2014/11/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 28, 2014

 

– a city may hire deaf as a police officer

Bridgeport, CT, 145,000 people, will allow the police
department to hire deaf applicants – on one condition.
The hearing aid is required if it helps the deaf
applicant to function as a hearing person. But if the
hearing aid does not help, the deaf cannot be hired.

 
– a deaf hero’s bad luck

James Mester, a deaf resident of Waco, Texas,
has been praised as a hero. He smelled smoke in his
apartment building and got all 8 residents
out just in time. The bad luck is that the fire
destroyed his apartment, making him homeless.
He is now living at a shelter, while getting help
from family and friends on his future plans.

 

 

– clarification with interpreters and VRI in hospitals

DeafDigest mentioned that private hospitals can offer
VRI instead of interpreters. This is not always true.
There are two issues – Section 504 and ADA regulations.
And there are Medicare Part B patients. Throw all this
into one pot, and things can get complicated, different
explanations for different issues! And speaking
of VRI, there are doctors that prefer live interpreters
because communication is so much better! Who is right
and who is wrong? This is why we have attorneys and
we have courts!

 

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2014/11/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 27, 2014

 

– deaf man says he is successful stock market trader

A deaf man posted his article on the web today, saying he has
been making a great living, making a lot of money with his
full time stock trading business. And that he has been
giving a lot of financial advice with hearing clients.
His name is James DePorre. Personally, DeafDigest is
always wary, because people that make great money
normally don’t brag about it!

 

– Kevin Hall, the deaf professional golfer

What has become of Kevin Hall, the deaf professional
golfer? At Ohio State, he won the Big Ten golf
championship, and took part in five big PGA pro
tournaments in 2005 and 2006. He did not make the
cut in these pro tournaments. What has become of
him today? The ESPN said he is playing in minor league
mini-tours. He did take part in one deaf golf tournament,
and won it very easily by runaway scores. When he was
younger he attended St Rita School for the Deaf.
In golf he regularly shoots in the low seventies, but
in big time pro golf, one has to shoot mid-sixties
just to survive.

 

– is the FCC advisory committee a joke?

The FCC has announced it is setting up a special
advisory committee to discuss disability issues.
Is that a joke? When we tell FCC we want open
captions, are they going to listen to us? No. When
we tell the FCC that we want 911 text emergency
services at every single police station in USA, FCC
is not going to listen to us. And when we work with
hearing disabled representatives on that committee,
the hearing disabled people tend to push us out.
So, in other words, is that new committee a joke? Yes.

 

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2014/11/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 26, 2014

 

– best hospital for deaf – public or private

Which is the best hospital for the deaf? A
private hospital or a public hospital? There
are many great public and private hospitals.
But there may be one difference. With the
public hospital, you have the right to an
interpreter in person instead of VRI. But a
private hospital may only offer you a VRI,
and refuse your request for an interpreter.
Best thing? Check with the hospital first
to find out what is offered you.

 

– the best politician the deaf has ever had

Who was the best Capitol Hill politician that the
deaf has ever had? Tom Harkin? Possibly but there
was another one – President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Why? Take a look at:
http://deafdigest.com/golden-era-of-deafness-of-fifties-thru-seventies/

Why is DeafDigest mentioning him? Because there was
an article in a Washington, DC magazine this week that
said LBJ was the most effective politician; he got
things done (for the hearing as well as for the deaf)

 

 

– a TV complaint by some deaf British people

Some deaf British people have a complaint. They
do not get a discount as a subscriber of TV programs.
They are saying that the blind people get a discount,
but the deaf people don’t. Yes, there are subtitles
on TV programs, but the deaf people pay full price.

 

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2014/11/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 25, 2014

– a Deaf Sauce for deaf barbecue lovers

Do you love sauce with your meals? Do we have
a Deaf Sauce brewed by a deaf person? Yes.
Deaf Man’s Barbecue Sauce is being brewed and
sold by Rasool, Pasadena, California, who goes
by his single name. He is a former Gallaudet
basketball player years ago. How good is the
barbecue sauce? His ads say it was ranked #17
among world’s top 100 barbecue sauces. DeafDigest
editor, who loves sauces, is tempted to taste it!

 

– a deaf actress many of us never heard of

Patty Dwyer? Who is she? We would shrug our
shoulders. She is deaf and has been acting for
20 years in theater, television shows, movies,
and commercials. It is said she can either
play deaf roles or hearing roles with ease.
If you watched “The Christmas Dragon” or
the “The Man on Carrion Road” or the “Day
Zero” she was in it. Where is she from? Utah.

 

– deaf trapped behind  several locked doors!

A deaf man accompanied his deaf girl friend
who wanted to visit a family member that was
hospitalized in the Toronto ICU unit. The
hospital could only be entered through several
rooms of locked doors on two sides of the wall.
To open the locked door, one has to use the
wall phone. The deaf man kicked on the door
many times, until the hospital worker heard
the noise and opened the door. This was just
the first locked door with several more locked
doors to go through. He is not happy about
it and vented his anger on the Facebook.

 

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2014/11/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 24, 2014

 

– the second Famous Deaf Cookie

We now have the Second Famous Deaf Cookie. Christin
White, Lansing, Michigan, is having her batch of
cookies served at the White House this Holiday
Season. She is deaf and only got serious with
cookie-making during recent months. People
fell in love with her recipes! Who was the First
Famous Deaf Cookie? Jimmy’s Cookies, baked by Jimmy
Libman, a deaf man, between the early 1980’s
and early 2000’s before he sold the business.

 
– no open captions in the big agreement

Last Friday leaders of deaf organizations reached agreement
with the National Association of Theatre Owners on movie
captions. Only it will not be open captions. Why? A deaf
person, involved in discussions, said we’ve tried everything
- negotiations, lawsuits, rulemaking, lobbying but the
movie theaters nor the government is willing to give
open captions to us. Is this captions agreement satisfactory?
No, but better than nothing.

 

 

– hearing prisoners win and deaf prisoners lose

In Los Angeles County there was an agreement on a lawsuit
filed by prisoners. They were arguing that rights due
disabled prisoners were always denied. This lawsuit
lasted about six years of back and forth arguing.
What about deaf prisoners? Nothing about them was
mentioned in the lawsuit! Very puzzling and very
troubling.

 

 

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