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UB Center for the Arts Ignored My Requests for Captioning Twice

When I went to buy the tickets for my daughter’s dance recital, I requested for closed captioning. The girl there told me no problem, I can just ask for the special glasses at the show. When I went to watch the show the first night, they did not have any thing with captioning to help me understand what was going on at my daughter’s dance recital. On the second night, I never heard from the manager as I put in a request to be contacted. Therefore I did not get any accommodations for services I needed as a deaf individual twice when I asked for it. Read more about what happened on bubblews at :Image

http://www.bubblews.com/news/597760-deaf-lady039s-second-request-for-captioning-got-ignored-at-university-of-buffalo

We Need Someone To Come And To Start A New Invention For The Deaf

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It is difficult for me when I go grocery shopping and out to public places when people are trying to speak to me from behind. Usually they don’t get any response because I do not hear them trying to talk to me. The outcome is not good, people are not happy when someone doesn’t answer them. And there is no way for others to know people like me are deaf, unless I can wear something that can identify me as not being able to hear. Please read these two articles on bubblews by clicking on the links below to learn more about this.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/571624-we-need-a-new-invention-to-help-people-identify-deaf-shoppers-now

http://www.bubblews.com/news/577363-deafness-is-no-joke

Guest Post by John O’Connor

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Hi my name is John O’Connor, I am a father, outdoorsman, sports enthusiast and passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Check out my new blog at:   http://bloggingwjohno.blogspot.com/

Children and Hearing Loss-Changing The Way We See Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is a possibility for any person; it can happen at any age.  When people think of the hearing loss, they often think of it as something that only happens to people when they become older in age.  Hearing loss can happen to children and even teenagers.  Eight percent of people in the U.S. population who have experienced significant hearing loss are under the age of 18.  People must understand that hearing loss isn’t age related.

As previously mentioned, hearing loss can occur at practically any age.  It is estimated that 15 percent of children between ages 6 and 19 have either high or low frequency hearing loss.  Children who have experienced hearing loss will likely have trouble with verbal communication, word order and grammar in school. Children can wear hearing aids as an option or learn sign language to improve their ability to communicate.  Sign language allows a person to communicate with others when a person is hard of hearing or has become deaf.

Children suffering from hearing loss may be bullied by their peers as a result of their condition. Adversity resulting from hearing loss shouldn’t discourage children from pursuing their dreams. Inspirational stories from people like Thomas Edison and Tamika Catchings show how people can persevere.  Thomas Edison, a businessman and successful inventor, lost his hearing at the age of twelve.  Edison developed a positive attitude and learned to embrace this impairment.  He began to concentrate on his work and experiments, inventing the phonograph, carbon microphone and incandescent light bulb.  Tamika Catchings, a six-time WNBA All-Star player and Olympic Gold Medalist, lost her hearing at a young age.  The hearing impairment motivated her to work hard on the basketball court and helped her navigate the bullying she experienced as a result of her hearing loss.

EarQ, a company who is a supplier of hearing aids, has launched a campaign called HearStrong to raise awareness and address the social stigmas of hearing loss.  The campaign identifies role models who encourage people to pursue their endeavors despite their hearing impairments.  These “HearStrong Champions” aim to change how people perceive individuals suffering from hearing loss.

A person who has become deaf or hard of hearing should know that there are no limitations for people with hearing loss.  Children should be tested regularly for hearing loss and take steps to preserve their hearing.  Parents with children who have loss their hearing should be prepared to help their children embrace the condition and understand that they are no different from other children.  With the right knowledge, technical resources and attitude, any person with hearing loss can go on to do great things.

New Hearing Aids At Last

Golden-sunset-reflecting-in-the-wate-of-lakeGood evening everybody! It’s so good to be here tonight. Last summer I had requested for new hearing aids from Beltone. They worked terrible, so I had them returned. Later my regular audiologist ordered a new pair of Phonak hearing aids for me. I had no idea how that would turn out due to my bad experience with the Beltone hearing aids. Believe me, I will never go back to Beltone, their hearing aids were awful. When I went to see my audiologist, he tested these new hearing aids on a machine hooked up to a computer. We had to pick out the level of the sound that I was comfortable with.

A few weeks later, I received a check given to me by my Empire Plan Insurance company. Happily I paid my audiologist the 3,000 dollars from my insurance company. That covered my hearing aids and my new ear molds, plus the batteries. So I didn’t have to pay a dime. You could say I got them free. Boy I was lucky. Then I tried them on and they were very comfortable with the ear molds. I was very happy. These are much better than my old ones. I was hearing some sounds I never heard before in my entire life! So that is amazing. These are really good hearing aids.

