deaf Voice: a sign-language interpreter in the court”
is 311 pages thick. It is about a man that became an interpreter
at the age of 43, and was assigned to interpret in a court
case. While interpreting he had a bad flashback that happened
to him when he was 26 years old. What happened to him
while interpreting is the mystery in the book. Want to
buy and read it? Well, it was written in Japanese
language and distributed only in Japan!

 
— a deaf company doing everything

DeafDigest received a press release about a deaf-owned
company that is practically doing everything – interpreting
services, captioning/CART services and video production.
That company is based in the southwest part of USA but
says it does business nationally with a long list
of clients. If this is true, then it is probably
the first – doing everything, because most
companies specialize in one thing, and not in everything.

 
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2015/09/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 28, 2015

 

 

 

— video relay bothered by 4,000 calls from one person

A man called a relay service 4,000 times. All of these calls
were not deaf-related. The relay provider has filed legal
action against the man. What was so shocking about it? That
this man was not deaf!

 
— confusion in Vermont

Austine School for the Deaf/Vermont Center for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing closed up last year. No money was
the reason. As a result, the state has no real contacts
with the deaf. No one in the state government knows
what to do with deaf issues – getting interpreters,
providing services, making appropriate referrals, etc.
The only thing going around is total confusion! As a
result the Vermont Association of the Deaf, which is
a volunteer organization, is trying to push legislation
to establish a state-wide deafness task force. The
senate approved it, the house didn’t. The association
is trying again next time.

 

 

 

 

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2015/09/28morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 28, 2015 morning

 

 

— communicating clearly about the failure to communicate

What is the widely acclaimed play “Spring Awakening”
of deaf & hearing cast on the Broadway is all about?
About the failure to communicate, which is the
play plot – yet these deaf and hearing actors
communicate this fact with the audience! A bit
of an irony here and there.

 

 

— a strange job description

A deaf person, himself a graduate of a Singaporean
university, said he has a job. The title is
full-time professional volunteer. This is strange.
To volunteer is to help, for no pay. To volunteer
full time means at least 8 hours per day. But to be
a professional means getting paid. This job
title is confusing!

 
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2015/09/27morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 27, 2015 morning

— audience impressions from Gallaudet presidential finalist presentations

Who won the best speaker award during the Gallaudet presidential
finalist presentations? Cordano? Lloyd-Ogoke? Reichman?
Comments were mixed. Several walked out during one presentation;
Some said one speaker came in too strong, while the other
speaker did not come out strong at all. Do keep in mind the
best speaker may not necessarily mean the board of trustees
will pick that person as president. There is much more to
consider other than just giving a public presentation.

— a possible reason for the Starkey corporate turmoil

DeafDigest mentioned few weeks ago that top Starkey
corporate executives were sacked. No reason was given,
though DeafDigest suspected it was financial. One
blog hinted that it had a lot to do with the money
being laundered via the Hillary and Chelsea Clinton
Foundation finances. Again, no ironclad evidence.

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