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2015/04/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 17, 2015

 
– personal contacts better than advocating

A deaf businessman, who does a lot of business with
a national mail order store, is not happy. The store
has DVD videos that are not captioned. He is
planning to visit the store management to explain
the importance of captions on their videos.
The store has to listen because he will take his
business elsewhere if they won’t caption. This
warning is more powerful than just advocating
because the store does not want to lose the
deaf man’s business. Said the deaf businessman:

The diplomacy is the key

 

– a shocking police department silence

Bradford is a small city of just 8,300 people in
Pennsylvania. The city police officers stopped
a deaf driver after a traffic stop and brutally
beat him up, knocking out his CI. The grandfather,
who was riding with him, is angry about it and
is planning a lawsuit. He confronted the police
chief and asked him a simple question:

Does your department have training on how to deal
with the deaf?

The chief said yes, but refused to explain the
procedures! This is shocking, especially from
the chief.

 

– ADA does not cover one very important issue

The ADA has many pages in its book of regulations,
covering five different categories. One very
important issue is not covered in ADA and which
is why we have so many lawsuits. It is captions
on the internet – meaning captioned videos.
Why not? ADA became law in 1990 – years before
the internet become common and again years
before video captions came up.

 
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2015/04/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 16, 2015

 
– a big risk in watching captions

There is a big risk when deaf people watch captions.
Their eyes are always on the captions, and not on the
full screen. As a result, they miss all the action!
This is not a joke. This issue was brought up today
in a deaf blog!

 
– deaf prisoners are more isolated

A social worker, working with a deaf prisoner, said
he is isolated. Reason is that he is not allowed to
use the computer to catch up on deaf news. And
he is not able to subscribe to deaf newspapers,
deaf magazines and deaf newsletters – because all
of these publications are gone! Very sad.

 

 

– movie casting directors and the deaf actors

There was a story on the web that was titled
“10 Casting Decisions That May Have Ruined the Movie.”
It means that a wrong actor cast for a wrong movie
role ruined the movie! Let us talk about hearing
actors that play deaf roles. DeafDigest thinks
there were many movies that were box office flops
because of these wrong actor roles and wrong casting
decisions. Should we have the last laugh?

 

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2015/04/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 15, 2015

 
– a perfect deaf role model

Yesterday’s DeafDigest ran a story about a successful
deaf landlord with his own rental properties. It
was learned that years ago he had several tenants
that were deaf. They learned all about real estate
from this deaf landlord; currently each of them own
several rental houses! This deaf landlord is certainly
a role model for deaf interested in a rental properties.

 

 

– a funny police report about deaf

New Minas is a small town, of just 5,000 people in
Nova Scotia, Canada. Very possibly few hearing
people may have met a deaf person in their lives
in that small town. Anyway, a deaf man entered
a restaurant. For some reason, he waved his arms.
Someone reported this incident to the police.
They came over, realized the person was deaf and
they let him go without arresting him or charging
him with disturbing the peace.

 
– a desperate interpreting situation in one state

A web posting about interpreters for the deaf in
Oklahoma was not good news. It said the state
has 335 school districts with deaf students.
And that between 100 and 200 interpreters may
not be able to meet interpreting standards.
This story was just saying that more money is
needed from the State Legislature to upgrade
interpreting standards. Is there a quick
solution? Yes, there is a certain school in
Sulphur, Oklahoma – the Oklahoma School for
the Deaf!

 

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2015/04/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2015

 
– a surprise beach discovery

315,000 pieces of stuff were lost in the sands of the
beaches of New Jersey last year. One such stuff is
interesting – a hearing aid!

 
– a self-made retired teacher of the deaf

A deaf teacher at a deaf school retired about
ten years ago. What is he doing nowaways?
Busier than ever with a long list of civic
and community activities in the Deaf
Community. And on the side he owns rental
houses that he is his own landlord, repairman
and rental manager. While he gets retirement
checks every month, is he able to live on only
the rental income? He said yes! Something
very admirable.

 

– messing up a school board meeting

In Dearborn, Michigan, the school board opened its
meeting with an agenda to discuss. The deaf program
was not on the agenda. This meeting was interrupted
by a large group of angry parents of deaf children
that crashed the room uninvited. They were angry
because the board wanted to close the deaf program.
The room was so crowded that everyone had to stand.
For nearly three hours, parent after parent took
turns explaining to the board how important the
deaf program was to their children. Could this
happen in Congress or in State Houses? No, but
it happened in Dearborn.

 

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2015/04/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 13, 2015

– a pharmacy delivery service discriminates against deaf

The Lloyds Pharmacy in Exmouth, a small Australian town,
delivers prescriptions for its patients. This pharmacy
has a rule – that patients must show up at the door
to meet the delivery person. This town has a deaf woman.
And if she does not show up, she cannot receive
her medicine. The pharmacy would not leave the medicine
on the door stop or in the mail box. Her family is very
upset about it, and have demanded action.

 

– a deaf-blind interpreting frustration

A deaf-blind man attended an event, expecting
an interpreter that would use his hands on the
deaf-blind’s hands. Instead the interpreter
used his hands on the deaf-blind man’s face and
body. As a result, the event was ruined.
The interpreter thought that if this face and
body method worked with another deaf-blind person,
it would also work with all deaf-blind people!
Not true – same thing as ASL being useless for
deaf people who communicate differently.

 
– deaf wins an unusual animal race

The Great Llama Race took part at the World’s Fair
Park in Knoxville. Just like a horse race, the rider
with the fastest llama wins the race. Students from
local schools took part in the race. The race winner
was a team from Tennessee School for the Deaf, and
the school received a nice cash prize.

 

 

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One of Davideo’s projects is the comic strip, THE OLD FOGEYS. This strip focuses on tongue-in-cheek comedy, representing a revival of the old classic humor of days gone past combined with today’s Deaf Issues and Deaf Concerns. Email: DAVIDEO@satx.rr.com Web: http://www.davideo.tv