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Deaf Lady Teaches You More Sign Language

NFTA Meeting In February

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meeting nfta  Open-mouthed smileThis was my second NFTA meeting, it went well except I talked too much this time.    There was a girl that was deaf  in one ear sitting right next to me and I never even knew she was partially deaf.    I had passed out my agenda for the directors and everyone else to read on what the deaf  passengers need at airports and on trains.       For weeks, I spent time preparing myself to make a little speech on stuff that nobody have heard about.    Here I am going on and on about how I didn’t get any closed captioning screen at my gate and on the plane at the airport.      Angry smileThen when I asked if the airport could provide me these services on my next flight, I didn’t get the response I wanted to hear.   They told me that the airport doesn’t always have the funding for these services.    That’s when I blurted out that I had filed a complaint against Delta Airlines, I wanted them to know I thought Delta Airlines sucks.   Then a few people understood where I was coming from and made some good suggestions which I really appreciated.   For some reason, I kept on talking about what deaf people need on the trains and at the airports.  I went on and on about it.   Really, I wish I would just shut up for awhile, and let someone else talk.  It seemed like all I was doing was complain endlessly, and I felt close to making a fool out of myself there.

talk too much  Disappointed smileFinally the blind lady with the cute quiet dog that came said she was amazed that I really stood up for the deaf people, and this is rare.   That made me feel better and pretty good about myself being there.     And I wanted to shake hands with the man in the wheelchair that supported my speech.  Really, I felt like I was taking over the meeting, I have never talked so much in my life.   Boy I was worried I was going to bore everyone with my endless speech.   Surprisingly they all listened to what I had to say.     I made two requests and asked one of the  directors of NFTA to find out if they could close caption the important announcements on the Buffalo metro rail trains.     He said he will look into that.    I had also asked him if he could find out of they could educate the police on the trains better on how to talk to the deaf riders when checking out their tickets.      I had made a complaint about that because the cop was talking to me from behind and I didn’t hear or understand a word being said.    And he was very nice and said he will check that out also.  So I thanked him and finally I stopped going off with my mouth about the lack of deaf services.     The last thing was I asked for some kind of ID for me to show to people that I am deaf.   And luckily there was a director there that told me I can get a visor card.

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So I was happy about that, never knew those things existed.   Right now they are updating the website, so it will be some time before it is done.   After I said something about how the Delta Airlines website sucked for the deaf people, they have been changing it.   And I really appreciate that a lot.    At least they are doing something.    And I will continue on with my fight for the rights for the deaf passengers.

NFTA Meeting for February 2013

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To NFTA:

                         I have typed up an agenda and made copies that I’d like to pass around to people at the meeting.  It’s basically on ideas I hope that can be used to help deaf people.  I just hope I don’t forget to bring the folder with me.    I mostly have stuff I need to discuss regarding problems with deaf riders on the metro rail train, that I ran into when I rode on it.   At the last meeting, I pretty much said what I hoped to improve in airports, but I have a problem with viewing the website.   I have tried looking up the Buffalo Airport and I still can’t find any information what kind of services they provide for the deaf passengers.   And the other problem is I still don’t see where or how I can sign up when I take my next flight for special accommodations for myself.   This is to have them give me a closed captioning monitor at my gate and a closed captioning monitor on the airplane to display the words on the screen when they do the safety demonstration.   As far as a number, I rarely use the phone.   I would rather sign up online, than to call.

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I saw nothing in the buffalo airports website describing the deaf services in the airport and I was disappointed.   At one point I came to one of the websites and it said deaf and it had one number, that was it.  I’d like to know where is the website that describes what services the airport provides for the deaf people. How they can sign up for it?  
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When I looked up the airport, I tried to go under deaf services at buffalo airport and got nothing.   Then I tried to look up deaf help and nothing.  I don’t know where it is.   As far as I do know you told me they were updating the website, so I guess it isn’t there yet.    At the meeting can someone please speak up and direct me on how to sign up for what I need when it comes to getting a closed captioning monitor at the gate and on the plane for my next flight.
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I hope this can all be explained to me at the meeting.   I do understand some of the deaf people got the services as Bev told me that. But all deaf people should be able to get these services just some. I was never given any special accommodations when I was there even though I  told them I was deaf when I checked in my suitcases.Image
 
And I think it is very important for the airport to find a way to print out deaf brochures describing their deaf services and how to get them, even if it costs money. It really shouldn’t cost that much, as there’s not that many deaf passengers it could just be sent to the passengers that can’t hear.
 
One more thing, I needed to ask you.   Would it be possible for NFTA to print out special I.D. cards for the deaf riders?   All I want is an i.d. card given to me from N.F.T.A. saying I am deaf, so I can show it to the cop that asks to see our ticket.    The cop was behind me on the train last week and was trying to ask for my ticket and I didn’t hear her.    I would like to show them proof I’m deaf, so that they don’t think I am ignoring them when they ask for the ticket as I couldn’t hear her from behind me.    So can someone ask the cops that check our tickets to walk in front of us, not from behind so that I can lipread what they are saying?   If I can get an i.d. card from N.F.T.A. to use on the metro rail train, it would be really helpful.    All it needs to say I’m deaf, and I’m willing to pay 1 or 2 dollars for it, if it can’t be done for free,  as that would save me a lot of trouble when the cops approach me and ask for my ticket when I don’t hear them .

 

 

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