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DeafDigest – 16 December 2018

DeafDigest Blue – December 16, 2018
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
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Top stories about the deaf:
John Krasinski, the producer of the ‘A Quiet Place’
movie, said, in an interview, that  hiring the deaf
was always his only priority.
The NASA is working to make its videos and other
media outlets accessible to the deaf, and that
means one thing – captions.
Pinellas County (Florida) is now encouraging the
deaf to use text-911 in case of emergency, even
if it means overloading the dispatchers’
The Edo (Nigeria) Association of Deaf People has
a problem. Many deaf members beg on the streets.
As a result, the association chairperson has asked
the government to push deaf people off the streets
and to require them to look for jobs.
When earthquake took place in Anchorage, Alaska,
the deaf community used group text messages
to keep each other informed on the developments.
This was part of a newspaper story on this
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    Is Deaf Culture different from Hearing Culture?
We notice that when a hearing person meets an old
hearing friend, they will shake hands.
    But when we meet an old deaf friend,
we hug each other.
    Are the deaf different from hearing people?
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Lip reading tale
The boss asked the deaf employee for something
The deaf person thought the boss said:
Please get me the cream for the copying machine
The boss actually said:
Please get me the ream for the copying machine
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    A hearing woman was surprised to have two
deaf daughters. She had no deaf members in
her family or in her husband’s family for
about 2 or 3 generations.
    She was still puzzled about it, and
decided to research her family tree. She
went to libraries, archives and spoke with
very distant members of the family tree.
    Her research went back to about ten
generations. She then discovered she had
several deaf members way back in the past.
    How many people want to do heavy
family history research? Some do, but many
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Have you ever seen a captioning error and said, “Wow, that’s funny”? Or
have you been angry or annoyed?
When a television broadcast or an event is being captioned “live,”
mistakes are going to happen. Realtime captioners are only human, and even
if they caption with 99% accuracy, that still means that there will be 1
word out of 100 that will be wrong.
It is important that we educate ourselves on what an acceptable amount of
mistakes would be and realize that those may not be able to be avoided.
However, we must also be aware of what is unacceptable captioning. If
there are too many errors, it definitely is not humorous, and it should be
reported to the people in charge of the captioning.
If you are watching a television show that is not being broadcast “live”
and has been prerecorded, that is a different story. There should not be
any errors in the captioning. The time should be taken to correct any
captioning errors before the show is broadcast.
Unfortunately, to save money, some broadcasters allow captioning errors on
shows that are prerecorded. Complaints should be made to the people in
charge. If they do not take steps to correct the issues, a complaint
should be made to the FCC.
Let the broadcasters know that someone is watching the captioning. Give
them feedback for great captioning as well as poor captioning. Even if
they may not seem responsive, it helps to let them know that people do
care and that they are watching the captioning.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    Deaf employees are often more productive than their
co-workers. This was the message stressed by Frank
Klees, not deaf, who is the Newmarket-Aurora MPP
in Canada.
    The event was a roundtable discussion that took place
recently in Ontario.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to John Conforth,
an Australian. He won the Nobel prize in Chemistry in 1975.
He was deaf all his life but did not use sign language.
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