2017/09/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 19, 2017

 

— a deaf woman on The Undateables TV program

The Undateables is a popular reality TV program
in Great Britain. Pretty much the same theme
as some of these “boy meets girl” TV programs
in USA. Anyway, Kaia, a young deaf woman with
great cooking skills, was introduced to a young
hearing man on a first date. He made it a point
to learn simple signs such as “Nice to meet you”
in an effort to win her heart. While his signing
was awkward and clumsy, Kaia was thrilled that
he tried to use signs to reach out to her.
Will this lead to second and third dates and
so on? We don’t know yet. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-british-woman-on-dating-reality-tv-program/

 

— Lyft is helping deaf drivers

Lyft is locked into a bitter competition with
Uber. And Lyft is coming up with ideas that
will be helping deaf drivers.

New ideas are:
— flashing lights on text phones and flashlight
— app that says “New Ride”
— auto text to tell hearing passengers that driver is deaf
— sign language tutorial “hello” and “thank you”

When will these come into deaf Lyft cars? Not right now
but soon.

 

— an useless interpreter

A deaf woman attends classes at one of these southwestern
universities. Her major is English and she is a senior.
She never uses interpreters for one reason – she does
not know how to sign. She said she is trying to learn
how to sign – but there is no one on the campus for
her to learn and to practice with. It was written up
for a story in the campus newspaper. Is she happy
or unhappy at the university? This issue was not
brought up in the story.

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
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9/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
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2017/09/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 18, 2017

 

— deaf driver and blind passenger

A deaf Uber driver picked up a blind passenger.
At first communication was awkward, as the blind
passenger realized the driver was deaf. What
helped were these apps (VoiceOver iOS, Android
TalkBack and wireless braille display). At
the end of the ride, both men shook hands.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/uber-communications/

 

— learning how to look for lost deaf hikers

Many deaf people like to hike through the hills
and the mountains. Just like hearing hikers, a
few deaf hikers get lost, requiring a search
group. Law enforcement officers from 12
different agencies in Utah and Arizona
had a workshop to learn how to find lost
deaf hikers. Two deaf actors were hired to
play the role of lost deaf hikers!

 

— a deaf crook in Great Britain

A deaf man, a house builder in Great Britain,
is a crook. He took money for home improvement
jobs that he never completed. He said:

The courts can’t do anything to me because I’m
deaf. I’m too clever for them.

 

DeafDigest hopes he will be arrested and
brought to justice some day soon.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— defining a hard of hearing person (simple explnation)
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 15, 2017

 

— insurance company starts video relay service

An insurance company has started a video relay service
for the deaf. Sorry, it is not Geico. It is Sompo
Insurance Inc – in Japan! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/insurance-video-relay-service-needed/

 

 

— rare politician that actually helps the deaf

Kevin Dumas, not deaf, is campaigning to become the
mayor of Attleboro, MA. In a newspaper letter to
the editor, a deaf writer praised Dumas, saying he
introduced himself to him. After that:

— Dumas ordered city public works to plow the snow
off the deaf person’s home driveway

— the deaf person was injured in a fall in front
of his house; Dumas immediately sent an ambulance

— a flood came in front of the deaf person’s house;
Dumas sent public works people to install a sewer
drain in front of the house

Many mayors give false promises to the deaf; Dumas
didn’t!

 

— free captioned-movies online service is convicted

The Undertexter, an online service which offers
free movie captions for viewing, has been
convicted of copyright violations. Hollywood filed
a legal lawsuit in 2013 against Undertexter.
Four years later, a court in Sweden ruled
Undertexter guilty. The Undertexter CEO thought
he wasn’t doing any crime, but the Swedish
court disagreed. Undertexter is now out of
business.

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Branch Office, National Association of the Deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/10/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/