Archive for the ‘Technologies’ Category
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After five years of having P100M in the Philippine budget authorized by law to be used for “Instructional Materials and Textbooks for the Handicapped“, the DepEd is FINALLY going to start to act and use this fund to develop materials together with civil society organizations!
This is based on two laws which require the use of Filipino Sign Language in the public school system:
Republic Act No. 10410 known as the “Early Years Act”: in Day Care Centers in all barangays
Republic Act No. 10533 known as the “K-12” law.
I, along with the Philippine Federation of the Deaf (PFD), the DLS- CSB School of Deaf Education and Deaf Studies, (CSB-SDEAS) the Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf (MCCID) and the CAP College – School for the Deaf (CAP-SFD), the major institutions who have advocated for the use of Filipino Sign Language, have come together to start this challenging task: to bring FSL to the public schools of the Philippines, and FSL materials to the eyes and minds of deaf children all over the country.
In order to be able to use FSL as the “Mother Tongue” (or first language) for deaf children, there need to be Learner Materials (in video):
– in FSL as a subject (from K-3, or Kinder to Gr. 3; plus in the Day Care Centers)
– of all other subjects (Math, Araling Panlipunan, etc.) in FSL.
Some aspects of FSL may be taught in the classroom using print. But as a visual / spatial language, video will be the best medium. Video Learner Materials may be disseminated using TV.
Because of this, we will need volunteers, supporters, technical experts, education graduates, teachers, etc. who can assist the 4 institutions above.
Whether you sign or not, if you are willing and able to contribute to this historical undertaking, we would be happy to have you!
For any questions, pls email this address.
Thank you and we hope to hear from you!
In service of the Filipino Deaf community ~
Liza B. Martinez, PhD
PDRC (2001-2013) / Deaf Resources Philippines
We all experienced that the Internet empowers people. And using the web to champion a good cause gives it a better chance to succeed. Since I am always in support of improving the lives of the Filipino Deaf through technology, I value people and groups who use IT and social media to promote their advocacy. Presenting….
According to their site,
We are an online local community advocation. goal Our goal to teach “Filipino Sign Language Online”, and we’re on our way. We promote “Deaf Community Empowerment” that value people with hearing disability, and committed to building an all-star, DEAF.PH TEAM.
Their first activity will be a Meet Up at the “Enchanted Kingdom” Theme Park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Dubbed, DEAFinitely Fabulous, the event will be on October 27, Saturday. Meeting place will be at Macdonalds Gateway, Cubao starting at 7am. For more information, you may contact:
Mark Joseph Quijano – DeafPH President at these numbers:09216635519 [SMART] and 09358981963 [GLOBE]
Let us support this website. Their community is still very new. But their future is very promising. Aside from offering Filipino Sign Language Online Courses, they will soon provide links and billboard postings about about job opportunities for the deaf, meetings, special announcements, laws, deaf success stories and many more exciting things. True to their cause, the group aims for awareness, appreciation and action.
We are just getting started. COME, LEARN, EXPERIENCE & HAVE FUN!
Come and join this wonderful community and make yourselves DEAFinitely Fabulous! 🙂
Good news! Rotary Club of Pasig South President Gilbert Magbutay, one of my long time friend and colleague in our university publication “The Featinean” of Feati University informed me about their project of donating free hearing aids. Here are the details:
Rotary Club of Pasig South through their President Gilbert Magbutay will be giving away 80 pcs. of hearing aids for FREE! Here are the requirements:
1. Must be between 7 to 17 y/o.
2. Must be residing within Pasig, Marikina, Caloocan, Navotas, Mandaluyong, San Mateo and Rodriguez Rizal, San Juan, and Valenzuela.
3. Must be able to sustain the purchase of batteries after our initialset and spares.
1. Candidate must seek a clearance/certification from an EENT that they can be fitted with hearing aid.
2. Submit EENT Certification via FB/Email or fax at +6326828467.
3. Rotary Club of Pasig South will schedule the hearing test and ear mould fitting at the Manila Hearing Aid.
4. Awarding of hearing aids is the culmination.
Deadline for submission of EENT Certificate will be on October 20.
Please avail of this free hearing aids. You may email the requirements in our school at email@example.com or submit it in their official Facebook page at:
All I can say to this is, WOW!
PIONEERING technology which translates sign language into text is being developed by Scottish scientists in a major boost for people suffering from speech and hearing difficulties.
The new software – the first of its kind in the world – has been developed for use on portable devices, such as smartphones, and will allow users to turn sign language into words. Users will even be able to customise the sign language to their own specific needs.
The Aberdeen University scientists behind the breakthrough claim the technology has the potential to transform how sign language users – from the profoundly deaf to those who have lost hearing in later life – will be able to communicate.
The Portable Sign Language Translator (PSLT ) has been developed by computing scientists at Technabling, a spin-out from Aberdeen University. The PSLT recognises sign language using a small camera which can be integrated in most mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet Pcs and netbooks, and then renders it as text displayed on the device’s main screen.
Dr Ernesto Compatangelo, a lecturer in computing science who is director of Technabling, said: “The aim of the technology is to empower sign language users by enabling them to overcome the communication challenges they can experience, through portable technology.
“The user signs into a standard camera integrated into a laptop, netbook, Smartphone or other portable device such as a tablet. Their signs are immediately translated into text which can be read by the person they are conversing with.
“The intent is to develop an application – an “app” in Smartphone terms – that is easily accessible and could be used on different devices.”
