2014/09/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 19, 2014

 
– a Regal meeting in Rochester

Since Regal is worried about the deaf rally in
Rochester for captions-on-demand, Randy Smith,
the vice president flew down to Rochester to
meet with the deaf community. Is Randy insensitive
to the needs of the deaf, inasmuch as his son
is deaf? Well, he explained that the deaf
patrons have three choices – caption glass, neck
loops and seat-based devices. They just cannot
have captions upon request. DeafDigest wonders
why cannot Smith offer a win-win compromise?

 
– a company says Australian Sign Language is not English

Miranda Reardon, a young deaf woman, with qualifications
in food preparation, wanted a job as a caterer in Darwin,
in Australia. She was not allowed to apply because she
 “does not know English.” The caterer said Australian
Sign Language is not English! The Anti-Discrimination
Commission is now handling this case. Two interesting
things about it was that the caterer had a deaf employee
that worked in isolation without communications. And
a hearing French man, who didn’t know too much
English, worked at that company for a while!

 

 

– a deaf woman in the world of the Flamenco

If one eats at a certain Spanish restaurant he would see
Flamenco dancing. This type of dancing is popular in south
Spain, and is becoming more popular worldwide. Ángeles Narváez,
who is deaf, is a Flamenco dancer but with a twist – she
mixes sign language with her dances. She owns her own
flamenco company and has danced at big Spanish festivals
as well as in events in France. Right now there is a movie
being made of her dances and performances.

 
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2014/09/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 18, 2014

 

– wristband communications

Do we need a wristband that says “deaf” or “hearing impaired”?
Well, the VFW Kelly Ingram Post668 in Alabama, is distributing
these wristbands to those that want this stuff. Some say
wristband is better than a pin or a shirt tag that says the
same thing. The wristband can be hidden and shown only to one
person instead of “telling the world.”

 

 

– a popular restaurant in China is deaf-owned, deaf-operated

A hot restaurant in the Shaanxi province of China is deaf-owned,
and 22 of 30 restaurant employees are deaf. Gao Cuiping, the
deaf owner, received money from hearing investor Zhang Pingsheng
to start the business. Why the investment? Zhang’s son is deaf
and he saw for himself how difficult it was for the deaf to
find jobs. The patrons have been satisfied with the food,
service and communications. Name of restaurant? Silent
Restaurant! Not a joke. You can see a picture of a deaf waitress
showing her communication tricks on her apron:
http://deafdigest.com/tricks-by-deaf-waitress/

 

 

– duPont was desperate

A.I. duPont (1864-1935), of the famous duPont family involved
in manufacturing and developments (chemicals ,engineering,
science), was a desperate man. He traveled all over the world
for one reason – seeking a cure for his deafness!  He could
not get along with his several wives and with his family
reasons and was always involved with many lawsuits. Why
was he so difficult? Because he was deaf and could not
communicate easily with everyone.

 

 

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2014/09/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 17, 2014

– advice from deaf participant of hearing conventions

The San Diego Comic-Con convention was not deaf friendly,
as mentioned in yesterday’s DeafDigest. A deaf business
man, experienced with many hearing conventions, has this
advice – plan in advance with convention workshops; if
the hosting organization receives federal funds, then
they must provide interpreters upon request; if it is
a private organization then you bring your interpreter
and pay for it. Also he said that he attends hobby club
and he pays for interpreters. Worth it? Yes, he says!

 
– a famous deaf actor is a sheriff

Incredible Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno is deaf. He is still
an actor, even though this famous TV series was canceled
in 1997. During his free time he is a reserve sheriff
in Los Angeles County and San Luis Obispo County. He
helps with Search and Rescue. He also does traffic
stops. Why is he so interested in law enforcement?
His father, who was a cop, told him deaf people cannot
become cops. It made him more determined to join the law
enforcement field.

 

– a hearing aid battery or a chewing gum?

People that wear hearing aids know about batteries
that die at the wrong time. What about a chewing gum?
Not a regular chewing gum but a special chewing gum!
Canadian engineers are working on an idea – that this
special chewing gum could be used to power up a battery
for the hearing aid. Chew on that special gum for 60
seconds and the battery life is continued. Will it
work? Maybe for strong jaws, not weak jaws.

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2014/09/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 16, 2014

– a mistake by a native of Scotland

People of Scotland will vote Thursday for
independence or to stay with the Great Britain.
A native of Scotland made a big mistake. It was
Alexander Graham Bell! He invented the telephone,
hoping to help the deaf to hear. It didn’t but the
world was never the same.  Bell from Scotland?
He was born in Edinburgh but moved to Canada
as a young man and then shuttled back and forth
between USA and Canada for the rest of his life.

 

– a deaf woman with interesting skills

Tina Duresky, a deaf woman living in the Phoenix,
Arizona area, has two interesting skills. She is
a softball umpire, a basketball referee and also a
volleyball referee. With the police, she is a crime
lab technician, rushing to crime scenes to collect
fingerprints and other evidences. While this job
with the Avondale Police Department is volunteer,
she is hoping it will turn into a full time career.

 

– lone deaf person attending a hearing convention

A deaf person attended a hearing convention all by
himself. He didn’t know if there were deaf people
around. He went to the disability booth to sign up
for accommodations but was given a wheelchair pin;
there was no deafness pin. Just one interpreter
which was not always available for some workshops.
No one was around to guide him on first day chaos
and confusion. The videos were not captioned. It
was the same San Diego Comic Con week where a
disorganized zombie walk led to a frightened deaf
driver being attacked, forcing him to drive away,
hitting someone – which will lead to a number of
lawsuits.

 

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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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