Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Mock News Conference

Americans do seem to place their interpreters don't they? An immense distraction to anyone not deaf, the terps should not be obstructing others on the dais or challenging the speaker image.  It's not all about the signer.

Designing for Deaf people....

Video HERE:   Websites are a very visual medium. You, therefore, might think that they will work for people who are Deaf. But is that true? Marie tells a personal and entertaining story about things you’ve never realised. About four-dimensional language, the pros and cons of video captions, the recognition of exclusion and, of course, the importance of inclusivity. 

If you think about improving the usability and accessibility of your website, there are some points of interests that are already well known. For example, use enough contrast to make text readable. When using colours in your designs, consider people who are colour blind. Do not write complicated text, and so on. But there are so many more things you can do. In order to find out what these things are, you really need to listen to people who are dealing with a particular ‘disability’ or situation. 

People will tell or show you things that you never considered before. If you want to reach a large or a specific group, you have to involve people from that group in the design process. Listen to the people who are the real experts, to those who are in a particular situation and run into their particular problems daily. They are the real experts. In my presentation, I will sign about how sign language is an intrinsically different language and how to make your website accessible for Deaf people, but actually for everyone.

Women who make music accessible

Raising awareness of the deaf condition.

CHALLENGE: Friends Mark Hodgson, centre and Danny Dorney, right, with team driver Chris Potts are walking from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise awareness of the issues surrounding deafness
TWO deaf pals are walking the length of Britain to raise awareness of their condition and other issues deaf people can face. Danny Dorney, 50, of Huntington, and Mark Hodgson, 43, from Nottingham, along with team driver, Christopher Potts, 41, from Pocklington, have embarked on the almost 900-mile route from John O'Groats to Land's End. Both have faced mental health battles due to the difficulties of coping with their condition. 

According to statistics, the deaf are twice as likely to experience mental health issues compared with those who can hear. The duo set out mid-June and their epic journey is expected to take eight weeks to complete. They have battled injuries and stayed in tents and hostels, but the deaf community has helped them on the way, providing food and moral support. They are aiming to raise £10,000 for sign language counselling services.