2015/05/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 27, 2015

 
— An angry debate at Canada’s House of Commons

We have read that a deaf child, whose mother
works in Canada, was not allowed in the
country because of her deafness. Immigration
said deafness is a “medical condition” that
the country does not want. Yesterday, the
House of Commons had an angry discussion over
this issue. A newspaper ran this headline:

New hope for deaf girl who wants to join mother in Canada

 
— The deaf in The Whispers, a TV thriller

A new TV series – The Whispers – will be aired
next week on the ABC network. FBI Special Agent
Claire Bennigan (Lily Rabe) is in charge of
investigating these mysteries. In one plot, a
deaf child is involved in an accident that
required FBI investigation. Again, not sure
if it is a real deaf child or a fake-deaf child!

 

— the Deaf Industry

Do we have a Deaf Industry that the Wall Street
takes seriously? CI’s, hearing aids, assistive
devices, etc? Well, today there was an announcement
that The Global Deaf Aid Industry Report 2015
is available to those that want to read this stuff.
It is the first that DeafDigest editor has heard
of it. The description of this report, however,
is extremely vague.

 

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2015/05/27morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 27, 2015 morning

 
— Signed TV News a failure

Is Signed TV news important or not important to the deaf?
A company that surveys TV ratings said that Signed TV
news do not really help the station’s ratings in
Great Britain. Not really surprising because not
every deaf person knows sign language, and they
prefer subtitles.

 

 

— while waiting for the interpreter to arrive

Deaf patients admitted to the emergency room at
the Erie County Medical Center (NY) will see
doctors and nurses carrying their sign language
books. It is to communicate with deaf patients,
while waiting for the interpreter to arrive.
It may be important because first few minutes
can be critical to the patient’s well being,
and the medical people just cannot wait.

 
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2015/05/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 26, 2015

 
— a confession of a deaf attorney

Robert Hunter is a deaf attorney in London. As a new
attorney 30 years ago, he was advised to specialize in
paperwork and documents and ignore courtroom lawsuits.
He refused because paperwork was boring and being
with people was fun. He faked his deafness, relying
on lipreading, and controlled the conversations.
The law firm didn’t know he was deaf. It was too
late because he was the law firm’s best attorney!
Would he do the same thing now if he was new?
He said no.

 

 

— a wrong person manages world’s best hotel

Roberto Wirth, who is deaf, and attended schools
in USA (American SD, Gallaudet and NTID) owns
one of the world’s best hotels in Rome – the
Hassler Roma Hotel. He has just written a book
that explains his deafness, a secret that not
too many people were aware of. He said while
growing up, the family considered him
“a wrong child”! He had to struggle for years
before finally becoming deaf (wrong) owner of
a luxury hotel popular with famous people.

A picture of his hotel, near Spanish Steps, is at:
http://deafdigest.com/hotel-hassler-rome-owned-by-dea/

A picture of him is at:
http://deafdigest.com/picture-of-deaf-hotel-owner/

 

 

— a surprise with a state commission for the deaf and HOH

Many states have their own commissions for the deaf
and the hard of hearing. What is a big surprise with
the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing? This agency does not have a full time
interpreter! When interpreters are needed then
the deaf executive director is forced to find one
at the last minute. As a result there have been
cancellations of meetings and appointments. Why
no interpreter? The state is broke!

 

 
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2015/05/26morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 26, 2015 morning

 
— good news for deaf TV viewers

It was just announced that “Switched at Birth” is coming
back again for its 5th season. The new series starts
on August 24th. This is good news because deaf viewers
wanted to know what will be happening because of so
much drama during the last show of the 4th season!

 
— a thin Deaf Smith

Many of us know that Deaf Smith, who was deaf, fought
in the Texas Revolution against Mexico and is considered
a hero. A county – Deaf Smith county – is named after
him. Was he skinny or strong? Don’t know but for the
TV series – Texas Rising, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
who is not deaf, had to lose 40 pounds so he could
look like Deaf Smith! Does Morgan’s role look so
fake? Yes.

 
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2015/05/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 25, 2015

— ad says hearing aid is ugly

In Australia, there was a newspaper ad which said hearing
aid is ugly. There was a picture of a shrimp sitting behind
the ear. Guess who posted that ad? The Victoria Hearing
designed that ad! Because the public screamed, the hearing
aid agency took down the ad after showing it for two days.
Why that ad? To mock deaf people for not buying hearing aids.

 

— deaf motocross racer has won many trophies

Kyran Nicholas is deaf and is a motocross racer.
So far this year he has won 11 trophies. He is
from Saltash, England – and – is just 7 years old!
Said his parents:

A lot of kids can’t even ride push-bikes at the
age of seven and he’s been riding motorbikes since
he was two

His trick is to feel the vibrations during the
races.

 

— Paris government deaf-friendly for 30 days

Many deaf people live in Paris; they come from everywhere
in Europe. They have jobs and pay taxes and are
law-abiding citizens. But for years the city government
has not been deaf-friendly. But for 30 days, the
city council has agreed to subtitle their sessions,
plus an interpreter on screen – perfect for deaf that
only know sign language and for those that don’t use
signs! Will it continue beyond 30 days? Don’t know.

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2015/05/25morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 25, 2015 morning

 
— a tremendous honor for Gallaudet, #1 in the nation

Gallaudet always has a thriving athletic program. And
while Gallaudet has never won a national championship in
any sport, it is ranked #1 in the nation among NCAA-III
colleges. The Social Media Index gave Gallaudet the top
honor. People from everywhere in USA follow Gallaudet
through likes/followers per University enrollment
(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). It is not surprising –
Gallaudet is a national university – same as West Point,
Navy and Air Force.

 
— a deaf trucker wins state’s #1 honor

Danny Radcliffe is a deaf trucker with Carlile
Transportation in Fairbanks, Alaska. He drives these
huge company trucks. And this year he is #1 in the
Alaska Trucking Association’s Truck Driving
Championships. He has been driving these trucks for
10 years. Big question – how was he able to drive
trucks while the Deaf Community had to fight the
US Department of Transportation to allow them to
drive trucks. Deaf have been driving trucks inside
the state; the DOT allows that, but would not allow
the deaf to drive across state lines! Weird laws?
Yes – but it is changing.

 

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2015/05/24morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 24, 2015 morning

— deaf man thinking of $30,000 investment in a deaf drug

A deaf man wrote a letter to an investment advisor, explaining
that he is deaf and has $30,000 to invest in a drug that would
cure him of his deafness. What did the investment advisor say?

The drug is supposed to be Novartis, made in Switzerland.
Does this drug work? No, if the person has been deaf all his
life. Possibly, if the person is late-deafened – but no
promises or guarantees. This drug, however, is yet permitted
in USA.

— same old story with deaf versus a police officer

If you are deaf and for any reason, the police officer
stops you, the advice is this – stay calm and tell the
officer of your deafness. Just stay calm even if you
did nothing wrong. There was a story yesterday of a
Florida police officer being cleared of all charges
of shooting a deaf man to death. The cop went to a
car towing place and saw a deaf man trying to take
his truck out of the property. The deaf man immediately
pulled out his weapon and was immediately shot to death.
Worth it to show anger, using hands, or to pull out
a weapon? No!

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