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Deaf Digest Blue – October 16, 2011

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A DEAF COMEDIAN At the Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival, going on right now in Toronto, one of the contenders for the top award in the Best Newcomer category is DJ Demers. He is deaf. He uses his two hearing aids as a topic of jokes that makes people laugh.

THESE PROTEST RALLY NO-SHOWS This week we have seen anti-Wall Street protests erupt everywhere in USA. But one such protest, planned at the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, only attracted approximately 50 protesters. The police officers were pleasantly surprised. Did this spare turnout happen at any Deaf Protest rally in the past? During the late eighties, a disgruntled deaf individual staged an anti-DCARA protest at a public facility. Come the anti-DCARA protest, only two deaf individuals showed up, despite handouts distributed everywhere in the Bay Area. DCARA has continued to thrive whereas the disgruntled deaf individual practically disappeared from public sight!

WHAT DO INTERPRETERS HATE?

a hearing person asking the interpreter:

Could your deaf client drive a car?

if you have these “hate” or “horror” stories, please mailto:barry@deafdigest.com

COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

Although captioners and CART providers use steno machines that have computers built in to record their steno strokes, they usually do not use the steno machines themselves to translate their steno strokes into the English that is read by the consumers or clients.  The captioners send their steno strokes to a laptop or desktop computer, which then translates the steno strokes into text.

Many of the steno machines nowadays offer a small screen where the captioner or CART provider can see translations of the steno notes, but in order to get those steno strokes into a form that can be sent to an encoder or displayed on a CART screen, a laptop or desktop computer is generally necessary.

There are special software programs that hold “dictionaries” that the captioners have created which tell the computer how to translate each steno stroke that is written.  These programs are called computer-aided transcription (CAT) programs.  The CAT program is loaded on the laptop or desktop computer, and the steno machine is hooked up either via a cable or wirelessly to communicate with that computer.

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