The Deaf Have Challenges But Investing Shouldn’t Be One Of Them

Being deaf is something that you have to live with and adjust to every day. There is no immediate outward tell that someone is deaf like if you are blind (white cane) and so wherever you go, it may be necessary to interact with people that have no idea you can’t hear them. Of course, learning how to lip read will make things a bit easier but still, every day life will offer challenges. 

Someone who is deaf though, should face no discrimination and/or difficulty when it comes to investing their money, Television shows have the spoken words printed below and then much knowledge can be gained through reading as well. Someone who is deaf really has no excuse and would be advised to work hard to learn all the in and outs of growing their money so that a comfortable retirement can be obtained. 

The stock market is the proven best way for long term investing. A hundred years of history has shown that after a plunge, the market always eventually bounces back. The word “eventually” is an important one because you need to have money you don’t immediately need invested in stocks so that you can wait out the down times. Not panicing and keeping fully invested even when the market goes down is something that a young investor can do because they have time on their side. It also prevents them from pulling their moeny out in a panic and then not getting it back in in time to reap the rewards when it goes back up. 

You can find out more by going to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/startbuyingstocks) and following my progress with the new real money portfolio I have just created. It doesn’t matter whether you are deaf or can hear, I will show you what I am investing in and that will hopefully motivate you to get started yourself. 

Netflix and Subtitle Agreement

IT shouldn’t be necessary but thank heavens we have organisations like the National Association for the Deaf.  When launched the media streaming service – Netflix had pretty much disregarded the needs of the deaf.  However some legal battles later, the company has agreed to add captions to it’s shows when streamed across the internet.

The agreement means that by next year, all of Netflix’s content will have the ability to dispplay captions.  It’s set to be a model for this growing industry and it’s an important precedent for an industry that initially seemed to want to sidestep it’s responsibilities in this area.

The legalities behind the class action that were brought against Netflix were quite complicated but centred around compliance with the Disabilities Act.  Whilst now all parties have an agreement and a way forward, let’s not pretend all was sweet from the beginning.  The fact is that Netflix spent quite a bit of time and money trying to get the action kicked out.

Left to it’s own devices the needs of the deaf community would have been completely bypassed by Netflix and presumably any other media streaming company would have followed suit.  Petitioning and legal actions brought by NAD are essential to prevent discrimination in an increasingly digitally focussed world.

There are few technical reasons why captions can’t be added to most content online.  Of course it takes time and efforts and no small level of commitment.  Judgements like this make the playing field fairer and companies less likely to try and dodge their responsibilities with disbaility legislation.

Many deaf people use these services just as much as the hearing community and being isolated them is clearly discrimination.  These are big global companies – you can even watch the US version of Netflix abroad now – http://www.theninjaproxy.org/ninja/american-netflix/.  Despite this rather negative attitude, slowly there is some progress being made, it’s worth having a look at many of the Youtube videos now which have captions and automatic transcripts on audio – look here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4KNKrYgK2k.  They’re not perfect unless the creator has modified them but they’re certainly a start for supporting deaf people.

Hopefully the company will progress this agreement in all it’s other countries who  have similar disabililty protection and perhaps those that don’t too!

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