2017/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 22, 2017

 

— deaf not allowed to watch the eclipse

A deaf school warned all of its students not to
look at the eclipse. School was afraid deaf students
would lose vision by watching the eclipse directly.
No, it didn’t happen yesterday, but in the 1979
eclipse, by the Washington School for the Deaf!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/eclipse-and-deaf-vision/

 

— percentage of new deaf students at RIT

At RIT, which also includes attending NTID,
the percentage of new deaf and hard of hearing
students is 8.5 percent. In actual numbers,
approximately 235 of them.

 

— comparing deaf captions with blind audio description

The deaf need captions. The blind need audio description.
Which is more expensive? According to a newspaper
story, audio description is more expensive. This is
surprising!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf lieutentant, World War II
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/20/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 21, 2017

 

— biggest regret by a hearing actor

Richard Dreyfuss, not deaf, played a high school music
teacher and father of a deaf son in the movie –
Mr Holland’s Opus. This movie is considered to be
one of the best deaf-related movies ever filmed
in Hollywood. Dreyfuss wanted to learn ASL to be
able to communicate with the deaf character in
the movie. He said that his “movie wife”
learned ASL while he couldn’t even when he tried
hard. Not too many hearing actors would make this
kind of admission but Dreyfuss did. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-baby-in-famous-movie/

 

— deaf Alaskans from remote villages

Alaska is twice larger than Texas but with lowest population
among these 50 states. What about the deaf? In Revillagigedo Island,
eleven residents are deaf. In Prince of Wales Island, six
residents are deaf. And in the village of Metlakatla,
just one.

 

— 10 years and 200 applications

Julia Gilchrist, who is deaf, does not know the
word “give up.” It took her ten years, with
200 job applications before finally landing
a full time job. She had many short-term contract
jobs, but was let go when these contracts expired.
She said these employers were supportive and
wanted to hire a deaf person, but just didn’t.
In her present job she is responsible for
the inter-company communications network.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— airport ticket counter confusion
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/20/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest Gold – August 20, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – August 20, 2017

Gold Edition Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
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Old Fogey

Valuable Interpreter II

http://deafdigest.com/comics/fogeys-valuable-interpreter-ii/

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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/usnavalacademy/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/missedgrant/

This week’s ASL Videos in youtube:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-soccer-oral-versus-asl/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-tty-lucky-invention/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— British election embarrassment http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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list of upcoming Deaf National Events

http://deafdigest.com/upcoming-national-deaf-events/

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Sunday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/large-man-blocking-movie-captions/

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Top stories about the deaf:

There are complaints that deaf patients need
to wait 18 months in Scotland to have evaluation of their mental health needs!

Over-the-counter listening devices vs
expensive hearing aids. Who wins?
According to a survey, testing a small
group of 41 hearing aid people, the
hearing aid wins but not by that great
a margin! This survey was printed in
a recent publication of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

In some cities in Malaysia, town councils
would not give deaf drivers their “handicapped” parking stickers to allow
them to park in reserved areas.

Three Uganda ministers (Gender, Labour and Social Development; the Health; and the
Education and Sports) have been slapped
with lawsuits for not providing the
deaf with their accommodation needs.

The SEPTA rapid rail system serves Philadelphia commuters. And deaf commuters
wanting to reach the police had problems
trying to reach a dispatcher through
their mobile phones. This has changed
with a new app that allows the deaf to
reach police directly.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

ORAL SCHOOL VS ASL SCHOOL IN SOCCER

About twenty years ago there was a soccer game
between Rhode Island School for the Deaf and Clarke
School for the Deaf.

This game was interesting because Rhode Island players
used ASL while Clarke players communicated orally.

The Rhode Island school invited the Clarke team to a
dinner after the game. The Clarke coach had his team
sit away far away from the Rhode Island group. The

Clarke players were not allowed to communicate with the
Rhode Island players.

Weird? Yes.

This week’s ASL video in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-soccer-oral-versus-asl/

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

TTY WAS A LUCKY INVENTION

TTY was popular in the Deaf Community from the seventies
through the nineties.

It was a lucky invention. Why? Robert Weitbrecht, a deaf
man, loved to hike in the mountains in California. He
was hiking with a hearing friend. During the hike, another
group came nearby. A woman in that group overheard Weitbrecht’s
oral deaf voice and knew he was deaf. She came to him and
introduced herself as a mother of a deaf son.

Both groups chatted for a while, and Weitbrecht told the
woman that he loved to work on old TTY machines for radio
ham communications. She asked him – why not change the
radio ham TTY machine to deaf TTY machine?

The rest is history!

This week’s ASL video in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-tty-lucky-invention/

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Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

The lights in our homes are important for many of us who have Usher Syndrome.

Most often, in younger years, we tend to need lots of lights to see.

The technology keeps changing and some changes are helpful.

In my house we switched our dining area lighting to LED lights.

It was so helpful, less glare and softer.

As an added bonus, the LED lights should last 20 years!

I won’t last that long!

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the
Deaf-Blind.

You can email him at mailto:info@renetheunstoppable.com

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DeafDigest Blue – August 20, 2017

DeafDigest Blue – August 20, 2017

Blue Edition
Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
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Last week’s ASL Videos in youtube
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-not-hear-fighting-voices/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/deaf-actors-cut-out-of-movies/

This week’s ASL videos in youtube http://deafdigest.com/videos/white-captions-perfect-for-deaf-low-vision/
http://deafdigest.com/videos/interpreter-for-deaf-video-or-in-person/

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— CDI’s, few facts http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

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Saturday’s Deaf Picture for your surprise

http://deafdigest.com/british-deaf-friendly-apartments-proposal/

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Top stories about the deaf:

An activist posted on a blog saying that
fund raising, on behalf of deaf service
agencies, generates unwanted public
sympathy on the deaf!

