I saw the ad on late night television featuring the late, ubiquitous pitchman, Billy Mays. It was for a device that supposedly will turn any car into a hands-free cell phone, provided you have a Bluetooth enabled phone and a car radio.
You can learn more about driving while distracted and ways to keep yourself safe on the road. Find out what Americans thought about driving while distracted in a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance. You can also review these hands free statistics.
For those of you who might be sensitive to me making fun of people with impairments, let me tell you that Tom taught us a lot. He was always a good friend, and vastly interesting because he saw many things in a different light. Tom would rather play jokes on normal people, and have jokes played on him by his friends, in whatever harmless form these jokes may take, than be forced by society to associate only with other new sound device who would know what might offend him, and what might not.
The National Transportation Safety Board is asking every state to ban cell phone use while driving. Their request includes the use of cell phones with a hands free device.
Kurnai was a very dear friend. The comments that his hearing advice friends made at his funeral would not have upset him. As a deaf person, he would have smiled and accepted the fact that no harm was intended. This is another example of the differences in our cultures. While listening to the stories of his life I was upset by the mis-understandings. I was embarrassed by the 'politically incorrect' statements that hearing people were making. I was upset and felt the need to defend Kurnai's statement that "Deafness is not a Disability".