Deaf Community vs. ASL Students

14 11 2007

ASL Video – Approx 5:00 Minutes Long

Several bloggers and vloggers discussed regarding ASL students whether they should attend different places such as Deaf Chat Coffee, DPHH, or Deaf Club. Grant acknowledged that its difficult to provide good places for students to learn ASL better in real environment. Same times, deaf and hard of hearing folks are trying to relax and have good times. (Seriously)

He feels that ASL students should take advantage of some places like Deaf Chat Coffee because it’s family-oriented & relax environment, free admission, no smoking, and closer to home. (in most cases) has its own directory where they can contact them directly. Based on his experience, there’s always someone who’s always happy to talk to them directly.

Hopefully, ASL students will understand and respect their times. Same time, ASL teacher or instructor should look hard at it again and reconsider how students get their training properly outside their classroom. (Just friendly suggestion)

What do you think?

Grant Laird Jr

Cable and FIOS

31 10 2007

ASL Video – Approx 2:54 Minutes Long

Grant discussed about his experience with cable-based ISP (Internet Service Provider) for past 12 years. He remembers clearly when local cable company name Telecommunication Inc. launched high speed internet access. Everyone was so exciting at this time.

He had cable service for years – he frustrated with their poor service from time to time and as well as cable downtime periodically. Their price structure is too high just for Internet and TV – usually over $100 a month. (Regular Internet package plan and extended TV package including DVR/HD cable box) He tried to sign up DSL service but it was not available in his area due to telephone center too far away from his house. Also, the management kept change or buyout by another companies. We had five different vendors but same service – Telecommunication Inc., @HOME, ATTBI, Comcast, and now Time Warner Cable.

Again, it was fine most of the time but time for him to move on. He signed up Verizon FIOS service for both TV and Internet. They will install sometime this week. (First week of November 2007) The Internet package is much better and faster and TV package is very attractive – they already have about 12 HD Channels plus local HD channels. (TWC has four HD channels plus local HD channels)

No hard feeling; thank you for amazing technology during that time. Time for change.

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Grant W Laird Jr.