2014/07/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 31, 2014

 
– manufacturer of a defective CI wins court case

A CI manufacturer won a court case even though their
CI product was defective and had to be recalled. And
they never told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
about this defective product. How did they win? The
Arizona federal judge said that there are no FDA
rules about defective CI’s, and so, this manufacturer
was lucky. Yet, the judge warned the manufacturer
that this lawsuit could be refiled with revised paperwork!

 
– captions valuable to a hearing company

TV captions are very important to Critical Mention.
It is a hearing company that follows media news
for its hearing clients. Much of the media news are
captioned, not voice! It is not the first time
a deaf device has helped a hearing company. In
the early eighties, a television station in
Nebraska bought 1,000 deaf TV decoders from
TDI. Why? The crop farmers in Nebraska needed the
text captions to get agriculture weather updates!
So if we say hearing people depend on deaf devices,
it is not a joke.

 

– a famous deaf entertainer with a scary name

The word Asphyxia is scary. It means choking the neck
to prevent the person from breathing. Well, there is
a famous entertainer whose name is Asphyxia. She is from
Australia and performs shows for the Grimstones, which
is a circus group that travels all over the world. And
she is deaf! She has been deaf all her life. She performs
everything – puppets, trapeze, hula hoops, etc. Why
Asphyxia? Do not know! Anyway, she is now writing a book
about her life.

 

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2014/07/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 30, 2014

 

– deaf being touched, tapped, poked, prodded at hospitals

Two hospitals in Texas are being sued by Texas Civil
Rights Project. What did they do wrong? The doctors at
these hospitals touched, tapped, poked and prodded
their deaf patients. All of these were done without
any interpreters around – leaving deaf patients upset
and confused as to why no one was around to explain
what and why the doctors were doing on their bodies.

 
– Deaf Soap Opera or Deaf Family Friendly TV show

The ABCFamily network is supposed to show only family
friendly TV programs. Yet there are accusations that
the Switched at Birth is more of a Soap Opera than
as a Family Friendly TV show. They are saying that
if it is really a soap opera then it should be moved
to these daytime soap opera channels. There were many
plots on the Switched at Birth episodes that are not
appropriate for viewers of the ABCFamily network.

 
– a deaf passenger on a bus

A bus driver, in a small British town, gave a passenger
and her two young daughters, a very hard time due to her
deafness. She bought discounted fares for her under-age
daughters, yet the driver would not accept it and forced
her to pay full fares. When the passenger told the driver
she was deaf and to please communicate slowly, the driver
laughed and put a speakerphone on her ear, claiming she
can hear the loud voices. She filed a formal complaint
with the bus company officials. The company apologized
for the incident and said they were investigating the
whole thing. The company was lucky she is not planning
legal action.

 

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2014/07/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2014

 
– an ugly deaf incident in San Diego

The Comic-Con convention took place in San Diego.
It is for fans of comics that play out their
fantasties. The key event is the outdoors Zombie
Walk where costumed people have fun. But they
crowded the intersection, blocking a car with
a deaf family in it. No cops were around to handle
the parade traffic. The deaf driver honked his horn;
suddenly the Zombie Walkers jumped on the car hood.
The frightened deaf family felt threatened, and
sped away, accidentally hit a woman. The police now
is trying to sort it all out. For that reason, the
daily Zombie Walks were canceled.

 
– an employer hires the deaf for a big reason

ULTRA Testing is a software company. They want to hire
the disabled (the deaf, the blind and the autistic).
Sympathy? No. They say the blind hear things better
than the non-blind. They say the autistic are often
smarter than the non-autistic. The deaf? They say
deaf see things better than the hearing!

 

– Gallaudet in a Switched at Birth TV plot!

The Switched at Birth’s Isn’t What You Think
episode on TV has a Gallaudet plot. Gallaudet
has accepted Daphne Vasquez for admission.
Her father was not very happy about it, preferring
that she enroll at Northwestern University for
its pre-med program. DeafDigest wonders if the
Switched at Birth writers do not realize that
Biology is one of Gallaudet’s strongest
departments!

 

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2014/07/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2014

 

– a young deaf woman gets a sweet revenge

17-year old Princess Pura is a deaf Filipino woman.
Yes, Princess is her first name. She entered a local
pageant for the first time. Nervous, she made some
mistakes on the stage, and the crowd booed her. Not
giving up, she entered the next pageant and qualified
for the final pageant – the “Queen of the Philippines.”
That she was able to enter this final pageant after
being booed for the first time has become her sweetest
revenge! The pageant people are already excited about her.

 

– Sorenson’s owners have filed bankruptcy

Some months ago, Sorenson seemed to have escaped
bankruptcy, and we thought things were looking up
for this relay provider. It was just learned that
Sorenson’s two co-owners – GTCR LLC and Madison
Dearborn, both Chicago private equity companies,
have filed bankruptcy, saying Sorenson’s heavy
debt is killing them ($1.28 billion in debt
payable February 2015). What will happen to
Sorenson? We do not know.

 
– homework to help the deaf during a convention

This week there is a convention of the National Court
Reporters Association that is taking place in
San Francisco. These conventioners are captioners
and CART operators. It may be very possible that some
of the realtime TV programs you are watching this
week have been captioned by these conventioners,
using their own captioning equipment in their hotel
rooms! Some of them work between convention workshops,
panels and social events. This is homework.

 

 

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