2018/07/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 20, 2018

 

— The Alexa and the deaf

Hearing people love using Alexa. The Alexa people are
saying it will work with the deaf. Here are two
headlines in today’s different press releases
that contradict each other:

bad headline
Why some accents don’t work on Alexa

good headline
Alexa can now have a conversation with members of the deaf community

If Alexa is supposed to read sign language; there are many
different signs for one word. As an example there are as
many half dozen signs for the word “football” and no
way Alexa would know them all! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/alexa-and-the-deaf/

 

— different location for a deaf social club

Deaf social clubs are dying. Deaf people to to
Starbucks on a weekly basis, and it has become
their own Deaf Social Club. Here is another
different location – the Edgewater Branch
of the Chicago Public Library system.
Deaf people meet there on a regular basis
to play games and to socialize with each other.

 

— giving back to the Deaf Community

Do we have famous deaf people that give back to
the Deaf Community? Marlee Matlin does. She
gives back to deaf charities a portion of
her merchandise and apparel sales.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf Community, redlining
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/07/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 19, 2018

 

— all-ASL Starbucks few blocks away from Gallaudet

there was a newspaper announcement about an
all-ASL Starbucks a 15-minute walk away from Gallaudet.
It will be on H Street, NE. Great? Hope so?
Parking is very tight in that area. Deaf people who
live in the Washington, DC city limits but not near
H Street NE, may be hesitant to drive over and
struggle for parking spots, just for a quick
grab of coffee! DeafDigest editor lives in Washington,
DC where there are as many as half-dozen Starbucks
within easy walking distance! Anyway there was a coffee
place located across the street from Gallaudet. It
only lasted two months. Next ASL-Starbucks where?
Across the street from NTID in Rochester, NY? A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/all-deaf-starbucks-staff/

 

— negative trend about deaf characters in movies

An article today said that this year there were
two movies that placed the deaf in a negative
way. These movies treated the deaf as a burden
instead of being loved members of the family.
These two movies are – A Quiet Place and
Unfriended: Dark Web. Do we want to watch
deaf movies that make us feel good instead
of feeling badly?

 

— Deaf and Speed Chess

Do deaf people play speed chess? It is different
from regular chess, where players take their time
to make their moves. In speed chess, moves are
made within few seconds. An announcement from the
International Chess Committee of the Deaf said
that the World Deaf Blitz Chess Championship
took place this week in Machester, Great
Britain.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cocktail invented by deaf bartender
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

— opportunities for deaf writer, content editor and
international signs signer

go to:
http://deafdigest.net/category/jobs/

and scroll down until you see
Opportunities at H3 World TV

 

 

2018/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 18, 2018

 

— famous deaf woman told she should not find a job

One of the most famous deaf women is Regina Hughes, who passed
away in 1993. She was a famed illustrator of botany and plants.
The Smithsonian Institution named two plants after her.
As a young woman, she was looking for a job after
graduation from Gallaudet in 1918. Nebraska senator
Filbert Hichcock was a friend of her family. He told her,
but with a hint of her deafness:

nice girls don’t work. You go home and stay with your
papa and meet a nice man and he’ll take care of you.

Of course, she refused to listen to this advice.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-can-do-it/

 

— Hospital VRI rules

A group of hospitals and health centers in Kansas has these
VRI rules – deaf patient has the right to refuse VRI; once
a deaf patient enters a hospital, the VRI cannot be used;
VRI appointments must be interpreted only by one of the
health center interpreters; VRI can be used for last-minute
appointments and during bad weather; a local interpreting
agency knows that not all VRI appointments are good idea.

 

 

— reason Hollywood really don’t want deaf actors

There is a reason Hollywood don’t want deaf actors.
Is Hollywood anti-deaf? No. They are afraid that hearing
people won’t watch movies if deaf actors are cast.
Yes, we have few deaf actors that are successful,
but most deaf actors struggle to find roles.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf scientist forced change in conference presentations
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

— Check out the new post about how trauma can change you
on HealthBridges

http://healthbridges.info/?p=1825

HealthBridges is a website to learn about behavioral health
and social service resources for Deaf, DeafBlind and
Hard of Hearing People

Happy Summer 🙂
The HealthBridges Team

 

2018/07/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 17, 2018

 

— low cost or high cost captioning devices

For theaters, the cost of closed captioning devices
range from $400 to $7,500. The $400.00 cost is cheap,
affordable by many movie theaters – but it comes with
a big risk. Angry deaf patrons will be upset at poor
quality of these cheap devices. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/these-captioning-bloopers/

 

— one of 51 most amazing museums

Edsmart is an organization that promotes the
best in what American universities have to
offer. It ranked Gallaudet’s museum as
one of the 51 Most Astounding University
Museums. This is the biggest honor that any
university museum could ever hope to achieve.

 

— gaming developers don’t help the deaf

Many deaf people love to play video games with their
computers. Many of these games are not well-
captioned. An advisor with these video games
said “Developers often fail their deaf players”
and said the reason is that they feel
captioning is too complicated for them to develop.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— the W letter challenge
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/07/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 16, 2018

— deaf actress in a Fake Hearing role

A twist! We have complained about fake-deaf hearing
actors playing deaf roles. And now this – we have
a fake-hearing actress playing a hearing role!
It is Lauren Ridloff, a deaf actress, who is playing
Connie, a hearing character in the “Walking Dead”
TV series. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/a-fake-hearing-actress/

 

— old fashioned TTY machines still being used

Who uses the old fashioned TTY machines? These machines
are obsolete because of emails, tweets, facebooks,
facetime, video chats, etc. Well, DeafDigest just
learned that deaf people of western Nebraska still
use their TTY machines. Reason is lack of towers
necessary for internet services!