He said the PSLT technology had the potential to be used with a range of sign languages including British Sign Language (BSL) and Makaton. More than 50,000 people with speech problems use BSL as their first or preferred language.
Dr Compatangelo said: “One of the most innovative and exciting aspects of the technology, is that it allows sign language users to actually develop their own signs for concepts and terms they need to have in their vocabulary, but they may not have been able to express easily when using BSL.”
The research is being funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to enhance the lives of deaf people with special emphasis in benefiting young people who are either in education or training.
A spokesman for Technabling said: “As a learning tool, the PSLT can be easily and effectively used by those who are learning to sign. So far, these learners needed a sign language expert in front of them to check that they were able to sign correctly. This is a problem, due to the scarce availability of sign language experts and to the consequent cost of such training.
“The PSLT can replace the human expert in many occasions, allowing learners to practice sign language whenever and wherever they like, driving costs substantially down.”
A university spokeswoman said: “Scientists on the project are now encouraging sign language users from Aberdeen city and shire to get in touch to become involved with its ongoing development. It is anticipated that the technology will be available as a product by next year.”
Repost from www.scotsman.com website.
Let’s put off my deaf advocacy hat here temporarily and put on my web designing hat in order to give you the technical details of what happened. After arriving from an appointment the whole day last Monday (November 21), I was very much surprised when our Deaf Trainor Sir Jerome approached me and gave me the shocking news that our school’s official website “www.mccid.edu.ph” was hacked!
As he was demo-teaching Internet subject that morning and used our school’s site as his example, he clicked on a page link. He got stunned when a porno site appeared! His students were also surprised and resorted to teasing him assuming that he is fond of opening these sites. When he clicked on the back button, the home page appears unchanged. Again, when he tried to visit another internal link, same thing happened! That disgusting porn site appeared again and again! He felt so humiliated about it. But when he gave me the bad news, I took it as an emergency case.
I have experienced before having websites I designed being hacked by malicious people who have nothing more to do than take glory in destroying other people’s reputation. The first one was with a website I designed being defaced. The other was the Official Government Website being turned into an Middle Eastern Propaganda site. This is the third one .
I took things calmly and tried to make some sense out of the flimsy belief that WordPress sites are difficult to hack. Well these bastards have done it again! Here are the things I did.
- First I tried looking at the codes to see if they actually changed the href tag. They didn’t! WordPress uses php functions to control the links.
- Then I tried checking the site’s files/folders using ftp to see if there are suspicious files added. There weren’t.
- Probably there is a vulnerability in having an outdated WordPress version (3.1.1) so I updated to 3.2.1. Again, the site still redirects to a porn site.
- I tried checking on the Permalinks. On the left menu, I clicked on Permalinks under Settings group. Then I selected the default setting format. It worked! The posts went back to their original content although the permalink was changed. Also, the changes only affected the posts, but not the pages.
- So I looked for plugins that changes the Permalink settings by adding .html or .php on URL and not just the common one. I did find two; the .html on Pages and the Improved Page Permalinks. It didn’t work. It didn’t even change the sites in-links.
- I also tried the Exploit Scanner plugin to view some weak links. But it also produced negative result. I simply cannot find the culprit.
So my last resort is to do what I similarly did with the government website, I need to re-install WordPress. But I gave myself another crack at it. I noticed that when I used Filezilla to view the file directory, all of the WordPress files dates were modified on November 21, the day I updated the version, except for .htaccess file. My doubts became more apparent when I saw the date created was 11/19/2011, which was just fairly recent. That’s most likely the date the malicious person penetrated my site.
To erase my suspicion, I opened the .htaccess file and bam! The file content was compromised! Instead of 401 code File not Found, the malicious hacker changed it to his own porno site. According to Wikipedia,
A .htaccess (hypertext access) file is a directory-level configuration file supported by several web servers, that allows for decentralized management of web server configuration.
The original purpose of .htaccess – reflected in its name – was to allow per-directory access control, by for example requiring a password to access the content. Nowadays however, the .htaccess files can override many other configuration settings including content type and character set, CGI handlers, etc.
So this is the one that overridden our school’s website. When I opened the file, the porno site URL appears!
Now, how do we solve these problems from cropping up again? The answer is, NONE. So long as there are mischievous, good-for-nothing guys out there whose main goal is to destroy others business, the hacking remains. But you can help minimize the intrusion by doing these simple suggestions:
- BACK UP, BACK UP, BACK UP OFTEN – WordPress developers have created plugins to automatically backup your database. My favorite is WordPress Database Backup by Austin Matzko. But nothing beats the old ftp back up style which you all web developers are used to. In this case, I simply deleted the .htaccess file and re-copied the back up one.
- Don’t use .htaccess on your main server folder. Hackers usually look for this file as one of the common way to enter your fortress.
- Since WordPress makes good use of .htaccess file, make sure that the file attribute is set to 444. This means it can only be read but not written.
- Always update your WordPress CMS version. Remember that these malicious guys often attack softwares that are popular and has widespread use. Think about Windows OS as against Apple OS. WorPress is now the most used CMS in the world. Hackers often race themselves in how to crack its codes in order to make them feel satisfied in penetrating the top and the best. But I’m pretty sure the WordPress good guys are doing overtime to make our sites safe.
Consider this as a learning experience and a time for you to brush up your web designing skills. I have been pre-occupied lately by activities related to the deaf community so I don’t update my sites as often as I used to. So I took this situation as an opportunity to review my web design lessons. 🙂
- WordPress 3.3: The 11 Most Important New Features (mashable.com)
- Top 10 Ultimate WordPress Security Plugins (journalxtra.com)