2014/12/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 18, 2014

– reason for some web sites not deaf-friendly

Why are some websites friendly to the deaf
while others are not? If a web site is from
a store or a shop, it must follow ADA rules
on captions. But if a web site is without
a store, then it may not always follow the
ADA rules. A perfect example is Netflix
which has no video stores! This is why the
FCC and the ADA people are trying to fix it now.

 

– a rare picture of a whale

It is very difficult for scuba divers to take
pictures of gray whales. These whales swim far
out in the ocean, not near the beaches. One gray
whale did and the picture was taken by scuba diver
Chanon Hiatt. He is deaf. He took it on his 625th
scuba dive! He was lucky to see a gray whale
swimming around, and immediately grabbed his camera.
It took place in Redondo Beach, CA. The officers
of the Pacific Whale Watch Association were
shocked by this picture.

 

– most expensive deaf book in the world

What is the most expensive Deaf Book in the
world? It is the book titled “Granville
Redmond” and the price is $600.00. Why is it
so expensive? Possibly because there is only
one book remaining in the world. It is an old
book, not a new book! Who is Granville Redmond?
He was deaf, from California School for the Deaf
at Berkeley and died in 1935. He was famous
for being one of the world’s best artists and
for acting with Charlie Chaplin in a few movies.
One such movie was City Lights.

 
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2014/12/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 17, 2014

– a video of a deaf club

A video was posted on the Youtube about the Austin
Association of the Deaf. It was mostly narrated by
club president Jo Bienvenu, explaining that while
her club thrives, there is a worry about its role
in Deaf Culture. Jo sees many young deaf people
in Austin that do not attend events at the club
While many clubs closed up, there are a few
thriving deaf clubs – such as Pittsburgh Association
of the Deaf and the Buffalo Club of the Deaf. And
speaking of the Buffalo Club, the club locations,
past and present, are unusual:

http://deafdigest.com/buffalo-club-of-the-deaf/

(as a young man, DeafDigest editor wanted to play
softball, and joined the Long Island Club for the
Deaf team. It was his first real introduction into
Deaf Culture. Sadly, this club no longer exists)

 

– a surprise about deaf and hearing brothers/sisters

Many deaf children grow up in families of hearing parents
and hearing brothers/sisters. What is a big surprise
about it? That they, at home, don’t realize the deafness
of a family member. It is only when the family is outside
- like a restaurant, a family wedding, a family picnic, that
they realize a family member is deaf! Says who? Says
Barbara Ray, who wrote a dissertation about it at the
University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

 

 

– another video of a deaf wedding

The wedding of Duncan McKenzie and Nesta Holgate was
filmed. This film attracted very strong interest in
the deaf community. There really was nothing so special
about the couple. Why the interest? It was a wedding
that took place in 1940 in Yorkshire, a British town.
Someone filmed it and forgot all about it for years.
Only recently, someone discovered the film and had it
converted to a video for a Youtube posting. What
became of Duncan and Nesta? They had their ups and
downs but the marriage survived until death. They
had a son, but he was taken away for adoption
for reasons no one knows why!

 

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2014/12/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2014

 
– a lucky deaf shopper at a supermarket

Vanya Tyndall, a deaf woman of Lakeland, Florida,
was standing in the checkout line at the Winn-Dixie
supermarket. Suddenly a hearing man came to her and
gave her a $100.00 gift card. That hearing man was
the CEO of a big bank in Lakeland and he wanted to
make Holiday Season happy for everyone.

 

– a deaf school graduate┬ámay get a rare job

Dexter Young, who just graduated from Tennessee School for
the Deaf, has completed a course in Certified Nursing
Assistant. He is hoping to pass the state exam and get
a job in a hospital as a nursing assistant. He would
assist the regular nurse with health care needs of patients.
It is rare for a young deaf person to seek employment in
that field that quick out of high school!

 

– anti-deaf police officers fired

There was a crime committed against a group of
deaf people. The police came to investigate
the crime, and did not arrest the hearing
criminals. The top court was not too happy
about it and fired these police officers.
It took place in Pakistan!

 

 

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2014/12/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 15, 2014

– a secret deaf survey with doctors’ offices

A secret “deaf person” contacted nearly 15 doctors’
offices, asking if interpreters are provided for
deaf patients. The doctors’ offices either hung
up on the phone or said no interpreter is available
or did not know where to find an interpreter, etc.
This secret survey took place in a small British
town! Not surprised if this could also happen in
small American towns where many doctors have
never had a deaf patient in their lives!

 

– sign language gestures that are insulting

The Washington Post ran a story of sign language
gestures, some of which are really insulting.
Giving examples of these insulting sign languages
was Gallaudet employee Melissa Malzkuhn. The
story will make you laugh if some of these signs
do not bother you. But if you feel easily insulted,
do not read the story.

 
– historic deaf event

North Korea, which isolates itself from the rest of
the world, just sent its national deaf soccer team
to Australia to play against their national deaf
team. The Australians were great hosts; over 3,000
fans watched the Australian Deaf-North Korean deaf
soccer game. Australia Deaf won 4-1. Will this mean
North Korea will send their deaf athletes to various
deaf international events? We will wait and see.

 

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