DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 24, 2018


— communicating with the birds

Razali Bin Mohamad Habidin, who is deaf, is in charge
of birds at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. He
communicates with his birds through voice grunts,
gestures and body language. In fact he communicates
much better than other hearing bird keepers at the
bird park! And, as he admits, he does not communicate
that well with hearing people! The park curator said:

e has a way of communicating with the birds that very
few of us can that he knows if the bird is not
feeling too good

A picture is at:



— trend with ASL classes

For years ASL was taught in the classroom. This trend
has been changing slowly for the past several years –
towards learning ASL via social media. Not sure if
it is a good thing – because it is much easier to
make corrections face to face as opposed to
the social media.


— restaurant discrimination

In a subheader, the USA Today said:

anyone over age 6 likely has a “story of their own”

This refers to racism in restaurants. People of
color and race often face discrimination
in restaurants. It is also true of deaf people
dealing with discrimination issues in
restaurants. At a take-out restaurant,
the hearing person laughed very hard when
DeafDigest editor pointed to an item on
the wall menu. And as a Gallaudet student,
DeafDigest editor was part of a group that
were seated in an Italian restaurant but
totally ignored by waiters. After half hour
of waiting, the group left to go to another



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 23, 2018

— a lost Coda child

A Coda was lost in a department store. A public
announcement system asked for “lost parents”
to come to the front desk to puck up their
“lost child.” The lost child was too young
to realize, and to warn, the store staff that
the parents were deaf and couldn’t hear the
public announcement! A picture is at:



— another word for interpreter

Said an interpreter:
We are called auxiliary aides under ADA

Auxiliary has many meanings. One of them means
something that is a back up. So are interpreters
called back ups? Not so sure, because without
interpreters, the deaf people are lost!


— hearing film festivals

There are many hearing film festivals anywhere
in the world. Because of technology, film making
is much easier. Anyway, one certain deaf film
made it to 50 hearing film festivals. Did it
make it into the big screen theaters at
big movie theaters? No.



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— Australia detains perfect-speech deaf traveler

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 20, 2018


— big deaf lesson in road rage

In Nebraska, a hearing driver, into road rage, threatened
the lives of a deaf driver and his deaf wife. The angry
deaf driver caught up with him, and made gestures as
to say “slow down; relax, take it easy.” The road
rage driver, getting angrier and angrier, pulled out
his gun and shot at the deaf couple! The deaf couple
escaped the bullets. Police is now looking for the
road rage driver. If you are driving and you see a road
rage driver, stay out – and be safe. It is not worth it.
A picture is at:



— good deaf app or bad deaf app

We have many apps that are supposed to help the deaf
by telling them of captions, interpreters, deaf-friendly
places, etc. Apps are only as good as the accuracy of
volunteers that report in the information. If the
app says one theater always shows open captions,
but if that information is false, then deaf people
get angry. And there is a big rivalry between owners
of their own deaf apps!


— interpreters that stop interpreting during conversation

Deaf people hate it when interpreters stop signing during
conversation with hearing people. Discrimination?
Not in the case of Marsha Ireland, a deaf woman that
lives near London, Ontario. She is a member of the
Oneida tribe. When she is with other Oneida hearing
people and if they speak English, then the interpreter
is fine. But when the hearing people switch to the
Oneida language, the interpreter stops signing, because
of lack of knowledge of that language!



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— Codas that fake deafness

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