— A difference between Ashley Fiolek and Marlee Matlin
Ashley Fiolek is a famous deaf motocross champion. Marlee Matlin is a famous deaf actress. What is the difference between these famous deaf women? Marlee requires all of her movie and TV appearances to be captioned. Ashley performed in a recent Red Bull/Honda commercial – that was not captioned! Did Ashley ask the TV people to caption the filming?
— ASL could instruct computer what to do!
A deaf person using ASL to tell the computer to do something? Yes, as Microsoft engineers may make it possible with the new SoundWave software. SoundWave can recognize hand gestures. With more software improvements, SoundWave may later recognize ASL. If successful then we can use ASL with our tablets and smart phones!
— Times Square’s CBS Super Screen shows important deaf message
New York’s Times Square has the CBS Super Screen. Everyone looks at it while walking through. And it is showing a deaf message – the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services and its Public Service Announcement about rights and needs of deaf women in domestic situations. These messages are 15 seconds long and rotates with other messages.
— Insulting the deaf while seeking help from the deaf
A hearing person posted on a deaf web site this message:
I am not deaf, and very thankful for that. I wish to learn ASL. Please tell me where are the ASL classes being held?
Not a surprise; no deaf person helped that hearing person. No one should ever say in front of a deaf person that he is thankful for not being deaf! It is very insulting.
— Fire alarm at theatre that showed captioned movie
A moviehouse in Abingdon, MD was showing the captioning of the movie “Avengers.” An angry hearing patron, who did not want captions, complained to the theater general manager. The manager offered a refund, but the man turned it down and then watched the captioned movie. When the movie ended, the man, still upset, demanded his money back. The manager said no because he already saw the film. The angry man then pulled the fire alarm! He was arrested and may be fined $5,000!