2014/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 15, 2014

– more on deaf Australian truck driver Jim Ashley

Last week’s DeafDigest mentioned deaf truck driver
Jim Ashley being inducted into the Australian
National Road Transport Hall of Fame. It was learned
that he started at the very bottom at age of 14 –
washing dirty trucks for 50 Australian cents. Then
he practiced driving these trucks around in the yard.
And then after finishing school, he got a truck driving
job.Been with trucks since then. It is not possible
in USA, but possible in Australia. His picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-hall-of-famer-jim-ashley/

 
– an unusual deaf jury lawsuit

Michelle Koplitz, a deaf resident of Washington, DC, has
filed a lawsuit, which is a bit unusual and a bit
interesting. She receivedsummons to serve on the DC
grand jury and asked for an interpreter. The DC
Courts system switched her to petit jury service with
an interpreter. She turned it down, wanting to serve
on the Grand Jury. DC Courts refused and she filed a
lawsuit. Petit jury is more of a one-day trial, while
duty on Grand Jury may last a month. She was a past Miss
Deaf USA (not to be confused with NAD’s Miss America,
which has been discontinued).

 

 

– a lipreading machine

Is there a lipreading machine on a computer? A team
of researchers at Mu’tah University in Jordan is
working on that project. Will it be successful? Hard
to say. It probably may work if the language has no
accent and has few vowels. But when a language has
so many accents and so many vowels, then the machine
will probably fail. And there is a big issue – these
famous people may not like to have the machine copy
their lips!
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2014/09/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 12, 2014

 
– another Heather Whitestone

Are we having another Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, who
was Miss America 1995? We have a deaf participant taking
part in 2015 Miss America Competition right now. It is Miss
Michigan K.T. Maviglia. Every Miss America participant has
a goal in life; K.T.’s goal is to provide hearing aids for
deaf children.

 
– an amazed deaf tourist from Scotland

DeafDigest editor was riding the subway with a
deaf friend. A deaf tourist from Scotland saw the signing
and came over. Communication was between American
Sign Language and British Sign Language. This
tourist repeatedly emphasized one word – access.
He was just amazed that for the deaf, access in
USA was much easier than in Scotland.

 

– the facts re the Rochester captioning protest?

a group of deaf Rochesterians are pushing the
Regal Entertainment Group to turn on captions
upon demand. Is Regal against captions? No –
and in fact, Randy Smith, the Regal vice president
has a deaf son. The TV set in Randy’s house is
always captioned even though the deaf son moved
out 4 years ago. Then why Regal refuses open
captions? Business goes down 50 percent with
open captioned movies. The worst fear? That
Regal, suffering from slow business with
open captioned movies, would close their
Rochester theater.

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2014/09/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 11, 2014

 
– emergency faxes sent five hours after the emergency

A landslide took place in Hiroshima (Japan), and it
threatened the lives of these residents. There was
supposed to be an emergency alert system for the deaf
in the form of faxes sent to their homes. These faxes
arrived five hours late. Luckily no one was hurt or
killed – and the city government apologized for the
fax mess up.

 
– the deaf woman and the nail salon in Texas

Julie Bartenstein, who is deaf, went to the City Nails
store in Rockwall, Texas to get her nails done. The
manager would not allow her because she was deaf!
She and her family have filed a formal complaint
with the city human rights commission. The salon
manager said that her nails took too long to work
on, thus wasting her time. And if Julie still wanted
her nails done in the future, the rate would be double
the normal rates!

 
– deaf British family making million dollars

Husband Shahab Reza and wife Shehnaz and adult children
Zainab and Abbas, all of them deaf, have sent bills
to the British Department of Work and Pensions for
interpreting expenses for four years. The total
billing came up to £800,000, which is $1,300,000
in USA dollars. The money did not go to the
interpreters but for their holiday trips, jewelry,
university tuition and investments. The government
found out about it. They are now on court trial
and they may be sent to prison.

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