A petition has been started by the deaf of
New Zealand to urge the television network
to add interpreters for political candidate
debates.

The Rwanda National Union of the Deaf is
asking that the government make Sign
Language an official language.

ACLU of Nebraska filed a lawsuit accusing
prisons of not providing deaf inmates with
their accommodation needs.

For many years the Walker Foundation raised money for
the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.
This function will still continue, but under a
different name – the SCSDB Foundation. A
spokesperson said the name change reflects
school’s expanded relationship with donors
and community organizations.

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READ WHAT THEY SAY

Unlock the phone with CapTel® Captioned Telephone! CapTel shows word-for-word captions of everything a caller says over the phone, letting you read everything that they say – Like captions on TV – for the phone!

Captions are provided by a free service, no monthly fees or contracts required. For more information or to order call 1-800-233-9130 V/TTY or visit http://www.weitbrecht.com/captel.html

For more info about CapTel or any of the many assistive listening devices we offer, email: mailto:sales@weitbrecht.com

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates
Deaf Dentist; College Park. MD & Gaithersburg, MD
(near Washington, DC & Frederick, MD & also Metro Washington)

Complete Dental Services; assistants either know ASL or
are deaf

more information:
http://www.drrattner.com/our-team/meet-our-team/

to contact Dr. Steven L. Rattner, P.A. & Associates:
http://www.drrattner.com/contact/

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

A REASON FOR WHITE OR YELLOW CAPTIONS
A director of a state commission for the deaf told
DeafDigest editor last week that there is a reason for
white or yellow captions.

He said that deaf people with low vision prefer white
or yellow captions.

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/white-captions-perfect-for-deaf-low-vision/

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Lip reading tale

A deaf friend was chatting with a hearing friend

The deaf friend thought hearing person said:
I don’t like bark. He is a troublemaker

The hearing person actually said:
I don’t like Mark. He is a troublemaker

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This week’s ASL video in youtube

VIDEO INTERPRETER OR INTERPRETER IN PERSON?
Sometimes deaf people use video interpreters.
Sometimes deaf people use interpreters in person.

Why sometimes video and sometimes in person?
All depends.

With a video interpreter, a deaf person cannot
try to depend on him to help him with other things.
But with an in-person interpreter, some deaf people
are tempted to ask him to help him with other
things.

Both video and in-person interpreters are not
supposed to “help” the deaf person – just interpret
and nothing else!

– for ASL News version with captions, please visit:
http://deafdigest.com/videos/interpreter-for-deaf-video-or-in-person/

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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series

It is the beginning of a new school year, and many CART captioners are beginning new assignments. Some students are using CART for the very first time.

Once again, “CART” stands for “Communication Access Realtime Translation.”

Many students and professors will be curious about this service. If a student is comfortable disclosing his or her use of CART to the rest of the class, it is an opportunity to explain what CART is to people who have never seen CART.

Before using CART in the classroom, everyone involved should have a solid understanding of what will take place. These are a couple questions that need to be answered: Will I be using remote CART or onsite CART? Will I be provided note files of the classes by the CART captioner?

Before the school year begins, it is sometimes a good idea to have someone from the disabilities services office, the CART captioner, and the user of CART services sit down and discuss everyone’s expectations.

The disabilities services office will expect the user to notify the CART captioner promptly if the user is not able to attend class for some reason. The user will expect the CART captioner to show up on time and ready to provide services.

CART users should realize that the CART captioners will be blocking out the time periods for their classes for the entire semester. If a CART user cancels the captioner’s services by deciding he or she no longer needs services or by dropping a class, the CART captioner may have already turned down other assignments and may be losing that income.

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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:

Did Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf
and Hard of Hearing experience a reincarnation?
No, but its announcement of Alexander Graham
as the new Executive Director seemed like it because
of the similarity of these names. To be fair, the
middle initial of the new person is T. (Alexander
T. Graham).
Another question – does the new executive director
have background in deafness? No, but his background
is in administration of non-profits.
Different backgrounds but with nearly-similar
names, interesting.

note:
he is no longer at the helm at AgBell

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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:

For years a regular stethoscope has been a problem for
deaf physicians. From time to time there have been
modifications that have helped the deaf physicians
use the stethoscope. The latest modification comes
in two pieces – an electronic scope that would download
the results into a computer. The second is an option,
a headset gear attached to the stethoscope. Cost is
nearly $600, as contrasted to $250.00 for the best
model on the market. Expensive to be a deaf doctor?
Sort of!

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2017/08/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 18, 2017

— a future interpreter without facial expressions

A team from the University of Antwerp (the
Netherlands) is coming up with a 3D-robot
arm that they say, can function as a
sign language interpreter. Really? Deaf
people depend on interpreters’ facial
expressions and body language, along with
sign language, to follow the hearing
conversation. Can a robot show facial
expressions and body language? A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/future-interpreter-without-facial-expressions/

 

— biggest fear among employers

All employers are afraid of the ADA. There
are two big issues they constantly face:

what if you don’t hire the deaf employee because
he is not qualified? Should I hire him just to
avoid an annoying lawsuit?

what if you don’t hire the deaf person,
who manages to fake his hearing skills,
but would not admit his hearing loss?
Should I hire him just to avoid an annoying
lawsuit?

This is the reason why attorneys, on both
sides of the fence, get rich!

 

— a trick by a deaf physician

there is a deaf physician that functions
as a hearing person with help of his hearing
aid. He has stiff competition from other doctors
that have practices near his own medical
practice. His trick:

To take a lot of time with each patient,
making sure to communicate with him and
to make sure his medical questions are
answered.

Result? He said he has millions of dollars
in his banking account!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— surprise board member
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/