2015/03/05

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 5, 2015

 
– deaf woman rejected in a TV program

Nina Poersch is one of the participants in the
Survivor: Worlds Apart reality TV series. She
has been facing two handicaps – only deaf person
in a all-hearing cast, and she also is much older
than others in the cast. As a result she has been
rejected and left out by these participants. Her
anger has led to arguments with them. It did not
help when she was placed in a group of two
much-younger women. People watching this program
have sympathized with her.

 
– a 74-year old deaf adventurer

If you are at the age of 74, would you be willing to
climb a mountain above 14,000 feet? Retired NASA deaf
engineer Richard Dawes did – and he has many pictures
to prove it! He was successful with his first winter
mountain climb – at the Quandary Peak in Colorado.
He worked for many years at the NASA in Huntsville,
Alabama before retiring.

 

– a software that invents new ASL signs

Could a software invent a new ASL sign for a new word?
There are always new slang words such as duck face, lolcat,
hawt, selfie, photobomb, etc. When interpreters hear
these words, and if there are no signs for it, they
have to quickly invent it and hope the deaf person
understands it! Software to solve that problem?
Well, a new company in New York is working on such
a software. Will it succeed? There are as many as
half-dozen signs for the word “computer” and for the
word “football”!

 
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2015/03/04

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 4, 2015

 

– a deaf candidate with unusual background

Saito Rie, a deaf woman, is a nightclub hostess in
Japan. Her chores are to take orders for drinks
from patrons and to sit down and chat with them.
Her goal is to win the election for the assembly
seat in Tokyo. The election takes place next
month. Her political goal is simple -
barrier-free society.

 

– the truth behind a discrimination case

A deaf bus driver filed a job discrimination case
in Canada and lost the case. What is the truth?
The driver got into two accidents within the
past 8 years (crashing into a parked car; hitting
a cyclist). This driver was warned that one more
such accident would result in being fired.
The driver said she was harrassed and bullied, but
the court did not agree with her.

 
– two facts about Hamill that many don’t know

Matt Hamill is well known in the Deaf Community
as a popular ultimate fighter. He has defeated
some of the nation’s best fighters. There are
two facts about Hamill that many of us do not
realize. He lost three of his last four fights.
He has not taken part in a fight since 2013.
Both issues are big concerns as his next fight
takes place on April 10th.

 

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2015/03/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 3, 2015

 
– a choice hearing people don’t want to face

What is a choice a hearing person don’t want to face?
There was a story about a child either becoming
deaf or dead! A child, suffering from a genetic
disease, can be healed but at the cost of becoming
deaf. An ugly choice? Yes, years ago there was an
outstanding hearing athlete who faced the same
thing. He chose to become deaf rather than to die.
He enrolled at Gallaudet and excelled in Gallaudet
sports and then had a long career serving the
Deaf Community before he passed away some years ago.

 
– a deaf whose speech better than hearing?

Is there a deaf person whose speech is much better
than hearing people? DeafDigest does not think
so. There was a movie made in 1968 – Psych-Out.
It is now being shown on Blu-ray. It features
a deaf character whose speech is better than
most of the hearing people she hangs out with!
In real life, it is not possible – because
even those with great speech would show their
deafness in their voices.

 
– no deaf assistance with subway problems

Do take a look at the picture:

http://deafdigest.com/no-deaf-advice-in-metro-picture/

Will the panicky hearing people, trapped in
the subway, help the deaf? Good question!

 

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2015/03/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 2, 2015

 
– a famous fake-deaf actor

One of the most famous fake-deaf actors is Sylvester
Stallone. In 1997, he starred in a movie – Cop Land.
His role was a deaf sheriff in a crime drama, trying
to clean up a New Jersey town of crime and corruption.
The movie was a flop. Perhaps if a real deaf actor
was cast in the deaf sheriff role, the movie could
have been a success!

 

– hoping for a better deaf tour of Europe

Ken Fisher, who is a serious beer brewer, tours Europe
on a regular basis, learning brewing methods from
master European brewers. These brewers are hearing
and while they communicate with Fisher, communication
is often difficult. To solve this problem, there was
a special event – his Grateful Deaf Cascadian Dark Rye
beer was made available to the public in Oregon.
Proceeds from this event will pay for an interpreter
to accompany Fisher on his next European tour!

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action, go to:
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– a reason why NASCAR captions were mixed with baseball

DeafDigest mentioned last week that NASCAR TV race
had nonsense baseball captions. There is a (bad)
reason for it. Someone plugged in the wrong computer
to the captioning equipment. That wrong computer
had these baseball names. The other computer,
with these NASCAR racing names were not plugged in.
It happened when someone pressed on the baseball
button instead of NASCAR button. Yes, very
embarrassing.

 

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