P685 Teletext 685 Jan 0 00:00:51       ————————————————————————————   NEW YEAR SPECIAL    Putting Christmas andP0898 behind us we are now all looking forward to really getting in the groove for 0899. This week's Deafview special edition takes a look into the future. 'j have asked a number of leading experts, Deafview readers and spokespeople of deaf organisations about their personal hopes for 1999. Here's what they said. ——————————————————————————————————1 7—— Dis-ability 686 Godlines 687 Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlin—s TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 2 00:11:51      —————————————————————————————  TECHNICAL ADVANCES   What kind of technical advances might benefit our lives in 1999? RNID projects manager Brian Grover said: "There are likjly to be some interesting advances or nothing totally unexpected and revolutionary. "Digital TV was launched recently so 1999 will be the first opportunity for most deaf people to get digital broadcasts. One of the good things about digital TV is that it provides more support for sign language users." ——————————————————————————————————2/7— Telextext - Minicom 0171 386 3209 Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlines TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 0 00:10:00       ————————————————————————————   SEEING IS BELIEVING    Videophones are set to become cheaper in 1999 and it will become feasible to run one on an ordinary PC, 1ccording to RNID projects manager Brian Grover. "Unfortunately, the quality of the pictures will still not be good enough for signing or lipreading until wider bandwidth connections to people's homes become possible in the year 2000. "Also, speech recognition by computers will become faster and cheaper." ——————————————————————————————————3 7—— Deafview - Minicom 0171 296 8029 Deafview qs brought to }ou by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlines TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 2 00:10:10       ————————————————————————————   A YEAR IN POLITICS    1999 looks set to be an eventful ybar in politics. "Top of the parliamentary agenda will be Government proposals to create a Disability Rights Commission," said RNID campaigns officer Mark Morris. "At last, the Disability Discrimination Act will have real teeth but there's a long way to go before deaf people havb comprehensive civil rights. RNID will be working hard to ensure —pdiology services and subtitling are improved." ——————————————————————————————————4 7—— Deafview on the 'jb - www.rnid.co.uk Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlines TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 2 00:11:40       ———————————————————————————   EXCITING CHALLENGES    National deaf organisations expect an exciting year inP0:99. The National Deaf Children's Society said: "'f will launch an award scheme that empowers young deaf people to tasr personal challenges and will start new services for pre-school deaf children." The British Deaf Association told us: "Sign language will remain our campapgn priority and we will meet the Home Office to discuss research into alcohol and drugs use in the deaf community." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— Deafview - Minicom 0171 296 8029 Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlines TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 0 00:11:00       ————————————————————————————   I WANT TO GET FIT!    Viewers letters have shown that deaf and hard-of-hearing people share the same hopes and fears as nyone else when they look ahead to the New Year. "I want to buy a new car and learn the piano in 0899," writes John Edwards from Manchester. "But my number one priority is to lose weight and get a lot fitter over the next 12 months. "I'm going to start swimming but it won't be easy to get in trim after all the food I'll be eating at Christmas." ——————————————————————————————————6'7—— Deafview on the 'jb - www.rnid.org.uk Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlin—s TV+ Subtitles
P685 Teletext 685 Jan 2 00:10:00       ————————————————————————————   HAPPY NEW YEAR!    Deafview wishes all of our viewers a very happy and prosperous New Year. Our next edition will be on Tudsj—x, January 5. And don't forget, keep your news, v—ews and letters rolling in. After all, if we don't hear from you we can't consider including your news in our coverage. ——————————————————————————————————————— Editor: Tim Russell, Deafview,  Featherstone St, London EC1Y 8SL. Tel:0171 296 8145. Fax: 0171 296 8021. ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Deafview - Minicom 0171 296 8029 Deafview is brought to you by Teletext Ltd and the RNID Dis-ability Godlines TV+ Subtitles