DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 20, 2018


— big deaf lesson in road rage

In Nebraska, a hearing driver, into road rage, threatened
the lives of a deaf driver and his deaf wife. The angry
deaf driver caught up with him, and made gestures as
to say “slow down; relax, take it easy.” The road
rage driver, getting angrier and angrier, pulled out
his gun and shot at the deaf couple! The deaf couple
escaped the bullets. Police is now looking for the
road rage driver. If you are driving and you see a road
rage driver, stay out – and be safe. It is not worth it.
A picture is at:


— good deaf app or bad deaf app

We have many apps that are supposed to help the deaf
by telling them of captions, interpreters, deaf-friendly
places, etc. Apps are only as good as the accuracy of
volunteers that report in the information. If the
app says one theater always shows open captions,
but if that information is false, then deaf people
get angry. And there is a big rivalry between owners
of their own deaf apps!


— interpreters that stop interpreting during conversation

Deaf people hate it when interpreters stop signing during
conversation with hearing people. Discrimination?
Not in the case of Marsha Ireland, a deaf woman that
lives near London, Ontario. She is a member of the
Oneida tribe. When she is with other Oneida hearing
people and if they speak English, then the interpreter
is fine. But when the hearing people switch to the
Oneida language, the interpreter stops signing, because
of lack of knowledge of that language!



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— Codas that fake deafness

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 19, 2018


— issues among Deaf Senior Citizens

A group of deaf Senior Citizens from Texas got
together and discussed problems, concerns and
issues. Discussed were pros and cons of independent
living centers, deaf-unfriendly centers, to prepare
meals or to be served meals, protection of assets
and outside incomes, etc, etc. The Deaf Seniors
of America may take these concerns a priority
with them. A picture is at:


— different kind of bingo

People love to play bingo; it is fun.
A deafness advocate has come up with a
different kind of bingo – instead of
numbers, deafness-related words are
called out, with explanations on
these deafness issues. Not sure if
is fun or boring, but it is something


— art galleries: public vs private

A deaf person, that loves visiting art galleries,
made a comparison of public art galleries
versus private galleries. She said that
private galleries have a reputation for
not being too accessible to the deaf.



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— Five things deaf people hate

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 18, 2018

— Barbara Bush helped appoint deaf man to White House job

Barbara Bush passed away yesterday. She was the wife of
past president George H.W. Bush. Years ago she helped
Goerge appoint Don Rhodes, a deaf man for these important
White House duties. He started as a volunteer during
George’s election campaigns and moved up the ranks.
Not too many people knew about it. One of Bush’s
friends said:

He was so key to George Bush, but outside Bush world, he was
totally unknown. He was the most important unknown person
in those busy circles

One of his last duties was to to sort and index documents
that went to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
in College Station, Texas

a picture is at:


— communicating with hearing patrons

Mozzeria, deaf-owned and deaf-run pizzeria
in San Francisco, has many patrons who do
not speak English. No barriers there –
deaf employees and hearing no-English
patrons. They communicate very well
via notes and hand gestures! It may
be the reason why Mozzeria business
is booming – word of mouth gets around
fast among non-English speaking people
in the city.


— volunteering requires personal sacrifice

A state asks for deaf people to volunteer
serving on the board of directors of
its own state commission for the deaf and
hard of hearing. It is a worthwhile
mission, yet it comes with sacrifices.
Giving up personal time, willing to
travel to meeting sites, must learn
to use email, facetime, video
conferencing, texting, etc. Must
update community on developments.
And risk confrontations at deaf events
by people angry at the government!



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— deaf attorney’s tricks of trade

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 17, 2018

— deaf actor remembers Star Trek

Howie Seago, who is deaf, is a theatrical
actor with many plays to his credit. He rarely
appears on TV and movies, but at one time, he did
– with a Star Trek episode on a 1987 TV program.
In these days it was difficult to overcome
discrimination against deaf actors. Anyway he
came to the producers with a long list of
suggestions on how to use a deaf actor in
in Star Trek. The producers told they may
get back with him. He had to wait 6 months
before they gave him the good news. For
Howie, patience paid off. A picture is at:


— Starbucks and the deaf

We have read about the Starbucks controversy
in Philadelphia where two men were arrested
on trespassing charges even though they
were waiting for a third person to show
up. What about the deaf? Starbucks good
to the deaf or bad to the deaf? Seems
to be some good and some bad. Starbucks
has hired few deaf people as baristas,
but Starbucks has been slapped with
several lawsuits over the years on
discrimination issues.


— a comment by a 911 dispatcher

in a newspaper story a county dispatcher in Oregon
said that they prefer to get voice, not text
in case of emergencies, but are aware that
deaf people cannot use voice – but – with one
exception. A deaf person lives in that county;
the dispatchers know him (and his deaf voice).
When there is an emergency with him, he repeats
twice his name and his address with the
dispatcher. The police that come to his house
already know that he is deaf and could deal
with him appropriately.



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— artist Goya’s biggest deafness irony

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 16, 2018

— junk wood thrown away is valuable

There is a newspaper story today of Dominick Fusco,
Kalamazoo, MI. He is deaf and owns a business
that converts recycled (or junk) wood into
something valuable. He said:

I’ve been able to find a lot of old pieces that are
broken, something needs to be replaced on it.

His goal is to set up a storefront store where
hearing customers can purchase old wood products
(shelves, chairs, tables, etc) for use in their
houses. A picture is at:


— certified police agencies and the deaf

Ohio is trying to establish rules for police departments
to get certified. This means meeting standards for
police officers to effectively do their jobs. If
the police departments don’t, then they will get
on the list of town police departments that don’t
meet standards. It was a newspaper story today. But
what about police officers that detain deaf
individuals? This issue was not addressed at all!
How so very disappointing.


— biggest 911-text fear, not a joke

What is the biggest 911-text fear, and it is
not a joke? It is the computer screen of
the dispatcher that freezes up and locks up.
The dispatcher has a special button to tell
the bosses that there is a computer problem.
Doesn’t really help!



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— rare agreement between rival national organizations of the deaf

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