DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 21, 2018


— advice for retailers

a captioning consultant has this advice for
retailers – do not depend on self-captioning
software to do captions; mistakes with software
will turn off deaf (and hearing) customers.


— India law allows deaf to drive; does not allow them!

India allows the deaf to drive; yet separate India
states still do not allow the deaf to drive. This has
led to a clash between the government and the states
of India.


— a surprise Amazon announcement

A while ago DeafDigest cast doubt on Alexa helping
the deaf because of lack of captions. Now this –
Amazon has surprised us with this “Alexa Captions.”
Great for the deaf? Well, if captions are
self-automated, then we may see too many captioning



Deaf jobs – latest update

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

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 20, 2018

— Australian anti-piracy laws may kill subtitles

A group of video distributors such as Disney, 20th
Century Fox, Paramount, is pushing for anti-piracy
laws in Australia. The issue is copyrighted
material. Many of these video pirates insert
subtitles for the benefit of viewers that only
know English. These video providers do not insert
subtitles because they are not required to do so
in Australia! This is a legal minefield that may
hurt the deaf that require subtitles to legal
(as well as illegal videos)!


— state senator opposes hearing aid coverage

Leah Vukmir is a state senator in Wisconsin. She has
constantly opposed bills, sponsored by both parties,
to expand insurance coverage hearing aids and CI’s.
Her reason is that insurance companies cannot afford
to pay for these coverages. There is an irony. She
is a nurse. It should be assumed that nurses should
be sensitive to the accommodation needs of patients,
but apparently she isn’t. Oh, by the way, she is
a Republican U.S. Senate candidate.


— fierce opposition to new DC bill to require open captions

Open captioning advocates in the District of Columbia have
pushed for a bill, that was introduced by one councilmember
to require open captions in some, but not all, showings.
The bill would require multiple-screen movie theaters
to show open captions at least four showings of each
film – during peak hours and weekday evenings. Vigorously
opposing the bill is Jack Evans, DC’s most powerful
politician. He is that powerful and he often gets his
way among fellow council members.


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— CIA had a deaf intelligence officer

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 19, 2018


— interpreter’s nightmare and relief

An interpreter, assigned to interpret the speech
of a controversial political leader, was given
an advance script of his speech. A phrase, that
the politician made up, consisted of two words
that he invented. The interpreter spent all
night trying to come up with an appropriate
sign for that phrase – in a way that the deaf
in the audience would understand. What happened?
The speaker never used the phrase that he said
he would!


— some will; some will not, said a deaf leader

A deaf leader, who graduated from university, said:

Some professors would help me and other professors
would not. This was my first lesson in lecture
hall discrimination.

What this means – even with interpreters
some professors look down on the deaf.



— RID now looking for a new CEO

Joey Trapani has resigned the position as CEO of
the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf (RID).
This resignation is effective September 28th.
The RID, once considered the Crown Jewel of
agencies and organizations serving the deaf,
will have to find a new (and an effective) CEO.
What about a deaf CEO? RID once had a deaf
CEO and that person didn’t last too long!
This does not mean a deaf person can’t run
RID. An effective deaf CEO can.



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Maryland’s long time deaf elected delegate in House of Delegates

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 18, 2018


— Deaf contestant on The Price is Right TV show

Caitlin Cunningham, who is deaf, will be participating
on The Price is Right TV show. DeafDigest is not sure
of the exact date but is told it may be on
October 19th.


— an app for world-wide deaf travelers

Many deaf people love to travel. Gabriel Schlieve
has come up with an app – The Rebel Traveler’s
Guide. He said this app is good for the deaf
and disabled travelers.


— be careful when wearing a hearing aid in the woods

A deaf woman lost her hearing aid while walking through
the woods. A low flying bird swooped over her and pulled
the hearing aid from her ear and flew away. This deaf
woman is very upset about losing an expensive hearing aid!




Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf President Now was not deaf people’s first mass protest

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 17, 2018


— national law against mocking the deaf

It is unfortunate that some hearing people
mock the deaf. In the Philippines, there is
a law – Republic Act No. 9442 which makes
it a violation to mock the deaf. Not sure
if our ADA covers the “mocking” of the
deaf, but it is a violation in the
Philippines. This subject was the focus
of a web posting today.


— Texas deaf students may never know about Helen Keller

Helen Keller is the world’s most famous deaf-blind
person. DeafDigest is worried that deaf students
in the state of Texas may never have heard of her.
Reason is that Texas Education board members approved
removing Helen Keller from the school teaching
agenda. Why?


— an ugly incident at a small town restaurant

A restaurant is popular in one small town. There are
always long lines at this walk-in, no-reservations
restaurant. A deaf couple was in front of the
long line, expecting the restaurant manager to
lead them to the next available table. The manager
totally ignored the deaf couple and asked the
couple behind them to come into the restaurant.
When the deaf couple made an ugly scene, the
manager apologized and led them to another
table with a handwritten note that said
“the couple behind you made reservations.”
Yet, the restaurant had a sign that said
“no reservations” meaning the manager was
not telling the truth!



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— unavailable interpreter at sales presentation

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