Options, to me, open doors. My father used this analogy once: the more options you have, the more doors available (i.e. opportunities) but you kind of have to make sure you have access options through preparation. Well he didn’t say that exactly, but that’s what I took from it.
The Inauguration was like that for me in a couple of ways. We were planning to watch it at work and I spent a couple of days trying to find it captioned. The tricky part was to find it live streamed since we don’t have TV. I was really happy that I was able to find this opportunity. I e-mailed the link to my IT guy and we were ready to go. Then the night before I noted another link that was being passed around for the Inauguration in ASL. I already had a plan so I didn’t think much of it. Come Inauguration morning, I noticed that we were having issues with the Internet. We couldn’t get on the Web site that had the captions due to the enormous amount of traffic! We tried and tried, but without success. So I told my IT guy to find it live streamed on another Web site and I would try the link with ASL. Success! I was able to watch Obama’s speech live in ASL. I was so thankful that I knew ASL, or this opportunity would not have been available to me and I would have missed it.
After the speech, I went back to my office. I had a lot to work on! I took off my hearing aid but left my Cochlear Implant on. I do this sometimes to give my ears some rest. It’s hard work trying to hear all of the time! After awhile, I realized I was hearing, with just my cochlear implant, the end of the National Anthem from three office doors down the hallway! That is amazing, I don’t think I could recognize that with my hearing aid.
I think it’s amazing what you can do with a little awareness, a skill or a tool. Something to think about and expand on.
PepsiCo’s 60 seconds of utter silence will stump the hearing
The Super Bowl is having an all-signed commercial with captions for the signing-impaired.
The joke as I know it goes like this: A deaf man and his wife are tired so they pull into a hotel. They check in. The wife goes to sleep immediately. The husband however is thirsty, so he goes to find the vending machine. Upon returning, he can’t remember which room they’re staying in. After thinking for a bit, he gets an idea. He goes to the car and leans on the horn. All the lights in the rooms lit up except one. “ah ha!” He thinks. “That’s my room!”
The interesting thing about all of this is that it is NAD’s (National Association of the Deaf) press release that says the commercial will be captioned, but AP (Associated Press) makes no mention of it that I can find.
Making of the commercial
Official Web site
After sending my insurance information to the new place, within four to five business days I got an e-mail back with appointments scheduled for a CT Scan, Medical Eval., and CI Eval. – all approved by my insurance company. WOW. The appointments are all scheduled on the 27 and 28, a week from today. So wish me luck.
I’m still having a negative view on the implant. In the beginning of this whole thing, I was excited about hearing things. Now, not so much. I do well with my one hearing aid. I can understand voices and environmental sounds pretty well. It’s not like I can’t hear anything. Is a CI really going to be that much better? Or are the people who are so happy with the CI, hearing at the same level as what I hear now?
With hearing people, I feel so frustrated. I often think they’re lazy, they don’t care to get to know me, they don’t care to know how to try, they don’t try. Why should I try? I’ve tried my whole life, and I’m still trying. I don’t get much of a reward for it. This worries me more and more lately. I feel so at ease, so at home using sign language. I feel myself. Trying to have a verbal conversation with people makes me feel awkward. My husband would argue that it’s not the people who make me feel at home (people who know sign versus people who don’t know sign) but the fact that I love to communicate and that when I can’t do it proficiently I feel frustrated. I’m trying to keep my focus there, but it’s been hard to lately.
From Marketwire: IBM Research Demonstrates Innovative ‘Speech to Sign Language’ Translation System
Very neat, but too bad it only goes one way. They need something that can also translate sign to speech! I bet that’s a lot harder though.
I’ll admit, I’ve never heard them play, but I thought this was neat. The media doesn’t need to look at it as a bad thing. Basically, the blurb below was included in a list of seven “pampered” celebrities and their “ridiculous” pre-show demands in Mental_Floss Magazine.
“5. Poison’s Poison
Pretty standard for a rock band, really. Deli trays, condiments, lots of booze, etc. But what was Poison’s poison? Apparently, pyrotechnics. Their contract also required that all the venue’s smoke and fire detectors be switched off due to the band’s flair for flares. So how do we think the concertgoers would feel knowing that little tidbit? Also very odd, Poison’s rider stipulates that an American Sign Language interpreter must be made available on request for the band’s deaf fans. And the band will need 24 hours’ notice if the ASL interpreter needs the lyrics beforehand. Of course, some critics claim that most of the band’s fan base was deaf (records sold being proof).”
As posted in the Times-Picayune today. It talks about a language program for oral deaf children in New Orleans. I don’t think they include ASL (I couldn’t find it in the article) in this program, but I could be wrong.