Monday, 19 November 2018

USA new ASL Emoji's

American sign emojis. Signily  is an Emoji-Style Sign Language Keyboard for iOS By Becca Caddy on 07 Aug 2015 at 3:00PM Signily is a sign language keyboard app. 

So instead of switching to a keyboard to communicate with sassy ladies and dancing girls, you can use official sign language handshapes, whether you're fluent in sign language or just a beginner. There are some similar apps on the market, but Signily is the most diverse with a huge range of skin colours available for each and every handshape. 

According to Signily, the app has been built for three different kinds of people, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The beginner is for those who don't know much about signing already and they can use the keyboard in a QWERTY setting in order to learn more. The intermediate people will be turning to Signily for a way to chat with friends who use sign language and to learn quicker. 

And the advanced users may already be fluent in signing so would be using the app to put together handshapes, play on signs and use the keyboard in any way they like! All money made from the app goes towards ASLized's emoji project, which wants to integrate official sign language handshapes into Unicode and get them approved by the Unicode Consortium. 

Signily is only available for iOS devices at the moment, but according to the app's website, it'll be available on Android mobiles and tablets soon.

Hearing aids can slow dementia...

Hearing aids keep people more socially involved which keeps the brain active
Sorry, not much positive for those still relying on sign language except that it slows down arthritis in some people.

Wearing a hearing aid can slow the progress of dementia by up to 75 per cent, according to a new study. Scientists believe that keeping older people engaged and active by adopting the devices can significantly reduce age-related cognitive decline. They followed the progress of 2,040 individuals between 1996 and 2014, asking them to complete word memory tests at various stages and monitoring the rate of decline before and after getting a hearing aid. 

The research team found that while the aids did not halt or reverse cognitive decline, they slowed it down by three-quarters, meanwhile, in a separate group of 2,068 who underwent cataract surgery, decline slowed by around half.  The team at the University of Manchester said the strength of the association between hearing aids, cataract surgery and mental deterioration meant policymakers should consider hearing and sight loss screening for all older adults.

Dr Piers Dawes said: "These studies underline just how important it is to overcome the barriers which deny people from accessing hearing and visual aids. "It's not really certain why hearing and visual problems have an impact on cognitive decline, but I'd guess that isolation, stigma and the resultant lack of physical activity that is linked to hearing and vision problems might have something to do with it. "And there are barriers to overcome - people might not want to wear hearing aids because of the stigma attached to wearing them, or they feel the amplification is not good enough or they're not comfortable.” 

The number of people in Britain suffering hearing problems will rise by 40 per cent by 2035 amid a rapidly ageing population, a charity has forecast. The charity Action on Hearing Loss believes the number of people suffering such difficulties will rise from one in six to one in five, as it called for more investment in treatment and research into hearing loss. 

Despite this, only £1.11 per person with hearing loss is spent researching potential cures, compared with £11.35 for every person with sight loss. 

Is your assistance dog really necessary?

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Is there a need to redefine what 'assistance' is in terms of dogs for the deaf?  The USA can define such animals as 'emotional support', but the UK defines then as living alert systems, but near all alert systems deaf need can be provided without the need for an animal, so should hearing dogs for the deaf be defined as 'emotional support' too?  [We rather fear readers won't look any further than the picture...] And that's 80% of the issue.

The USA Definition reads as:-

"Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person's disability. 

Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA."

Whilst the UK definition is far looser with its description and doesn't mention emotional support:-

Hearing Dogs assist deaf and hard of hearing individuals by alerting them to a variety of household sounds such as a door knock or doorbell, alarm clock, oven buzzer, telephone, baby cry, name call or smoke alarm. Dogs are trained to make physical contact and lead their deaf partners to the source of the sound.

ATR Comment:

These animals may well be trained to do such things, but there are much cheaper technological assists and more effective alternatives the deaf can use that cost less than a tin of dog food. Pets are pets, and ignoring animal-loving Brits arguments as not relevant, we feel justifying a trained animal for the deaf as an alert, hasn't been proven valid. They aren't necessary to support the physical aspect of deafness. since nothing a dog does via alerting cannot be matched by technology.  There is an obvious pro-argument for support via deaf isolation or simply a love of animals and no one is debating differently..

