2015/07/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015

 

— three Gallaudet finalists

Gallaudet presidential search committee has interviewed
8 semifinalists, and culled the list down to three
finalists. Who are they? The committee is not telling us,
citing confidentiality concerns. The committee, however,
has promised an announcement of the three finalists
next month. This being said, we need to be patient!

 

— an “oops” stopping of a deaf man

Giovan Giuseppe Nasti, a deaf man, was visiting
the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, with a group of
friends. Fair security people stopped them
at the entrance gate, and denied them entry.
Why? He was wearing a black and white T-shirt
with the words “No deaf – No Expo” in front.
The alarmed security thought he was a terrorist.
The T-Shirt was conveying the message that the
Fair was not accessible to the deaf! And
besides Giovan is 75 years old!

 

— arrested men not allowed to plead in court

In Kenya, a deaf man, part of a hearing group, was
arrested for assault. Taken to the court, the judge
would not allow the group to plead guilty or not
guilty. It was for one reason – the deaf man in
that group who did not understand the court
proceedings. The judge ordered an interpreter
to show up at a future date, so that all of
these men in the group could plead something!

 

 

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— the hero is a hearing aid

Christine Bowden, a deaf British woman, wears two hearing aids.
Just recently she was working in her garden, near the sea, and
heard screaming. The hearing people around her didn’t hear
these screams! Puzzled, she looked around and found a
capsized boat with several sailors waving and screaming
for assistance. She quickly alerted the Coast Guard; they
came and rescued them. These sailors owe a great deal of
thanks for her two hearing aids!

 

 

— six relay providers accusing FCC of not improving the services

The six relay providers, all of them which bitterly compete
against each other, joined forces to issue a joint
press release. They accused the FCC of preventing improvement
of deaf relay services. It was because FCC reduced the money
to be paid these providers for their relay services. Less
money means no chance to purchase better equipment, hire
better interpreters, etc. Will FCC change its mind?
No, because once FCC decides on something, that is it,
for better or for worse.

 

 

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2015/06/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2015

 

 

— a deaf woman is accused because of an assumption

Sehriban Sertkal, a deaf Turkish woman, has been formally
accused of terrorism because of street riot last October.
She was shot by police and badly injured at that time.
What made the Turkish government think she was the
suspect? The government checked the hospital records
amd learned that she was the only woman admitted
that day! She will have her day in court.

 

 

— scientist Kirk Langstrom liked to study the bats

Scientist Kirk Langstrom was said to be gifted for
his knowledge of bats, and their ability to hear
underwater sounds. He experimented with bats’
blood to help humans hear better under water.
The experiment went bad, and Kirk became deaf,
and his body became deformed! It left Kirk
very bitter about it. Fantasy? Yes, it was
part of the Batman comics. A comic book
critic said deaf Kirk is #1 on the long list
of Batman villains.

 

 

— the “great” Kanye West cannot be captioned

Kanye West gave a recent performance at Glastonbury,
in Great Britain. His language was not appropriate,
and as a result much of his songs were not
captioned. Deaf English people were not too happy
about it, because the hearing could catch every
word whereas the deaf couldn’t!

 
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2015 morning

 

— a sad hearing testing story

Just hard to believe but it is happening to one
audiological center at a hospital in southern Odisha,
India. The testing machine is broken. It has been
broken for over a month. And for some reason, it is
not being repaired. And the hospital has not ordered
a new testing machine. In the meantime, the line of
patients needing to get hearing tests gets longer
and longer.

 
— a question by a deaf Japanese person

A group of deaf Japanese people attended the recent
Hearing Loss Association of America convention.
One of them was puzzled about the CI. He asked if
the Americans have CI insurance then why some
of them need to raise funds in the first place?
He said his nation the national health care
system completely funds these implants.

 

 

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2015/06/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 29, 2015

 
— no, says a famed fertility doctor

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg is a famed Hollywood fertility
doctor. One of his patients are Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West. They wanted a baby boy, and Steinberg
worked on it. But when a deaf couple wanted a
deaf baby, Steinberg said:

No. We can’t do it because it may cause harm.
We need to do things right

 
— a crazy TV commercial about life insurance

There was a commercial on TV about life insurance.
It was about an angry deaf teenager accusing
her hearing father for allowing her to be
born deaf. She was running around, very
upset about it. The hidden message was
to urge families to purchase life insurance!
Geico? No way! It was a Thai life insurance
company showing its commercial on Thai TV
network.

 

 

— pictures of USA national deaf basketball teams

These teams will compete at the 2015 World Deaf
Basketball Championships

the USA men’s team didn’t win the past Deaflympics;
so the goal is to win the world championship this time

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— something we didn’t know about Helen Keller

Even though Helen Keller died in 1968, she continues
as one of the world’s most admired individuals. Yet
there is a dark side to her that many people don’t
know. She believed an advocate – pushing for women’s
voting rights, for birth control and for rights
of workers. While she helped set up the American
Civil Liberties Union, she was a member of two
organizations, considered radical in these days –
Socialist Party of America and Industrial Workers
of the World. She, however, was a great person.

 

 
— pictures of USA national deaf basketball teams

These teams will compete at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships

the USA men’s team didn’t win the past Deaflympics; so the goal is to
win the world championship this time

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 28, 2015 morning

 

 

— a big issue at a Texas interpreting workshop

It is always hated when a deaf person says something
or fingerspells something only to have the interrpeter
botch it up by saying differently. It has happened
one time too many over the years with DeafDigest
editor that uses an interpreter. This was the hot
issue brought up in a workshop hosted by the
exas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Services. This applies to interpreters, both
certified and not certified!

 

— a newspaper columnist scolds the FCC

Bob Dyer, a columnist with the Akron Beacon
Journal, a newspaper, ran a column that
was titled:

Is FCC serious about closed captioning?

He was referring to one Cleveland news
station that had serious real time
captioning issues, leaving deaf viewers
confused. He said that while FCC has a long
list of captioning rules and mandates,
it is not really enforced – worst thing
is just a slap on the wrist! This
columnist is correct.

 

 
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