DeafDigest Gold – July 27, 2014

DeafDigest Gold – July 27, 2014

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2014/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2014

 

 

– probably the rarest deaf event in history!

an extremely rare deaf event took place, possibly
the first time. Two deaf sisters, both pregnant,
gave births within few hours of each other – at
the same hospital! It happened at the Union Hospital.
Interpreters? Yes, two separate groups of interpreters
were hired for this once-in-a-lifetime event. No way
would one interpreter be traveling back and forth
between both sisters’ beds and their doctors.

 

 
– yes captions and no captions

going on right now is the Commonwealth Games, which is
like “Britishlympics” involving about 70 nations related
to Great Britain – Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc. It is a big
event that holds high interest among sports-lovers
in the Commonwealth nations. These games are being
televised. Captions for the deaf? In Scotland, the
deaf are very happy because there are captions.
In New Zealand, the deaf are very unhappy because
of no captions. Not sure why couldn’t these captions
be shared with all 70 English speaking nations instead
of just a few lucky British-speaking nations?

 

 

– many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting

many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
Why? Many reasons – many deaf patients are not good
with sign language; slow internet connection; poor
picture on the screen; one can only see faces on the
screen, not full body; many hospital engineers do not
know how to fix video problems; VRI is disconnected
while waiting for doctor’s review of medical tests;
when doctor comes back, the video is turned on only
to find a new and different interpreter; many VRI
interpreters do not know medical signs; etc. What
is the best solution – real interpreter in person!

 

 
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2014/07/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2014

 
– a surprise deaf Mixed Martial Arts fighter

Adams Evans is a deaf British Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
After many years of participation in judo and in boxing,
he became a MMA fighter three years ago. Since then he has
won all of his MMA fights. He also was just offered a contract
with Fusion Fighting Championships, which is England’s biggest
MMA company. There is a big surprise about it. What is the
surprise? Adams is 42 years old, already an old man in a
young man’s sport!

 

 
– a strange comment by past Miss America Heather Whitestone

A web newspaper today made a list of strange comments by
famous people. When Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, won
the Miss America 1995 pageant, a newspaper reporter asked
her this question:

If you could live forever, would you and why?

Her response was this:

I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,
because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live
forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not
live forever

 

 

– sign language in a comic book

The issue #19 of the Hawkeye comic book, coming soon on July 30,
is having main character Clint Barton communicate in sign language.
Because of battles for justice, Clint was so badly beaten up that
he became deaf. As a result, he had to learn and to use sign
language. Very easy to draw a comic strip with sign language?
No, says writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. It was a big
challenge for them. Anyway do buy the comic book on July 30th.

 
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2014/07/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 23, 2014

 
– an amazing deaf photographer

Brenden Borrellini, from Brisbane, Australia, is deaf and is a
photographer. And he is amazing. Why? He is not just deaf
but is also deaf-blind! How could a deaf-blind photographer
take pictures of things he cannot see? He is completely blind,
without limited vision. He uses a specially adapted camera
that allows him to feel the buttons and instruments. And he
receives feedback of the scene through a device that converts
text to braille. This way – before he snaps the picture he
knows the composition, light, shutter openings and depth.
Does it work? People have praised the pictures he cannot
see but have taken!

 

 
– a horror interpreter story

What is a horror interpreter story? In Victoria, which is
Australia’s biggest state, a deaf woman was assaulted by
her hearing husband. The police came over, and was not
able to communicate because of her deafness. What did the
police do? They asked the deaf woman’s abusive husband to
serve as her interpreter! Yes, you read it right. The
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
is very angry about it and is conducting an investigation.

 

 

– this year’s most popular deaf short film

What is the most popular deaf short film? It is “Silent
Melody” that is directed by Prasanth Varma. He has been
honored as the most promising film director at a recent
film convention in Atlanta. Why is that film so popular?
It already has nearly 20,000,000 web hits!

 

 
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2014/07/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2014

 
– The Ape Sign Language

Many of us have watched the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
and have noticed that the apes’ sign language was much better
than the original “Planet of Apes” movies (1968 and 2001).
New Orleans interpreter Shari Bernius spent a lot of time
teaching these “ape-actors” some signs. As a result we
were able to follow some of their signed phrases.

 

 
– Marlee Matlin and James Garner

All-time popular actor James Garner has departed us.
Has Marlee Matlin ever participated in a movie with him?
Yes. It was a 1997 movie – Dead Silence. It was about
three jail escapees holding deaf students as hostages.
Garner played the role of a FBI agent and Marlee as
the teacher of these deaf children.

 

 

 

– The most difficult deaf postal card to obtain

Over the years there have been many deaf stamps and deaf
postal cards. What is the most difficult deaf postal card
to obtain? It is the 1912 postal card from Germany.
Why? Do visit:

http://deafdigest.com/1912-germany-deaf-postal-card/

 

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