2014/11/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 21, 2014

 

– school closed but tradition not forgotten

Austine School for the Deaf (in Vermont) has closed
for good – unless the state finds new money to reopen
it. There was a Thanksgiving Day tradition that the
school hosted for years. Not willing to let it
die, the Brattleboro Deaf Club has taken over this
tradition so that the local deaf community can
enjoy this feast.

 
– the MRI and the deaf

We often see this abbreviation – MRI – which stands
for Magnetic resonance imaging. While it is not
X-ray, the functions are the same – to look for
something wrong in the body – broken bones,
organ problems, diseases, etc. Anyway, there was
a big story today saying that MRI is bad for
people with Cochlear Implants! Something to do
with clashes of different magnets! It may be
painful for deaf people with CI to go through
MRI.

 

– is a long time deaf-owned business closing up?

Smart Alex, Inc is a Chicago-based greeting card
company, owned by a deaf man, Jay Blumenfeld,
and been in business for nearly 35 years.
The cards are not deaf-based but humor-based,
making hearing people laugh. These cards are
sold in selected greeting card stores across the
nation. Anyway there was an announcement that
the card warehouse has been closed up due to
downsizing. Not sure exactly what this means -
continuing to operate on a smaller scale or
closed up fully and for good?

 

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2014/11/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 20, 2014

 

– a deaf club broke because of a sad reason

A burglar broke into a deaf club, stole everything
from the safe. As a result, the deaf club is now
broke, and is in danger of closing up for good.
It took place at the Clapham Deaf Club, located
in South London (Great Britain). This club,
90 years old, is the social center of the local
deaf community. Police is still looking for the
burglar.

 

– most unusual supermarket employee in USA

A deaf man works as a checkout bagger at a
Wisconsin supermarket. In the past, he worked
for the federal government on bankruptcy
paperwork, taught ASL to a chimp, advised
dormitory students on life skills, served as
dean of students, taught ASL at a big
university, school athletic department fund
raiser, etc, etc. That person is Vaughn
Hallada, of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
Why is he a bagger? He is retired, and
working in a supermarket is the best way
to stay in touch with the public, with his
easy-to-understand gestures. A story was run
on him in today’s Wisconsin newspapers.

 

– a feud among interpreting students

Gallaudet University offers a major for hearing
students that want to become interpreters. A feud
broke out among some interpreting students. It
had something to do with one group speaking to
each other in public without using signs, whereas
the other group insisted on using signs if they
are speaking. Several Gallaudet students, seeing
the whole thing, asked that these speaking
students use signs. They refused!

 

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2014/11/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 19, 2014

 

 

– a Sign Language birth certificate

When a baby is born, the parents write the baby’s
name on the birth certificate. This is the normal
way of recording the baby’s birth. But for
Tomato Lichy and Paula Garfield, a deaf British
couple, they wanted to do something differently.
Instead of writing the name of their baby on
the certificate, they had the baby’s name signed
in British Sign Language! Impossible? Many legal
experts thought so, but an attorney made it
possible! Will we be seeing these ASL American
birth certificates?

 

– best and worst states for deaf access in courts

What is the best state and the worst state for
access by the deaf in the courts? The National
Center for Access to Justice ran a survey of
50 state court systems. They said the best
state is Connecticut, and the worst states
are Oklahoma, Kentucky, Illinois, South Dakota
and Indiana. Deaf people that need interpreters
in these worst states need to make sure they
are getting good interpreting services!

 

– looking for landlords that hate the deaf

Many landlords welcome the deaf. Many other
landlords don’t. They discriminate against
the deaf, but are so clever about it
without getting into trouble with the Fair
Housing Rights law. The Austin Tenants
Council (Texas) is hiring a deaf person,
called a tester. His job is to ask these
landlords about vacant apartments. If the
landlord says no vacancy but the tester sees
hearing family renting an apartment, then the
landlord is lying and breaking the law.

 

 

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2014/11/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 18, 2014

 

– a fishy story behind FCC-Purple internet relay mess?

Is something fishy going on with Purple dropping internet
relay, making deaf-blind and non-signing deaf very angry?
There are three hints – that FCC wanted to monitor internet
relay, that FCC only wanted to monitor these internet relay
fraud calls; and that that a call center in the Philippines
was handling Purple’s internet relay calls! Who is telling
the truth behind these FCC’s and Purple’s comments? When
fingers are pointed at each other, we all suffer.

 

– Munching on Doritos during the next Super Bowl

Many deaf football fans munch on Doritos while watching
the Super Bowl. Deaf Doritos munched by Deaf Football
fans? Well, Gary Herkimer, Phoenix, Arizona, who is deaf,
has produced a Deaf Doritos video that he hopes will
be aired during the Super Bowl! Doritos is staging the
“Crash the Super Bowl” contest, and so far his video has
reached the semi finals. Will the Deaf Doritos video win,
making our Doritos even more delicious? Hope so.

 

– A hot Deaf Issue in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has handled Deaf Cases. The latest such
case has involved a deaf man convicted of a crime. At the
time of the crime, he was never arrested nor advised of his
rights with the police. While he talked to the police and
signed a confession, the police claimed he knew what was
going on, whereas his attorney claimed he wasn’t aware
of anything. These are the issues that were argued
in the Supreme Court yesterday.

 
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2014/11/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 17, 2014

– cost to set up Deaf Village

DeafDigest mentioned that Wilson, North Carolina
government and business officials are pushing
for a deaf village, named Wilson Village, to be
set up near Eastern North Carolina School for
the Deaf. Cost? At least 10 million dollars,
perhaps even higher.

 
– a Deaf Bulb

What is a Deaf Bulb? A small company is coming
up with a smoke detector for the deaf. Cost
of the Deaf Bulb? Approximately $100, but it
will last 27 years. Doing the math, it would
be $3.70 per year or 31 cents per month.
Color of the bulb? Red! Why? Don’t know
Still, the $100 tag will scare off many
deaf people.

 

– CAAG VRS to the rescue?

CAAG VRS, a relay provider, has asked the FCC
for permission to provide internet relay for
the deaf-blind. Deaf-blind only? DeafDigest
feels it will be applicable to the non-signing
deaf. Will FCC OK it? Yes, as long as CAAG VRS
meets all of the criteria FCC requires of all
providers.

 

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