2020/07/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 8, 2020

— Walmart may offer something free that is not deaf-friendly

Walmart is seriously thinking of offering free drive-in
movies at their own parking lots. Open captions for
the deaf? This matter was not discussed in their
announcement. Walmart is sometimes good to the deaf;
Walmart is sometimes not good to the deaf. We shall
see if their free drive-ins are open captioned!

 

— deaf trying to open combination lock safes

There was a story that hearing people, with superior
sense of hearing, can open up combination lock safes,
after listening for these clicks. This story also said
this method will not work for the deaf. DeafDigest
has known of deaf locksmiths. Are they able to open
up these safes?

 

— percentage wars

We have many tech groups trying to develop sign
language gloves, possibly each thinking their
such glove is the only one of its kind in the
world! One would say their glove is 98 percent
accurate; another one would say their glove is
99 percent accurate, and so on. Percentages?
Is it possible that the one saying it is 98
percent accurate may say it is 99 percent accurate
on their next testing, and also those saying
99 percent may go down to 98 percent, too.

 

 

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2020/07/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 7, 2020

— four cats that help the deaf

DeafDigest mentioned a while ago that cats may help
the deaf. A DeafDigest subscriber has four cats, and
they all raise their heads when there is noise
coming from the outside. And they also raise their
heads when people walk up the stairs. So, dogs do
help the deaf, so do the cats.

 

— city council compares captioning options

In a medium-sized town, the city council has
decided to caption its meetings. Three
options were brought up.

#1 – captions from a public domain app? It cannot
be livestreamed and has errors, and speaker
identification is not shown.

#2 – captions from a provider at a very low cost?
It has errors, and voice speech sometimes shows
dirty words!

#3 – captions from another provider, cost much
higher than #2 option? 95 percent accuracy rate
with speaker identification; the longer the
meeting the higher the cost!

The city council, upon recommendation from a
local deaf agency, recommended #3

 

— preferred accomodation vs reasonable accomodation

A deaf employee preferred live interpreter; the employer
preferred video interpreting. The deaf employee filed
a lawsuit. The jury agreed with the employee with a
$775,000 award. The 11th Circuit Appeals court
disagreed and threw out the case, making Costco,
the defendant, the winner, saying employer can
provide reasonable accomodations. Next step –
the Supreme Court, which almost just rarely takes on
deaf cases?

 

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2020/07/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 6, 2020

— if video movie has no sound

If a hearing person watches a video movie
and there is no sound, then what to do?
There were 9 suggestions; the last
suggestion was this – turn on the captions.
DeafDigest editor has this question – what
happens if captions do not work (or is terribly
garbled)?

 

— first accessible fast food place

Americans grab their food at fast food places
(and eat on the go). Sheetz, a popular gas station/
fast food chain in the eastern parts of USA came
up with touch screen menus in 1995. The ADA
was signed into law in 1990. Was ADA the reason
for Sheetz’s touch screens or was it set up
to make things easier for the hearing (while
at the same time, making things much, much
easier for the deaf).

 

— our Deaf Astronauts

Our Deaf Astronauts? A joke? No. A research paper
was written by two linguists and published
in a European Space Agency journal. It said
that linguistics could become an issue during
space travel. These writers suggested that
sign language could be used to overcome linguistic
issues. This is where, DeafDigest suggests, that
we train deaf individuals to become astronauts!

 

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