 

— deaf to hear flashing lights not sounds?

Deaf people in the future to hear flashing lights
instead of sounds? Well, a team of scientists
from Germany is working on a CI that will hear
flashing lights instead of hearing sounds.
Not sure how it works but it was published
in a medical science magazine.

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf superintendent of golf course
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

 

— opportunities for deaf writer, content editor and
international signs signer

go to:
http://deafdigest.com/jobs/jobs1-2/

and scroll down until you see
Opportunities at H3 World TV

 

DeafDigest Blue – July 15, 2018

DeafDigest Blue – July 15, 2018
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Top stories about the deaf:
Lagos has been distributing sign language booklets
for police, banks and hospitals and claimed
over 2,000 people have been trained to use
sign language.
The Oyo State government in Nigeria seized a
20-acre land owned by a deaf agency. No reason
was given for the seizure but in which resulted
in mass protests by the Deaf Community.
In the hearing world, a runaway billionaire
is John McAfee, who created a company –
McAfee Associates, that created software
that blocked computer viruses. In the Deaf
World, it is Bill Austin, the past CEO
of Starkey Hearing aids. Guess there are
rogue billionaire runaways, no matter if
they’re affiliated with hearing or with
deaf!
The Rochester Police Department is working
with a deaf organization in Rochester, NY
on a forum to improve relationships with
the Deaf Community.
The following individuals were elected to the NAD Board of Directors:
Melissa S. Draganac-Hawk, President
Richard McCowin, Vice President
Jenny Buechner, Secretary
Michelle Cline, Treasurer
Liz Hill, Region I Representative
Steve Lovi, Region I Representative
Kevin Ryan, Region II Representative
Linsay Darnall, Jr, Region II Representative
Steve Hamerdinger, Region III Representative
Holly Ketchum, Region III Representative
Amy Lucero, Region IV Representative
Martin Price, Region IV Representative
Howard Rosenblum, Ex Officio Member
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
IMPORTANT TO ACCEPT RETRAINING
    This is a true story. A deaf employee worked for
a company for many years. The company required all
employees to be retrained to learn how to work
with computers.
    The deaf employee refused to be retrained.
The company did not like it – but did not fire
the deaf employee because he was a good worker.
    But the company waited, and waited and waited
for the deaf employee to break a company rule.
    Finally, when the deaf employee broke a
company rule he was immediately fired.
    The deaf employee sued and lost because the
company lawyers told the court that the company
rule was in the employee manual and everyone
knew the rule.
    It was easier to fire the deaf employee for
breaking a company rule than to fire him because
of refusal to learn computers!
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Lip reading tale
A deaf baseball fan and a hearing baseball fan
were talking about one baseball player that
plays for Miami Marlins.
The deaf fan thought the hearing fan said:
Justin Pour lacks homerun power
The hearing fan actually said:
Justin Bour lacks homerun power
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This week’s ASL video in youtube
DON’T TEASE THE DEAF
    Many hearing kids are cruel, teasing the deaf and
making them feel bad.
    One hearing kid did, and he was sorry for the rest
of his life.
    The deaf kid’s father owned a big company that hired
many people. The father saw his deaf son being teased
and did not like it.
    Years later the hearing kid grew up, graduated from
college and applied for a job at that big company.
    The hearing kid did not get the job, and he was
sorry that he teased the deaf kid a lot in the past.
    Too late!
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COMMENTS FROM A CART OPERATOR – continuing series
“Why do you have to hit all of those keys at the same time to make such a
simple word come up?  Wouldn’t it just be easier to type on a regular
keyboard one letter at a time?”
Being a CART captioner, I have heard these kinds of questions many times.
Yes, it might be “easier” to type one letter at a time, but if realtime
captioners did that, there would be no way that they could develop the
speed that they need to provide realtime translation for the different
events and broadcasts where captioning and CART are provided.
Using a standard QWERTY keyboard, the fastest typists can sometimes get up
to around 120 words per minute.  It is more common for good typists to
average 60 to 80 words per minute.
The standard rate of speech for most people is around 160 to 180 words per
minute.  Many speakers consistently average over 200 words per minute.
As you can see from these numbers, if someone is using a standard keyboard
and trying to type one letter at a time, even the best of typists cannot
keep up with most speakers.
However, using the steno keyboard, someone can keep up with most speakers.
In order to be certified by the National Court Reporters Association as a
Registered Professional Reporter, which is the entry-level test for court
reporters, someone must pass a test on testimony material at 225 words per
minute.
If you can write at 225 words per minute rather than 100 words per minute,
you will be able to do a much better job of keeping up with speakers in
today’s rapid-paced world.
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News of the Week – Looking Back 10 Years Ago:
    New Hearing words get into the dictionary
every year.
    New Deaf words don’t. Why? Said Peter Sokolowski,
not deaf, editor-at-large, Merriam-Webster:
If somebody is using it to convey a specific idea and
that idea is successfully conveyed in that word, it’s
ready to go in the dictionary
    If this is the case then why such Deaf Words like
Coda, audism, bibi, etc get rejected every year?
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News of the Week – Looking Back 5 Years Ago:
NAD & RID TO PARTNER TOGETHER
A difference a decade would make! Ten years ago
NAD and RID were at each other’s throats, in bitter
disagreement on how interpreters should be certificated.
NAD’s way or RID’s way was what the disagreement focused on.
Now NAD and RID are buddies. Both issued a joint
announcement, acknowledging each other’s goals and
missions and top it off with a Memorandum of
Understanding.
note:
What happened? Seems NAD and RID are both at odds
with each other lately!
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