It's misleading to suggest we deaf would not hear a doorbell without a dog, or a microwave ping, a letterbox, phone, etc. 990 dogs are out there in the UK over the last few years, approx 1 for every 10,000 deaf/HoH  the latter who appear to be the major area asking for such dogs.  This suggests  deaf just do not need dogs except as pets.  The old chestnut abpounds what use is a hearing dog alerting you to the front door when you still cannot converse with the people knocking on it?  Dogs are clever and very adept but their deaf skills are lacking somewhet as is their speech!  Again numerous iPhone and other visual systems can do that enabling, and do deaf really need an assistance dog to go out for a meal?

As we read, many restaurants and Taxi firms disagree and have objected to deaf bringing them, even accusing them of pretending to be blind, here, we suggest the law is not using the discrimination law for its intended purpose, primarily because no training is given for such animals in these respects.  There is a growing demand for proof the person with a dog is deaf and the dog is a legal trained one and not just your usual pet, so public and other service provision does not fall foul of health and safety laws.

The law is then failing to protect service providers  unsure on guidance rules. Many if not all UK restaurants ban dogs after 6-7pm for valid safety reasons. Is your dog really necessary as an alert?  It may be wanted, that isn't the same thing.

Signing can curb athritis?

KFC and the Deaf.

Deaf-blind PSA

Transcript: Jimmie: 

Hey there, my name is Jimmie, this is a Cal Poly Pomona news and here with me, I have Matthew on-site interviewing a student about the deaf-blind disability stay tuned and watch Matthew Casey: 

Hello everyone, my name is Matthew Casey and I am here with Ashley Woods a student at Cal Poly were trying to see what she knows about the deafblind community and the disability itself. I have with me Crystal Malveaux to provide some facts about this disability as well. So, Ashley tell me what you know about the deaf-blind disability? 

Ashley Wood: Some of the things that I heard about people who are deafblind is that they are either totally deaf or totally blind and they all have the same hearing capabilities. 

Crystal Malveaux: Well actually Ashley this is actually a common misconception about deafblind people there is a wide range of hearing losses and vision capabilities that have different effects on a persons with this disability this basically can range from a person that is blind can be classified under B1-B3, B3 being the worst and someone who is deaf can be classified under mild, severe, moderate, or even profound… profound being the worst meaning that basically they can have hearing in the left ear can be at 70% hearing and hearing in the right ear can be at 90%. 

Matthew Casey: Is there anything else you know about the deaf-blind disability? 

Ashely Wood: Another thing that I heard was that deafblind people are totally mute. 

Crystal Malveaux: Actually, Ashley this is wrong there are actually deaf and blind people that can speak very well and clearly. Yes, there are some that can be mute at times but that is because they are sensitive to different noises and things like that so, they are not able to hear the types of language coming from their mouth. 

Matthew Casey: So, Ashley, how do you think people become deaf-blind? Ashley Wood: I’m pretty sure it’s caused by genetics 

Crystal Malveaux Actually, Ashley there are a variety of things that can cause deaf-blindness. For example, it could be developed throughout age or it can be caused by genetics that can play a huge role in this condition like down syndrome or trisomia 13 and also can be caused by trauma like a blow to the head. 

Matthew Casey: So, as you can see there are various of stereotypes for those with deafblind disability and we are here just to provide some clarity. I would first like to thank Ashley Wood for taking the time to come to talk about the disability. And also, Crystal Malveaux to thank for coming to provide some facts about the disability

The Gift of Hearing...

A LEEDS girl who was profoundly deaf before cochlear implants transformed her life has travelled to Africa to help as her surgeons give more deaf children the gift of hearing. Georgia Green, 15, of Rawdon, was born completely deaf and could not hear or speak a word until after her first cochlear implant in her right ear when she was two-years-old. The operation was carried out at Bradford Royal Infirmary by surgeon Christopher Raine. 

At five-years-old, Georgia had a second cochlear implant in her left ear in an operation performed by surgeon David Strachan. ADVERTISING Georgia and her mother Sam travelled to Malawi at the weekend with Mr Strachan and Mr Raine, who will carry out cochlear implants during the 12-day trip on children who have lost their hearing due to illness or disease.