2020/09/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 18, 2020

— AI and the lost sign languages

There was a story that was titled:
Surprising Ways AI can help recover lost languages

Just add one word:
Surprising Ways AI can help recover lost sign languages

An example of a lost (or dying) sign language is the
Maritime Sign Language. DeafDigest editor saw a
video of a deaf person demonstrating this sign language.
Rest of Canada uses ASL, while in Quebec, the deaf use
French Sign Language. Years ago, the deaf of the
Maritimes used their own sign language. The younger
deaf of the Maritimes use ASL instead.

Would artificial intelligence help save these
lost sign languages? Hope so.

 

— deafness cures

A deaf woman is writing a book on efforts of her
family to try to cure her deafness. All of these
cures failed. Examples were religious events,
applying herbs, special food, plant-based food,
airplane diving, placing many different objects
into the ear, fake ear drums, opium, tobacco, etc.
These people just could not accept their deafness,
and move on.

 

— learning sign language five minutes per day

There is an app that says “Learn sign language in
5 minutes per day” – that easy to learn sign
language? No. It requires constant use of
sign language all day to pick up speed both
ways – reading signs and expressing signs.

 

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2020/09/17

— honoring a captioning pioneer

A tech web site ran this piece:

1947:
Emerson Romero, a deaf former silent film actor,
develops the first technique for captioning movies
with sound by splicing images with text between picture
frames, similar to the text cards of the silent film era.

While DeafDigest is not sure if Romero was the first
person to caption a movie, it is great that he is
being recognized. This task was so labor-intensive
and so time-consuming that he was only able to caption
just a few full length movies.

 

— American deaf child transfers to a deaf school in Canada

An American family, with a deaf child, moved from USA
to Canada. Reason was to have the deaf child attend
classes in Canada, instead of taking classes on-line.
How was this possible. The father is a Canadian citizen
hence making the move possible. The mother who is an
American, was not happy with the on-line classes in USA.

 

— a big reason to caption the videos

Captioning a video is hard work and time consuming.
No one likes to do it. Yes, there are auto-captions
that could do the job, but captioning accuracy
is a big issue. Anyway one important reason to
caption the video, either manually or automatically
is to locate the video easier during web searches.

 

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2020/09/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 16, 2020

— an expense that many people dread

What is an expense that many hearing people
dread?

Paying for interpreters.

It was mentioned in a newspaper story
and this is why we have the ADA.

 

— gestures and ASL

There are computers that can recognize
ASL and convert it to text or voice.

These same computers cannot convert
gestures to text or voice!

This was the story of a Netlix engineer
being recognized for programming gestures
into word balloons.

Word balloon? Just a new thing in texts.

 

— classes for deaf students

A question was asked of an adminstrator of
a mainstreamed program:

What is your plans for deaf students?

The response was disappointing:
We don’t know what to expect.

 

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2020/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 15, 2020

— National Labor Relations Board says RID broke no rules

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) deleted facebook
posts that discussed bad union issues and bad working conditions.
This complaint was brought to the attention of the National
Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a ruling, NRLB said RID’s
actions was legal – because these postings were not made
by RID’s employees but by those not employed by RID!

 

— Union Pacific Railroad discriminates against deaf train conductor

DeafDigest editor was surprised that we do have a train
conductor that has been deaf most of his life. Train conductors
deal with passengers that never paid for their tickets or with
passengers that missed their stops, etc. He was employed
by the Union Pacific Railroad Company but was fired because
of his deafness. This lawsuit dragged on and just now, the
Seventh Circuit agreed to restart this lawsuit after it
was originally thrown out.

 

— One of world’s most famous movie comedians was deaf

Leslie Nielsen, the world’s most famous comedian, who made
many people laugh in his movies, was deaf. He passed away
ten years ago. He wore hearing aids all of his life and
for that reason, many people never knew of his deafness.
Take off his hearing aids, he was profoundly deaf.
ASL speaking? No, as he was able to function as a
hearing person.

 

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2020/09/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 14, 2020

— a twist in hiring the deaf

There have been some hearing parents that own big
businesses, but would not hire their deaf
children. There was an obit  today – but with a twist –
it said that a deaf son that owned a medical practice
hired his deaf mother to be the office manager!
Being the office manager is not always that easy
a task, hence it is a big deal to hire the deaf.

 

— no interpreter in a court case

What is going to happen if the appointed interpreter
does not show up in a court case involving the deaf?
An upcoming workshop will be discussing this
situation – suggesting that deaf people have
rights, benefits and challenges in case there
are no interpreters. Really? In almost all cases
the judge will postpone the case.

 

— company co-started by the deaf now listed on the stock market

Do deaf-owned companies get listed on the stock market? Don’t
really know, but a company that was started by two partners,
one deaf and one hearing, has just got listed. The company
is AI-Media, which is one of USA’s largest captioning
providers. The deaf partner is second in command with
the company operations.

 

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