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DeafDigest – 30 September 2018

DeafDigest Blue – September 30, 2018
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
This week’s ASL videos in youtube
Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
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Top stories about the deaf:
Which is more effective, a survey in Gibraltar to
locate and identify the deaf residents – or to do
a regular census? A group is using a survey, hoping
it will give them an accurate count of the deaf.
A Deaf CERT class is being taught in Georgia
for deaf people interested in helping with
emergency responses in the Deaf Community.
Ian Cameron, who is deaf and from a 9-generation
brewing family in Scotland, has established
a Scottish-style brewery-distillery in the USA,
located in Mesa, Arizona.
There was a big story that said Deaf Canadians
are at risk in times of national emergency –
because of an inadequate disaster response
systems, province by province.
The Deaf Zimbabwe Trust, an organization which
advocates the needs of the deaf, is pushing
to have deaf people get involved in all
aspects of life in the nation.
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
    A deaf person goes to Starbucks every day to order
the same thing. The people at Starbucks know him and
they do not have to listen to his order because he always
order the same thing.
    One day, the deaf person was in mood for something
different at Starbucks
    He has a hard time explaining to the Starbucks
people that he wanted a different order.
    A hearing person could voice his different order,
but it may be difficult for a deaf person.
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Lip reading tale
A deaf patient was at the dentist’s suite
The deaf patient thought the dental assistant said:
it is time for your flu, alright?
The dental assistant actually said:
it is time for your fluoride, alright?
The deaf patient only caught it when the
assistant showed her the fluoride in her hand.
This week’s ASL video in youtube
    We have many deaf social service agencies in
USA. These agencies do “everything” – ASL classes,
interpreting services, hearing aid tests, job
referral services, counseling, etc.
    What is the busiest task one deaf service
agency has to do?
    It is advocacy – speaking to legislators,
lawyers, newspaper reporters, public speeches
on many deaf problems (child abuse, drugs,
alcoholism, crimes, suicide threats, etc.
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“I sometimes see mistakes in the realtime captioning on TV. How do I get
captioning without mistakes?”
Some captioning must be done “live,” such as for news, sports, and other
events. Unfortunately, there will be some mistakes in realtime captioning.
However, we must all become educated about the difference between an
acceptable number of errors and poor captioning.
Many companies say that their captioners achieve a 98% accuracy rate. When
you think about that, that means that there are two mistakes in every 100
words. If you look at the words that have been written so far in this
article, 98% would mean that two of the words would be wrong.
All of the truly great captioners still make mistakes, but their accuracy
rate is usually above 99%. Some captioners are even able to attain a rate
of 99.5% or better.
Some of the new captioning programs claim to be 80 or 90% accurate. That
means that for every 100 words, 10 or 20 of them will be wrong.  When you
read something with that many errors, it may be very difficult to follow
what is being said.
We cannot settle for 80 or 90% accuracy.  People who use captioning must
let the people doing the captioning know that that is not acceptable.
However, we must learn to accept the fact that there will sometimes be an
error in the realtime captioning just because none of us are perfect.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    This is a belated dedication. Darrel Robinson was mentioned
in last week’s DeafDigest as the good boss who made a great
impression on an impressionable teenager many years ago.
    It was learned that not only he owned and operated his
own Robby’s Drive-In in Los Angeles, but also owned another
one, with the same name in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
    As a young man, he attended Gallaudet before making it
out in the business world. Said an acquaintance:
he was a good guy
    Thank you, Darrel for showing the hearing world that
a deaf person could operate a successful eateries in
two different cities.
News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
DeafDigest dedicates this edition to George
Fellendorf who departed us. He was an engineer
when his daughter was born deaf. Making a career
switch, he served as director of AgBell for
16 years (1962-1978). While he advocated the
oral education of the deaf, he did not oppose
the use of sign language, and in fact, knew
little signs himself.
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