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06 March 2013 - 10:48 PMI have just heard that my son, his girlfriend and daughter have been taken to hospital to be checked over for CO poisoning after their CO alarm went off tonight. Granddaughter, age 3, was being sick. Still waiting to hear they're OK.
This got me thinking. I already have a Bellman & Symfon alert system with a Smoke Alarm that activates my pillow vibrator and pager but sadly, they don't appear to do a CO alarm to go with the system. I have seen FireAngel do a CO alarm system but I don't really want a separate system with yet another pillow vibrator if I can help it. We do have CO alarms and I'd have to rely on my wife waking me if one goes off but if ever my wife has to go into hospital, I'll be home alone and potentially poisoned in my sleep!
So this is something I seriously want to look into. Does anyone else here have a CO alarm for the deaf and if so, what sort?
14 February 2013 - 08:36 PMFurther to this Topic HERE in which questions were asked about YouView, I can now reveal the REAL facts. Yes, facts!
With no one knowing for sure whether or not YouView was deaf-friendly and allowed subtitled content, I decided to take the plunge and get a TalkTalk YouView box on the understanding that I could return it if not suitable. (Which I now have!) I was hoping that if all turns out well, I would cancel Sky once and for all.
Setting up the box was a doddle and for hearing people, the box is great. Brilliant in fact.
Alas, it's not so great for deaf and HoH people who rely on subtitles for their TV viewing.
The Freeview channels, both live and recorded have subtitles. No problem there. But then, you can get subtitles on Freeview channels on almost every Freeview enabled TV and Freeview boxes costing around 20 quid or less anyway. It's the On Demand content that is the problem.
I was surprised to find that the BBC iPlayer DID allow subtitles, that was great, but sadly, the ITV Player, 4OD and Demand5 players did NOT have the facility to display subtitles.
This means that you cannot use the catchup last 7 days feature that YouView is popular for except on BBC One or BBC Two since only BBC iPlayer allow subtitles. Also, the other On Demand stuff offered as part of the TalkTalk package (similar to BT Vision with BT's offering of YouView) do NOT have ANYTHING subtitled whatsoever!
With TalkTalk, you can also add Sky channels such as Sky 1, Sky 2, Gold, Universal, FOX, Sky Arts etc. for just £10 extra per month as part of their Entertainments Boost. But of the 31 Sky channels offered in the Entertainment Boost, I could only find three channels offering subtitles, Sky 1, Sky 2 and Atlantic. Nothing else had subtitles, not even Gold, Universal or FOX.
I also discovered that you could NOT currently record any of the Sky channels nor pause or rewind Sky channels. Another fail. (However, YouView/TalkTalk say this is planned as a possible future upgrade.)
I also found several times when trying to watch some live Freeview channels or recordings, especially on Channel 5, that the subtitled were delayed, out of sync with the speech, making it harder for me to follow the action. I had recorded the same programs on Sky just to check it wasn't the transmission, and the subtitles were always perfectly in sync on Sky.
So - in short, to a deaf person relying on subtitles, YouView is nothing more than a glorified set-top box which you pay for stuff you cannot use since it's of little or no use to us whatsoever.
At least - not yet. YouView say they will improve in the future. Until then, it's not for me, not for you, not for deafies who rely on subtitles.
There were a few other great features with the way YouView worked compared to Sky that I really liked, nothing to do with subtitles though. Likewise, there were a few features I like with Sky that the YouView box didn't do. Overall, Sky still gets my vote and so I'm sticking with Sky.
26 January 2013 - 12:06 AMFor hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people, being called in by ATOS to be assessed for whether they are fit to work is a terrifying experience. What makes it even more terrifying is the fact that ATOS keeps getting it wrong.  ATOS' deeply flawed system has led to thousands of people being forced to try to work when they physically can't.
So far the government has failed to deal with the big mistakes ATOS repeatedly makes. It has done little to sort out the disability benefit tests which medical experts have described as 'not fit for purpose'. 
Personal stories can often be the most powerful tool in persuading politicians to do the right thing. Michael Meacher, MP, is arranging a meeting with Iain Duncan Smith, Minister for Work and Pensions who has the power to sort out these problems. So he needs stories of ATOS getting it wrong to help convince him to act.
Can you help? Have you or someone you know been tested by ATOS? Would you be happy to share your experience? The more people who share their stories, the more powerful the message to the minister.
Help Michael Meacher convince Iain Duncan Smith to stand up to ATOS. Send in your story:
Michael Meacher recently held a debate in parliament about ATOS' work capability assessments. He talked about one of his voters who had been told he could work by ATOS and had his benefits cut. The 24 year old, who suffered from severe epilepsy, appealed, but was worried and depressed about how to pay his rent or buy food. 
Three months after seeing ATOS he died from a major seizure. The month after his death, his parents were informed that a mistake had been made and his benefits were being restored.
Iain Duncan Smith has the power to stand up to ATOS and demand these tests are changed. But so far he hasn't been convinced. Michael Meacher is trying to set up a meeting with him to change this. He is going to present a dossier of stories from sick and disabled people who have been told they are fit to work.
Many sick and disabled people would love to work, but due to their illness they simply can't. ATOS needs to change the way it assesses people, but they will only do this if forced to by the government.
Share your story:
Thanks for being involved
Belinda, Hannah, James and the 38 Degrees team
 A Guardian article, "NAO criticise Atos benefits contract": http://www.guardian....t?newsfeed=true
 The British Medical Association, Work Capability Assessments harm patients and should be scrapped, say GPs: http://bma.org.uk/ne...ity-assessments
 Michael Meacher MP, My speech on ATOS work capability assessments: http://www.michaelme...ty-assessments/
30 December 2012 - 10:36 PMSaw (yet again) the adverts on TV for the new Now TV service, claiming to be bigger and better than both LoveFilm and Netflix and showing films at least 12 months before LoveFilm or Netflix get hold of them.
So I decided to look it up online to find out more about it.
Not only is it free for the first 30 days but then £8.99 per month, for the first three months ONLY, it's then £15 per month thereafter!! (What?!?!)
And NOTHING is subtitled! (Yet!) Surprise(!)
24 December 2012 - 12:10 AMMerry Christmas, Everyone!
It's so sad that this forum has quietened down since I joined. Almost died in fact.
And Tony, the forum owner, he's hardly ever here these days. Gone are the Xmas Competitions. And the Chat Room....? Well........
However, it's the season of goodwill so to anyone left still reading this forum -
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!