Why Deaf Awareness Matters
International (MNN) — The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) may seem like another irrelevant holiday that some government body established.
But, for 70 million Deaf people, it’s so much more than that.
IWD is a symbol of hope for the global Deaf community. It’s the hope of increased Deaf awareness among their hearing counterparts. It’s the hope of finally being acknowledged as something more than “Other” or “Disabled.”
And, as DOOR International’s Rob Myers shares, it’s a step toward restoring dignity for people like Amit.
When he was young, Amit was influenced by the faith of his parents and decided to attend church with them. It was a “hearing” church, and Amit’s parents interpreted the service for him so he could understand what was going on.
“As he was signing with his family, the pastor took note of that signing and ended up coming over after the service and talking to the family,” shares Myers.
“The pastor’s question to the parents, which the parents passed on to Amit, was, ‘Why are you using monkey language with your son?’”
It may seem like an odd question, but as Myers explains, “Many people may label sign language as ‘monkey language’ simply because they associate [it] with some of the communication aspects that are being taught to gorillas and chimpanzees.” Read on…..
Deaf Restaurant Owners – 10 Reasons Why Restaurants Should Have An App!
- Location-Based Deals
I think by now we’re all familiar with Apple’s iBeacon. For those who aren’t, it’s basically a small device you can set up in and around your location to send push notifications and deals to people in your location’s physical proximity to lure them into your restaurant during meal time.
- Loyalty & Referral Programs
On Black Friday 2015, a pizza joint called Pizza Ranch ran a promotion that gave their customers double points for coming in and buying from them that day, which generated 67.6% more business for that day than they normally do.
- Easier Internal Order Fulfillment
Instead of having someone constantly man the phones and try to understand what the person on the other end is saying and relying on their handwriting to accurately convey what needs to be done to the cooks, the people responsible for filling orders can see plain and clear exactly what needs to be done, along with any special requirements given by the customer.
- Increased Sales Amongst Millennials
According to Food Tech Connect, 98% of 18 to 34 year-olds who’ve paid a bill via mobile would like to do so again. But beyond simply paying, 35% like to place their orders on smartphone or tablet, and 40% actually prefer a mobile payment over other options, especially for restaurants offering quicker service.
- Social Sharing
If you run either reservations, ordering, or payments through your mobile app (or all three), you can set a timer for after one of those transactions is completed to ask your patrons to review your app on one of your online profiles or share their experience on social media. (Possibly for more loyalty reward points… are you seeing how all this works together now?)
- More & Better Reviews on Ranking Sites that Matter
And beyond asking people for social shares when they leave and are satisfied with your restaurant experience, you can also send push notifications asking them to leave a review… directing them to the ranking and review site that matters most to you at the moment.
- Better ROI on Specials You Offer
Push notifications can easily solve eating out decisions.
If it’s Friday or Saturday, you can plant the idea of eating in your restaurant that night as early as lunch time. For example, if you’re running a special on some popular dinner plates, you can send a push notification to your app users to let them know. When the time for choosing a restaurant comes, they’ll already be thinking about eating your food and validating it with the fact that they can save money on it.
- Easy Menu Access
According to research conducted by the firm Chadwick Martin Bailey, 62% percent of customers are less likely to step into your restaurant if they can’t easily see your menu on their mobile device.
And instead of relying on funny renderings of mobile-responsive web pages, you can make sure your menu is easy to access, front and center, in your app.
- Higher Coupon Redemption
Coupons have historically been one of the most popular ways of boosting business, and today is no different. The first coupon went out in 1887, 129 years ago, when a Coca-Cola executive created hand-written notes for a free bottle of Coca-Cola, which then cost five cents.
The idea took hold, and Coca-Cola served 8.5 million free drinks this way between 1894 and 1913, and by 1895, it was sold in every US state.
- Photo Display to Entice
Much in the same way you’d use images of your food on your website and in your menu to prompt desire for the plates you’re trying to sell more of, you can insert enticing photos of your food on your app.
Seeing an image of food that’s “ready” to eat taps into a core, animal desire to keep ourselves nourished and fed… and the better it looks (and the hungrier we are), the more likely we are to act on it.
Deaf Want Sign Language To Be Heard
Deaf people living in Western Cape marched into parliament yesterday in a bid to get South African Sign Language recognised as the 12th official language. The march organised by Deaf South African, was part of a national protest. Read the newspaper clipping upload here for the full details.
How are you implementing the recent Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decision on the right to be forgotten?
Have you ever had someone posting malicious information about you that you want removed, something that is destroying your career or your status in a community?
The Court of Justice of the European Union heard YOU and they have set out this ruling where you are able to contact Google to have the information about you removed from their search engine! That is what I called justice as I have seen damaging information about people in the Deaf community published online!
There is a web form where you can fill in the details and sent it off, check it out here
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Justice at last for that poor little boy, who thought what they were doing was the norm! It breaks my heart to find they have destroyed his innocence and childhood by replacing it with unspeakable filth!
Julie was found guilty following a trial of indecently assaulting a boy aged six to nine between October 2000 and April 2004 in Leominster, and sexual activity with a boy aged 14 to 16 between October 2008 and October 2010 in Hereford.
Jennifer admitted indecently assaulting a boy aged six to nine between October 2000 and April 2004 in Leominster, and inciting sexual activity with a boy aged 14-16 between October 2008 and October 2010 in Kington.
Judge Robert Juckes bailed the pair and adjourned sentencing until August 19, adding: ‘This is not a straightforward case.
‘You should expect very significant prison sentences.’ You can read the full story here
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