Deaf activists warn against FCC push for automatic phone-captioning service

Activists are expressing concerns about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) push to adopt a new phone system for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, saying the services may not meet their needs and are potentially biased.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), qualifying deaf or hard of hearing people have access to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), which provides transcription for phone calls, similar to television closed captions, through a combination of technology and human interpreters.

Read more at https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/policy/technology/462810-deaf-activists-warn-against-fcc-proposal-to-automate-phone-captioning%3famp.

Note: this would apply to IP relay, Captel and similar relay services. Basically the same that we see on emergency and news shows with bad captioning as no one is there to correct it anymore.

EwOk, the World’s Most Famous Deaf Professional Gamer

We saw in Unusualverse that the video game has been one of the last conquests of Sign Language. Now, from the industry’s point of view, Deaf people are also rampaging as professional gamers and streamers. This is EwOk, a Deaf gamer and online streamer with so much talent that people want to learn Sign Language to communicate with her.

Read the rest of the story at https://www.unusualverse.com/2019/09/ewok-videogame-deaf-fornite.html?m=1.

Drama Kids ASL Cabaret

ASL Cabaret in red letters with yellow splashes on a black background.

Join us for Drama Kids of Wilmington’s 3rd annual cabaret. This year is especially unique as we will be presenting our songs both in sung word and in ASL through live, theatrical interpreters. A portion of proceeds will go towards the Delaware School for the Deaf. Come see for yourself what is sure to be a moving, beautiful evening.

Where: Gibby Arts Center (at the Everett Theatre), 51 W. Main St., Middletown, DE 19709
When: October 19th 7-9pm
Cost: $5.00 (most proceeds will be donated to DSD school)

More Details at https://www.ticketsource.us/whats-on/middletown-de-19709/gilbert-perry-center-for-the-arts-the-gibby/drama-kids-asl-cabaret/e-vovaxj?fbclid=IwAR3zAE0yzOxwRxqXdpUvRe6hR9Z6Cs02iSfMvRd4ICXU3W1wKIP1JWrc2Is.

Reminder – DAD Meeting this Sunday September 15

DAD LogoPublic Welcome

September 15 (Sunday) at 1pm

Bear Library (just off Route 1)
Meeting Room #3 (see note below)
101 Governors Pl, Bear, DE 19701

Note: We’ll meet in meeting room 3 inside the library, past the other meeting rooms at the entrance of the library. The room is located on the other side of the book checkout area when you walk in on your left side and just before a computer classroom.