2019/05/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 21, 2019

— Russia’s top deaf thief continues with detention

Valery Rukhledev, the past president of the Deaflympics
governing body as well as the past president of the
All-Russian Society of the Deaf, was sentenced to
house arrest last year for stealing nearly one
million dollars. Because he has not followed
the conditions of his house arrest, the Moscow
City Court has ordered that his detention be
continued.

 

— the robot cop and the deaf driver

A new robot is being built to function as a
robo-cop. When there is a traffic stop, the
robo-cop will approach the driver and go
from there. Operating the robo-cop is the
real cop, sitting in the police car.
Hopefully this would stop the senseless
shootings that take place during traffic
stops. A big concern is the deaf driver.
What would the robo-cop do with the
stopped deaf driver? We shall wait and
see.

 

 

— a deaf man was in combat during World War I

From time to time there are efforts in USA to
have the Department of Defense to allow the
deaf to serve in the military forces. Howard
Lloyd, a young deaf man, fought in World
War I and was involved in combat – sneaking
behind the enemy lines. He signed up for the
military in Canada and was turned down.
He somehow was able to enroll – details
are murky but it seems that the Canadian
military left did not know what the
military right was doing – and so, fell
through the cracks! His combat work
took place in France. He was wounded
once but suffered no ill effects and lived
a long life in Canada.

 

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2019/05/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – May 20, 2019

— a dead profession that employed many deaf people

There was a story of a dead profession that employed
many deaf people – the newspaper press. Years ago
everyone read the newspapers (no texts, no emails,
no social media, no nothing). Anyway it said some
of these hearing pressmen knew some sign language
in order to communicate with the deaf pressmen.
No more!

 

— a Dummy Hoy tale

Dummy Hoy had a long major league career including
several seasons with the old Washington (DC) team.
In the 1888 and 1889 seasons with the Washington
team, one of his teammates was Hank O’Day. Hank
was a Coda, and knew sign language. Baseball
historians have assumed that Dummy and Hank were
“best friends” with the team in these two seasons!

 

— great attitude vs anti-discrimination laws

Many hearing people are afraid of the deaf.
As a result, deaf people face discrimination
every day. Mark Medoff wrote the play
“Children of a Lesser God,” even though he
knew nothing about the deaf and of deafness
at that time! The first deaf person he met
was deaf actress Phyllis Frelich. Within
20 minutes of the introduction, he
decided to write a play about the deaf.
If we had many million Mark Medoffs,
there would be no discrimination and
the ADA laws would have been unnecessary!
Unfortunately this is not realistic and
as a result we have these ADA laws.

 

 

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