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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2014/07/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2014

 

 

– A California sheriff receives a deaf kidnapping call

In Palmdale, California few days ago, a deaf kidnapping alert
call was sent to the sheriff’s department. Deputies went to
a house to check on it. A deaf couple and their hearing
children lived in the house and there was no kidnapping at all.
One of the children told the deputy he just got off a Skype
chat with someone from Australia. The deputies now suspect
that the Australian was responsible for the fake kidnapping
alert.

 
– kicking deaf mental health patients out of a country

The Health Services of Wales has been accused by deaf
Welsh leaders of kicking deaf mental health patients
out of the country, sending them to England. The leaders
said these deaf patients stay in England, never again
seeing their family and friends! The Health administrators
are denying this accusation.

 
– Earthlink gives a deaf customer problems

Earthlink is an internet service provider of about
1,200,000 customers. Way back in 2006, a deaf customer
wanted to cancel his account, but was ignored by
Earthlink. Each month for 8 years, he was charged
this internet fee on his credit card account. Only
recently he woke up and immediately emailed Earthlink
about it. Earthlink told him to discuss this on the
telephone. He explained he was deaf and it was much
easier to discuss this on email. Earthlink got angry
and threatened to send his account to a Collection
Agency. He then had to get help from a local consumer
service agency to force Earthlink to stop charging him
and to give him a big refund.

 
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2014/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 18, 2014

 

 

– Walgreens executive says deaf can do it

We have a few deaf forklift drivers, but many companies
won’t hire deaf people to drive forklifts. They say
deafness is a danger in crowded warehouse areas.
Wrong, says Walgreens executive Randy Lewis. He
said “we found deaf forklift drivers are twice as
safe as someone who can hear.” He understands the
needs of the deaf and the disabled because his son
is an autistic.

 

 
– missing in a hearing person’s hand bag

A newspaper ran a story of a hearing woman’s
hand bag and the stuff in it. Inside the bag were
wallet, cash, snacks, eye mask and ear plugs, sewing
kit, safety pins, hygiene tools, band aids, pocket
beverages, beauty products, nail file, mirror,
prescription pills, charger for her mobile device.
And lastly, the iPhone. Only two things were missing!
A pen and a pad! Both very important to the deaf but
very unimportant to the hearing woman!

 

 
– an update on U-S-A fingerspelled Coolidge Gold coin

DeafDigest has mentioned a couple of times in the past
about the Deaf $10.00 USA Gold Coin. The US Mint has
announced that this coin is now being made available
for public sale. Cost of this $10.00 Gold Coin?
For the Proof version, it is $865.00, and for the
Uncirculated version, it is $845.00. To know more
about it, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-coolidge-gold-coin/

(DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschild for this
update)

 

 

 

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