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One of Davideo’s projects is the comic strip, THE OLD FOGEYS. This strip focuses on tongue-in-cheek comedy, representing a revival of the old classic humor of days gone past combined with today’s Deaf Issues and Deaf Concerns. Email: Web:

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DeafDigest editor taught at a deaf school many
years ago.
The school had an assistant principal. He was
Hearing people loved him. Deaf people hated him.
Deaf principal – but two different opinions
about him?


Some deaf people wear badges that say
this word DEAF.
They want to warn hearing people that
they must communicate with notes or by
easy gestures.
Worth it? Many deaf people prefer to
be invisible!


— successful self-teacher of ASL

A hearing basketball coach knew nothing about ASL
before he was hired to coach at Gallaudet University.
Knowing communications was important in coaching,
he taught himself ASL and before not too long,
he became fairly fluent. That coach is John
Becker. He coached Gallaudet basketball for
five years before moving on. He is now the
coach of the successful University of Vermont
basketball team. A picture is at:


— unusual request for State Emergency Services

State Emergency Services (SES) is a national
Australian agency. It is like our own local EMT
services. Only recently SES was given a task
that they’ve never done before – to look for
6-year old deaf child’s lost CI. Searching
everywhere, the lost CI was found, making
this mission a success.


— a twist with the ZVRS purchase of Purple

DeafDigest announced few days ago that ZVRS
is purchasing Purple. And a twist has
surfaced. The FCC had been hot
after Purple to pay up a multi-million
dollar penalty because of illegal
billings. Just as when the ZVRS purchase
was announced, the FCC immediately
announced settlement of its case!
Was the settlement planned because of
the purchase or was the timing of
the settlement purely coincidental?
We may never knnow.




Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— History, big deaf role

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


— Survey: Have You ever been arrested or taken to prison?

Survey conducted by Dr. Gabe Lomas, Western Connecticut
State University.

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 16, 2017

— a real diverse international deaf organization

There is an international organization that has
teachers, students, mechanics, farmers, bankers,
programmers, priests, employed people, retired
people of both genders. That organization is the
Deaf Pilots Association; members are Americans,
Europeans, and Australians. There was a write up
about it in a newspaper today. A picture is at:


— breaking a world deaf travel record

The late Irwin Bosch, a New Yorker,
traveled 107 nations, probably holding
an old deaf travel record. This travel record
has been broken by deaf Englishman Tony
Giles, with 116 nations visited to his


— a room where cops take their breaks

When police officers are tired and need a few
minutes of rest, break and relaxation, they
go to their breakroom at the police station.
The breakroom at the Greenwich (CT) Police
headquarters is named the Anne Carson
Breakroom. This woman, deaf all her life,
was the one that introduced the police
to the uses and ways of the TTY machine
way back years ago. She liked the police
officers so much that she often baked
cakes for them! Not sure if it is the
only police breakroom in the world
that is named after a deaf person.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf world traveler

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 15, 2017

— a comedian insults the deaf, kicked out

Comedian Ross Browne, not deaf, got the Irish deaf and
Irish interpreters very angry. At an event, he used
gestures that were impossible to understand, making
fun of someone else. As a result, he was kicked off
the stage and ejected from the building, much to the
cheers from the audience. A picture is at:


— Purple Relay no more!

Many deaf people love Purple relay. No more!
There were rumors that something has happened
to Purple. Now this – another relay provider
(not Sorenson) has purchased Purple Relay.
It is ZVRS! Good or bad? This means we have
one less relay provider to serve us. We need
time to figure if this is really good or really
bad for us. DeafDigest hopes it is good for us.


— activist says sign language choice is political

Should we have just one sign language that can be
used everywhere by all deaf in the world? Or should
each nation use their own sign language that others
do not understand. This was an issue brought up by
an activist. As an example, Spanish is spoken by
many nations. Two Spanish speaking strangers, from
different parts of the world, can reasonably
understand each other, despite dialects. Not that
so with sign language!


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— redlining a deaf community

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 14, 2017

— union problems in Los Angeles

DeafWest is one of the top deaf acting groups in
USA. It has won national acclaim for producing
top plays. And this leads to a problem – union
rules. Union says actors must be paid for
their work. A big issue is performing in
a small theater (99 seats or under) or a bigger
theater (100 seats or higher). DeafWest is
worried that if expenses go up, because of
union rules, the future may be troubled. A
picture is at:


— a bad Coda habit

A story in one of these today’s newspapers
featured a Coda. She said that while growing
up, she was always using the telephone to
make appointments with doctors, dentists,
hairdressers, etc. And at restaurants,
placing orders for her family. One habit
she found hard to break was to continue
placing orders at restaurants even for
her hearing husband and hearing children!


— cannot hide deafness at work

A British survey said that one of every
five employees hide their disability in
the workplace. They hide to avoid being
fired or being bullied or harrassed.
This refers to hearing employees with
their own (hidden) disabilities. Deaf
employees are simply out of luck.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— airport TSA booths

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 13, 2017


— frustrated deaf people of science and technology

We have many deaf people involved in science and
technology. Many of them are frustrated because
of discrimination and communication issues.
An example – a deaf I/T man quit his job because
hearing I/T people in his office would discuss
complicated I/T issues without involving him
in the discussion. A picture is at:


— getting better and better

This week is the National Court Reporting and
Captioning Week. These professionals are
having their annual convention. When realtime
captions are getting better and better, we
thank our captioners for these captioning
improvements. Yes, there are bloopers
(that we either hate or laugh), but
there are also bloopers with other people
in other different jobs.



— hearing screening vs high risk screening

There are two kinds of early birth screenings.
One is deafness screenings only. The other
is high risk screenings, whih looks for
health issues but not deafness. In USA,
doctors look for deafness. In many other
nations, doctors look for health issues.
Advocates worry that when doctors look
for health issues, they will miss out on
deaf babies!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— accents in movies

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at: