2014/07/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2014

 
– an ugly deaf incident in San Diego

The Comic-Con convention took place in San Diego.
It is for fans of comics that play out their
fantasties. The key event is the outdoors Zombie
Walk where costumed people have fun. But they
crowded the intersection, blocking a car with
a deaf family in it. No cops were around to handle
the parade traffic. The deaf driver honked his horn;
suddenly the Zombie Walkers jumped on the car hood.
The frightened deaf family felt threatened, and
sped away, accidentally hit a woman. The police now
is trying to sort it all out. For that reason, the
daily Zombie Walks were canceled.

 
– an employer hires the deaf for a big reason

ULTRA Testing is a software company. They want to hire
the disabled (the deaf, the blind and the autistic).
Sympathy? No. They say the blind hear things better
than the non-blind. They say the autistic are often
smarter than the non-autistic. The deaf? They say
deaf see things better than the hearing!

 

– Gallaudet in a Switched at Birth TV plot!

The Switched at Birth’s Isn’t What You Think
episode on TV has a Gallaudet plot. Gallaudet
has accepted Daphne Vasquez for admission.
Her father was not very happy about it, preferring
that she enroll at Northwestern University for
its pre-med program. DeafDigest wonders if the
Switched at Birth writers do not realize that
Biology is one of Gallaudet’s strongest
departments!

 

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2014/07/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2014

 

– a young deaf woman gets a sweet revenge

17-year old Princess Pura is a deaf Filipino woman.
Yes, Princess is her first name. She entered a local
pageant for the first time. Nervous, she made some
mistakes on the stage, and the crowd booed her. Not
giving up, she entered the next pageant and qualified
for the final pageant – the “Queen of the Philippines.”
That she was able to enter this final pageant after
being booed for the first time has become her sweetest
revenge! The pageant people are already excited about her.

 

– Sorenson’s owners have filed bankruptcy

Some months ago, Sorenson seemed to have escaped
bankruptcy, and we thought things were looking up
for this relay provider. It was just learned that
Sorenson’s two co-owners – GTCR LLC and Madison
Dearborn, both Chicago private equity companies,
have filed bankruptcy, saying Sorenson’s heavy
debt is killing them ($1.28 billion in debt
payable February 2015). What will happen to
Sorenson? We do not know.

 
– homework to help the deaf during a convention

This week there is a convention of the National Court
Reporters Association that is taking place in
San Francisco. These conventioners are captioners
and CART operators. It may be very possible that some
of the realtime TV programs you are watching this
week have been captioned by these conventioners,
using their own captioning equipment in their hotel
rooms! Some of them work between convention workshops,
panels and social events. This is homework.

 

 

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2014/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2014

 

 

– probably the rarest deaf event in history!

an extremely rare deaf event took place, possibly
the first time. Two deaf sisters, both pregnant,
gave births within few hours of each other – at
the same hospital! It happened at the Union Hospital.
Interpreters? Yes, two separate groups of interpreters
were hired for this once-in-a-lifetime event. No way
would one interpreter be traveling back and forth
between both sisters’ beds and their doctors.

 

 
– yes captions and no captions

going on right now is the Commonwealth Games, which is
like “Britishlympics” involving about 70 nations related
to Great Britain – Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc. It is a big
event that holds high interest among sports-lovers
in the Commonwealth nations. These games are being
televised. Captions for the deaf? In Scotland, the
deaf are very happy because there are captions.
In New Zealand, the deaf are very unhappy because
of no captions. Not sure why couldn’t these captions
be shared with all 70 English speaking nations instead
of just a few lucky British-speaking nations?

 

 

– many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting

many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
Why? Many reasons – many deaf patients are not good
with sign language; slow internet connection; poor
picture on the screen; one can only see faces on the
screen, not full body; many hospital engineers do not
know how to fix video problems; VRI is disconnected
while waiting for doctor’s review of medical tests;
when doctor comes back, the video is turned on only
to find a new and different interpreter; many VRI
interpreters do not know medical signs; etc. What
is the best solution – real interpreter in person!

 

 
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2014/07/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2014

 
– a surprise deaf Mixed Martial Arts fighter

Adams Evans is a deaf British Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
After many years of participation in judo and in boxing,
he became a MMA fighter three years ago. Since then he has
won all of his MMA fights. He also was just offered a contract
with Fusion Fighting Championships, which is England’s biggest
MMA company. There is a big surprise about it. What is the
surprise? Adams is 42 years old, already an old man in a
young man’s sport!

 

 
– a strange comment by past Miss America Heather Whitestone

A web newspaper today made a list of strange comments by
famous people. When Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, won
the Miss America 1995 pageant, a newspaper reporter asked
her this question:

If you could live forever, would you and why?

Her response was this:

I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,
because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live
forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not
live forever

 

 

– sign language in a comic book

The issue #19 of the Hawkeye comic book, coming soon on July 30,
is having main character Clint Barton communicate in sign language.
Because of battles for justice, Clint was so badly beaten up that
he became deaf. As a result, he had to learn and to use sign
language. Very easy to draw a comic strip with sign language?
No, says writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. It was a big
challenge for them. Anyway do buy the comic book on July 30th.

 
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