2014/04/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2014

 

 

– a judge insults a deaf psychologist in email

Minnesota judge Terrence Walters is in big trouble
with the state Board on Judicial Standards for many
reasons. One big reason was that he sent an email,
which insulted a deaf psychologist that was appointed
to evaluate a deaf client. He accused the deaf
psychologist of not honestly evaluating the deaf client.
This psychologist was so angry about that accusation
that she withdrew from the case and told the state
about the judge’s misconduct. As a result, the judge
could be fired.

 

– a deaf actor in a popular TV drama thriller

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor
with a growing list of acting credits (TV, movie,
stage) to his portfolio. He appeared on a TV drama
- the Rooster Prince, as the Mr. Wrench character
working with Mr. Numbers on a TV plot. This segment
is “The Rooster Prince” which in the Fargo program
that is shown Tuesday nights on the FX cable TV
network. Because of Mr. Wrench’s deafness,
Mr. Numbers had to be an interpreter throughout the
TV plot. People said this program was weird.

 

– April 30th is most important day for our captions

April 30th is the day when the TV industry must follow
new and strict FCC rules on captions. The captions
must be accurate, arrive at the same time with each
new voice dialogue, must be complete (no censorship)
and shall not block the graphics. The TV industry
will not like it but they have no choice because
of possible big fines for violations.

 

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2014/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2014

 

– millions of hearing people thank subtitles

Many hearing people hate captions and subtitles. But last
night millions of hearing people thanked subtitles!
A popular British TV program “Jamaica Inn” had voice and
audio problems. They could not hear the conversations
and music – there was so much buzzing and so much static.
What did they do? They turned on the subtitles – and were
able to enjoy the program. Hopefully these hearing people
understand how important captions and subtitles are to us.

 

– special shoes for the deaf-blind?

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there was an exhibit
of future devices and inventions. One such invention was
a special pair of shoes for the blind (hearing). It has
an attached ultrasound device. It helps alert hearing
blind walkers to obstacles while they walk with their
canes. What about vibrating pair of shoes for the
deaf-blind while they walk?

 
– cops hate hate deaf vendors?

Wenzhou is a Chinese city of about 3,000,000 people.
The cops in Wenzhou have a bad reputation for roughing
up the street vendors, which sell everything – food,
clothes, shoes, pots and pans, etc. One deaf vendor
refused to leave the area when the cops told him to
move out. As a result, they beat him up so badly that
he had to be hospitalized. The cops knew he was deaf
but it didn’t matter to them.

 

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2014/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2014

 

– a deaf athlete and a business sponsor

We have few deaf professional athletes. Most of them
don’t get sponsorship deals, except for Derrick
Coleman’s Duracell hearing aid batteries deal. The
Florida Marine Raiders, a professional indoor football
team (Lakeland, FL) has a deaf player – Munir
Muwwakkill. The Healthy Hearing & Balance Clinic is
a team sponsor. Audiologist T. L. Schneider owns this
business, which has worked with deaf children. An
event is planned next month to feature the team, the
deaf player, the business, and the deaf community.
Speaking of Muwwakkill, he is big – 6’3 and 335 lbs,
and played football at Western Kentucky University
and for 7-8 years with different indoor football teams.

 

– a newspaper’s best subscription salesperson

Arif Begum is a young deaf man, in his twenties. He wanted to
find a good job but no one wanted to hire him because of his
deafness. But a newspaper hired him – to sell subscriptions.
Almost immediately, he was the best salesperson in his
sales group; his sales are double of other salespeople.
He cannot speak, so how could he sell subscriptions? He uses
the social media to reach potential customers, resulting in
sales. Where is the newspaper? In Kashmir, a small nation,
located between India and Pakistan.

 

– airport’s deaf actors

Deaf actors performing at a big airport? Sort of, but not really,
but important! Oregon’s Portland International Airport will be
rehearsing a mock disaster scene next month. They need deaf
actors to play victim roles so emergency responders (police,
firemen, EMT’s) will know what to do and how to communicate
with them. These deaf actors are volunteers, not professionals.

 
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2014/04/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2014

– most important person in a major golf tournament

The Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament is coming
up this weekend in Duluth, Georgia. Major golf tournaments
require hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Without these
volunteers these golf tournaments will have serious problems.
The #1 volunteer at this coming tournament is Ben Barnes, who
lives in the Washington, DC area. He is deaf and has been
working the tournament for 12 years. How important is Ben?
So important that the tournament director has paid for his
airfare between Washington, DC and Duluth, GA. If you watch
the tournament on TV you will not find him – because he is
busy working behind the scenes making golfers, fans and
tournament officials happy!

 

 

– best deaf people of art & culture in USA to get together

People of Culture, both deaf and hearing, dream of residency
opportunities. This is where they get together to discuss,
share and create new ideas in their artistic fields. This
coming June, our deaf people of Culture – dancer Antoine Hunter,
novelist Bex Freund, playwright Raymond Luczak, sculptor Jeremy
Quiroga and literature scholar Rachel Mazique (past Miss NAD)
will meet up during the Deaf Artists Residency Program in Red
Wing, Minnesota. A grant from The National Endowment for the
Arts has made this gathering possible.

 

 

– two most hated words among the deaf

What are the two most hated words that we, the deaf, are
stuck with all the time? It is “never mind” – this is
what hearing people, after talking your head off, realize
you are deaf, and they say “never mind”! This issue
was brought up in a Canadian newspaper, and spread like
wildfire.

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