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ASL Social Group At Spot Coffee In February

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Tonight was the second time I attended the ASL group at Spot Coffee. This time I was looking forward to going. I have only been there once before, as I just learned about it on facebook. It is for people that know how to speak in sign language or that want to learn more of it. It doesn’t matter if you are deaf or hearing.

The only deaf people that was there this time was the other two guys and me. The rest were hearing. Hopefully more deaf people will show up in the next few weeks at this event. It’s a good thing a lot of hearing people want to learn sign language. It impresses me they care to know how to communicate with those that can’t hear. I enjoyed meeting new people tonight and I am going back on February 22nd.

My sign language skills are improving. Long time ago I knew how to sign very well. That’s because I went to N.T.I.D. in the past. Over the years I have forgotten how to speak fluently in sign language. Now it’s all coming back to me and I’m catching up. Sooner or later I’ll remember how to sign most of the words that I have forgotten. This is a good social even to go to.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/2287913-asl-social-hour-event-in-february

Changes At Drive-Thru Places Can Help Millions Of Customers

ImageCan you imagine if all drive-thru restaurants had touch screens as an option to use? That way people wouldn’t have to deal with the annoying speakers that is hard to understand from. Deaf people have no use for speakers at all. Even the hearing impaired cannot make out the words being said over them. Speakers at drive-thru places are a nuisance for the deaf world. Even those that can hear have told me they have trouble understanding things over the speakers.

Wouldn’t it be better if they provided touch screens or some other ways for people to order than to have to use the speakers? I have sent a list of ideas of how they can provide better services for deaf customers to the VP of Arby’s. He replied to me that he had forwarded my list of ideas to the marketing support team to see what they can do. I am really very excited about this. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if they make it easier for the deaf customers at these places to order without having to deal with communication difficulties?

Now I hope that all places will participate and make some changes to help their deaf customers. That includes Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and many more that I have not mentioned.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1699666-changes-at-drive-thru-places-will-help-millions-of-people

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1694748-deaf-lady-is-disappointed-in-arby039s-again

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1608721-deaf-lady-gets-the-thumbs-up-at-wendy039s-drive-thru

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1640176-tim-hortons-drive-thru-needs-assistance-for-the-deaf

Guest Post by Kirsty Boden: Home Resolutions For The Deaf – Deafgard

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Kirsty Boden is a keen blogger and social media enthusiast, and enjoys creating quality pieces of engaging content for her followers.
Whether it be on behalf of herself or a client, she enjoys sharing her personal experiences and has a diverse span of interests including technology, food, health, fitness, fashion and the arts.
My Twitter is @littlebearson, https://twitter.com/littlebearson if anyone wishes to contact me 🙂
As a part-time carer for an elderly relative I know first-hand some of the daily challenges faced by those individuals who are hard of hearing. The most common problems are often surrounding the most basic of tasks which many of us take for granted; communicating with others, watching television or speaking on the phone. With these daily rigmaroles to deal with it is easy to overlook one of the most important concerns that should be addressed – home fire safety.

Many hard of hearing people feel most vulnerable at night time and are fearful of not being alerted in an emergency. Hearing aids are not for everyone and even if the individual does usually wear one it is common to take the device out when sleeping for ease of comfort. Some rely on service dogs for support, or as is with my grandfather, the assistance of a loved one to awaken and warn them of any disturbance or noise that may occur.

Although it is rare to be caught up in a house fire, it is still absolutely vital to take necessary measures to ensure that your home and the people inside it are protected from fire risks. The results of fire can be devastating; the flames relentlessly destroy your home with no thought to your personal belongings. Not to mention the safety of your loved ones; a shocking statistic from Directgov revealed that 72% of the recorded fatalities from fires actually occur in the home.

Fireco at: http://www.firecoltd.com specialize in creating and supplying innovative new fire safety products and systems. The Deafgard at http://www.firecoltd.com/Fire/deafgard.aspx is one of their products; a wireless fire alarm which works by vibrating the pillow and flashing lights when a fire alarm sounds. This wireless device is designed to sit comfortably on a bedside table and has a vibrating pad attached to it which sits beneath the sleeper’s pillow at night. If a fire alarm sounds, the Deafgard receives a radio signal from a device that picks up the sound of the alarm and activates its flashing LED lights and LCD screen, thus awakening the individual and raising the alarm. My grandfather recommends his Deafgard as an excellent alarm clock too!

Vibrating fire alarm units such as the Deafgard help the hard of hearing, deaf and elderly to keep their independence and not feel reliant on friends and family to alert them during an emergency. They also allow for people to live alone and/or stay in the comfort of their own home for longer rather than going into care.

Although they don’t come cheap, you may be able to claim one on your health insurance or through your healthcare plan. Consult your doctor to see if you are entitled to a discount, as we were.

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 To Sign Good Morning And Other Words

Learn how to sign good morning and several other words.

Do Deaf Drivers Know When A Cop Is Behind Them?

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When I drive, my music is usually playing, and it is pretty loud.  Therefore I cannot hear anything that is going on outside of the car.   Even when it’s off, I cannot hear the police siren  behind me.   Usually I am looking at the mirrors every five minutes to see if anyone is driving too close .    That’s one way how I find out of there happens to be a cop behind me.
hornIf someone is blowing their car horn at me, I can’t hear it unless they honk it more than 3 times.  Sometimes when the other driver is honking at you, they will give you an angry wave if you don’t respond to their beeping .   It would be helpful if all deaf people would keep a deaf visor card in their car.

cartoon of hornI put a Visor Card in my car so that if a cop ever pulls me over, it explains that I am hard of hearing so that the cop will know.   It also tells the cop how to communicate with me properly.    What I could use is a big waterproof sticker that says I’m deaf and stick it on the back of my car.  And one for the front too if needed.  Except I don’t know where to get these things.   I hope someday someone will invent these kind of stickers for the deaf drivers to help keep them safe on the road.

http://www.rcil.org/index.php/advocacy/success-stories/82-new-visor-card-assists-police-deaf-communications

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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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