Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Deaf Brits/Italians and coronavirus.



[This video was actually banned on a UK BSL site because it contained International sign, a version of sign language not allowed, which was curious given the presentation was all in English captioning and 50% of the signing was in BSL?]  I blame Brexit personally lol.....

It's pretty obvious some deaf never actually checked BSL access was there, apart from one area it wasn't BSL in a 'box' in the corner of the TV, indeed interpreters stood with ministers and still do at daily briefings, there seems to be confudion about this access that still is extant on social media sites despite HUGE amounts of information around in BSL there are people claiming there isn't or haven't seen any.  We gather the lack of BSL terp at just ONE briefing in England was promoted as a total lack of any access.  

The people who missed BSL access are those who aren't online, are unable to read, or have no TV set.  (Which means the Brit on screen is a mystery as she is none of those?).

Hospice Staff and the BSL gig.

CLIPS App



Easily add subtitling to your vids. 


How do you add Live Titles to your Clips?

You can use Live Titles on any Clip you add, video or photo, new or from your library.

Note: Like in the early days of Siri Dictation, Apple is using online transcription for Clips, so you'll need to be connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular data network to use Live Titles. Also, like Siri Dictation, Live Titles will dynamically update as the audio engine gets a better sense of your context — so don't be surprised if you see words changing, just keep speaking. 

Tap the Live Titles button, top left. Tap on the Style of Live Titles you want to use in the live preview tiles. Tap the Record Audio button to turn off sound and just use the Live Titles. Touch and hold Hold to Record/Add This Clip/Add This Photo (if you're taking a new photo, you'll need to tap the shutter button first, then hold to add.) Speak clearly, with crisp enunciation, while holding down the button. Let go when you're done. 

Turning off the mic only turns off the audio. Live Titles are still captured. If you change your mind about the style, or want to edit the text, you can do both once you're done recording. Note: Live Titles can't caption an existing video (unless you recorded it in Clips) but you can record new audio to caption over library video or photos as you insert them. 

Can Deafblind access TV?


The deaf-blind can now 'watch' television without intermediaries
Yes they can.  For those with zero vision it would appear the lack of equipment is at fault, not the access.  

Today Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Telefónica and the Federation of Deaf-Blind Persons Associations has developed PervasiveSUB, groundbreaking software that allows deaf-blind persons to receive and enjoy television content without intermediaries in real-time. 

PervasiveSUB compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server, which forwards them to smartphones or tablets. From there, they are transmitted to the Braille line used by deaf-blind people through the GoAll app, which integrates the software.

It is compatible with different Braille lines and controls the speed of the subtitles that are captured directly from the TV broadcast in perfect synchronization. García Crespo, who headed the group, said, "One of the big problems deaf-blind people face is the scant public attention they receive, which is demonstrated by the fact that they weren't recognized by the European Parliament until 2004." 


Díaz-Lladó said, "At Telefónica, we endeavor to become a more accessible company and contribute to equal opportunities for all. And although we still have a long way to go, these new inclusive technologies and the digital revolution are the best means to help us get there." A group of deaf-blind users from FASOCIDE tested the software in Spain and the United States with very satisfactory results. 

The subjects highlighted the advantage of being able to access previously unobtainable information in real-time and without intermediaries, and also praised its ability to transmit to Braille lines and the ability to adjust the reading and viewing speed. Given the success of these tests, the technology has already been implemented on all the national DTT channels and regional DTT channels in Madrid, and it will soon be available in the other autonomous regions of Spain. 

The research team is now providing this service free of charge to anyone who needs it. Interested parties need only to download the GoAll app, available on iOS and Android. Deaf-blind persons suffer a combined deterioration of sight and hearing, which impedes their access to information, communication and mobility in a way that seriously affects everyday abilities necessary for a minimally independent life. This is why they require specialized services, personnel trained specifically to care for them, and special methods of communication. 

The rise of Pinoccio



Disproportionate and misleading information. Subtitling and captions were deliberately omitted on the video where they were provided with every daily briefing and only ONE area in the UK did not provide in-vision BSL access. The BSL user has NEVER had so much televised access as they have now.

E.G. the BBC's channel 601 provides complete BSL coverage every day, the Welsh, Scottish and NI assemblies daily provide live updates too.  Read ATR's listing of dozens of BSL daily update areas. 

Channel 4 has been criticised for failing to do proper research into the accuracy of this video or its claims, and also contributing to airing scare stories aimed at vulnerable deaf people. 

As always when BSL activism areas want to make a point they are suddenly all lip-readers or all deaf-blind as well, deplorable reporting, poor journalism, and dubious opportunism from the deaf activists, worse non-awareness.  Instead of highlighting where access is, they chose to target one area where it wasn't and made that a blanket statement.

Barriers to home-working for the deaf.


City Lit tutor Mark Hopkinson (left) with deaf refugee ex-student Ilyaas Cader
Working from home is a challenge for many of us, from learning how to communicate with colleagues via Zoom, to acquainting ourselves with the nuances of telephone conference calls. But imagine what it must be like if you are deaf or have difficulty hearing. 

Research published on Wednesday by a UK hearing loss charity, found that three-quarters of people who live with deafness fear they will be less productive working from home. As a deaf nurse, I know what it's like to face discrimination in the NHS As told to Sarah Johnson.

“Homeworking is a huge challenge for people living with deafness or hearing loss. They are at greater risk of further isolation due to social-distancing measures. While many people will use the phone and video calls to stay in contact with friends and families and work colleagues, people with hearing loss, especially those who lip-read or use British Sign Language, will be excluded from these interactions.” 

Lip-reading requires an individual to concentrate intently on both the movement of the lips and the sound they can hear to piece together what is being said, Geaney explains. This is tiring and many people only get most of what is being said – with contextual clues being used to fill the gaps. “It is therefore helpful to consider using text boxes or visual presentations alongside video conferences, particularly if communicating numbers or complex jargon,” he says. 

In the UK, 12 million people have hearing loss and 65% of working-age deaf people are employed, compared with 79% of the general population. An estimated 24,000 people use BSL as their main language. The Equality Act 2010 obliges employers to make adjustments (like a BSL interpreter or a speech to text reporter) and the government’s Access to Work scheme provides grants for specialist equipment.