DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 26, 2016


— world’s most dangerous city to drive a cab

Are there licensed deaf cab drivers in New York
City? We are not talking about deaf Lyfft
and Uber drivers but of real cab drivers.
There is one that is deaf – Yuriy Grinman.
To help with his work, he uses taxi-hailing
app for customers to pick their destinations.
He said – “I see the noise of New York – but
I don’t have to hear it”. His picture is at:


— high speed testing of deaf

Newly born babies now routinely go through hearing
tests. How long does a hearing test take? Just
12 seconds according to a testing center in


— Marlee teaches deaf how to deal with police

There have been too many ugly deaf-police
incidents. The American Civil Liberties Union
has contracted with Marlee Matlin to produce
a video on how should a deaf person deal with
the police. This is important during traffic
stops and arrests. What does Marlee know about
the police? Her husband is a police officer!



Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— world’s best percussionist

08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 25, 2016


— Starbucks’ best barista is deaf

Starbucks has been hiring more deaf people as
baristas, preparing coffees and cold refreshment
drinks for demanding customers. Who is the
best Deaf Barista? It is Banny M.H. Choi, a
deaf Korean woman. She won a Starbucks
Barista contest, beating out other competing
baristas. A picture of her is at:


— deaf jobs survey accurate or false

There was a survey that said 25 percent of
employed deaf people quit their jobs because
of discrimination. This survey took place
in Great Britain. This survey accurate or
false? Many people quit their jobs because
of abusive bosses, no matter if these
employees are deaf or hearing. Very often
a deaf person does not realize that his
abusive boss is also abusive to hearing
employees! This is why DeafDigest does not
trust the survey results.


— thrown out for wearing a hearing aid

A deaf girl, a member of her school 6th grade
basketball team in Kentucky, was thrown out of
the game. The referee would not allow her to
play while wearing a hearing aid! Her angry
mother personally confronted the referee.
After reviewing the rules, the referee allowed
her back in the game! The conference then
sent a notice to all referees and participating
schools that hearing aids are allowed.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— ASL, easier way to learn

08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 24, 2016

— a deaf speed artist

We know about speed chess, where chess players
make their moves within seconds, instead of
deciding a long time before making next moves.
Speed artist? Well, Victor Sitali, who is deaf
and from Zambia, is a speed artist. He was seen
completing a portrait in just seven minutes.
As a matter of comparison, deaf portrait artist
William Sparks took months to complete a
portrait of past NAD executive director
Frederick C. Schreiber that was hung at
NAD headquarters. A picture is at:


— a different interpreter training program

There is a serious shortage of interpreters
in USA. One state is coming up with a different
approach to training new interpreters. These
interpreting students are prisoners in Louisiana!
They become friends with deaf inmates, learn
some ASL from them, and then sign up for
interpreter training program (inside the
prison walls)! First they do practice
interpreting for deaf inmates and then they
hopefully will get intepreting jobs when they
get out of prison.


— a big rancher in Texas was a deaf man

Texas, a big state, has many big ranches – thousands
of acres. One of these big ranches was started by
a deaf man – Burnell Butler. He moved his family
from Mississippi to South Texas around 1850 to set
up a ranching business. This ranch survived hard
times and continued to exist right up to the
late 1930’s. This seems to be the first story
of a deaf big rancher that DeafDigest has ever heard of.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf street performer

08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 23, 2016

— a deaf first in Japan

Kawakami Kei, a deaf Japanese woman, has
achieved a first in Japan. She has become
the first Deaf Certified Interpreter (CDI)
in her nation! Coming from a deaf family
Japanese Sign Language is her primary
language. She went to Gallaudet and
earned a degree in Deaf Studies and
Interpreting. She then obtained her
CDI certificate from RID. A picture of
her is at:


— deaf-hate crime in California

Doug Vigil, who is deaf, is one of the candidates for
the seat on Stockton Unified Board of Education.
Apparently there are people in Stockton that hate
the deaf because they sprayed anti-deaf comments
on the sidewalk in front of his house. The police
is investigating.


— perfect deaf speech not worth it

A deaf man has speech that is so perfect
that all hearing people understand him.
Is it worth it to have perfet speech?
A deaf man in Great Britain was not able
to get disability income. The social
service agency felt this man was faking
his deafness because of his perfect


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— wrong name on fund-raising letter

08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2016


— USA’s first deaf-owned brewery

We have a deaf-owned brewery in New Zealand,
but not so in USA. This will change.
Ian Cameron, who is deaf, is opening up
his own brewery in East Mesa, Arizona.
Name of the brewery is Lochiel Brewing
Company. His ancestors are from Scotland,
hence the reason for the name – Lochiel.
Some of the beers he plans to brew is
Scottish-style ale and extra-special bitter.
A picture is at:


— possible DeafTown in Pennsylvania

We have had several failed DeafTown
efforts. Will there be a DeafTown
in Pennsylvania, in the Pocono
region? There was a announcement, though
a quiet one, by a deaf organization
about their planned DeafTown. They
said they are working with realtors,
developers, and investors right now.
While the exact location in the Pocono
region is not publicly known, DeafDigest
editor knows of a deaf person that
owns a large piece of land in the


— deafness was reason for not-guilty verdict

In Great Britain, two deaf sisters committed
a horrific crime. They were arrested and
went through a court trial. Everyone felt
they would be convicted and sentenced to
lifetime prison terms. The judge let them
go, all charges dropped. His reason –

they are deaf and would have problems dealing
with hardened convicts in a prison

The Deaf Community isn’t too happy about it.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— 20 marvels in 2000 helping the deaf

08/21/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


A pharmacist has two jobs – one is to
make medicine and also to explain to
patient what to do with the medicine.
A hearing person, visiting a small
town, was confused about the medicine
she got from her home town pharmacy.
She went to the small town pharmacy
and asked the pharmacist to explain
it to her.
A deaf person may struggle if
he went to a small town pharmacy,
if the pharmacist has never met a
deaf person in his life!