April 2009 archive

I'm Deaf, I'm Not Ignoring You

I remember in the ’80s when pins were popular and full of Valley Girl talk. One popular pin was “I’m not deaf, I’m ignoring you.” I had one as it made for a good laugh. Paul (hubby) was talking to another parent at yesterday’s T-ball practice. She told him about her husband attending our kids’ …

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CaptionTube: YouTube Captioning

[Mashable has a post on CaptionTube](http://mashable.com/2009/04/16/captiontube/), a service that makes it easier for users to add captions to their YouTube videos. [CaptionTube](http://captiontube.appspot.com/) requires a Google account (I think many of us have this by now). I tried out the service on my [skydiving video](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8qKFrwQCXU). It was easy! I just played, paused, entered captions. However, the …

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Jonah Syndrome

[Jamie Berke](http://deafness.about.com/cs/archivedarticles/a/jonahsyndrome.htm) has an excellent article introducing Jonah Syndrome. I remember the movie, *And your name is Jonah*. It was broadcast in 1979 — still a few years before captions hit. Berke explains that the people behind the movie promoted it heavily in deaf communities yet the movie contained no captions. Like I said, it …

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Fire Alarm Safety

[Recent research](http://www.lifetonesafety.com/pages/professional_center/5.php) by Dorothy Bruck and Ian Thomas on behalf of the Fire Protection Research Foundation shows that almost 44 percent of many people — including people with hearing loss, seniors, children, and heavy sleepers do not wake to the sound of standard fire alarms. With roughly half of all home fire deaths resulting from …

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March 2009 Accessibility Updates

Laura Carlson reports many exciting accessibility updates. Why should businesses bother captioning? National Association of the Deaf (NAD) reports that 32 million Americans have some type of hearing loss and another 32 million Americans were born in another country (learning English). 18 million Americans are five-years-old or younger (reading). Now the latest happenings: The Paciello …

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