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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 15, 2019


— more on the lawsuit against cities

Yesterday’s DeafDigest news said that more cities
are shuting down their streaming videos because
of high costs of captions. It was learned today
that over 50 cities on Florida have been slapped
with closed captioning lawsuits – all filed by
one deaf person! DeafDigest is worried that
excessive enforcement of ADA regulations may
come back to haunt us.


— ASL signs dialect hard to understand

There was a newspaper story about accents and dialects
in Philadelphia, which also said sign language can be
difficult to follow. This is correct; several times
in the past DeafDigest editor tried to follow the
sign language conversation by some deaf people in
Philadelphia. Almost impossible to follow. Just
like two deaf people conversing in French Sign
Language that DeafDigest editor observed and
could not understand!


— the hated phrase is “pilot program”

A pilot program is the same thing as a trial
basis – and it is always hated as far as
open captioned movies are concerned. The
Criterion Theatre in Bar Harbor, Maine
is offering open captioned movies as a
pilot program. What this means is when
attendance is low, the program will be
shut down – with this “I told you, open
captions is bad for business” attitude!
Maine is a fairly big state with too
many remote towns. It requires long
distance driving; movie scheduls conflict
with deaf people’s job hours; conflict
with other family plans, etc.


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 14, 2019

— it has happened to U. of California, now happening to small towns

ADA lawsuit over captions on video streams forced University of
California at Berkeley to take down all of their video streams.
It is now happening to smaller American towns for the same
reason – high costs of captions. ADA laws coming back to
haunt us?


— a puzzling newspaper obit

Donald L. “Pat” Irwin, Council Bluffs, Iowa,
departed us. The newspaper obit said:

Pat was born September 16, 1932, in Iowa City, Iowa.
He graduated from Iowa School for the Deaf in 1951,
where he excelled in basketball. Pat proudly served his
country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Serving in the Korean War? Was he very hard of hearing
as if being almost-very hearing? DeafDigest editor knows
of a graduate of 47 School for the Deaf (NYC) who said
he fought in the Korean War, but became evasive when
asked further questions.


— most human resources people do not know this rule

When human resources people interview deaf applicants,
accompanied by their interpreters, they do not know
this rule – speak directly to the deaf person and not
towards the interpreter. This rule has been broken
too many times, even if the deaf person ends up
getting the job he was looking for!



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 13, 2019


— real reason for Seattle Starbucks lawsuit

DeafDigest mentioned that deaf baristas in Seattle
filed a discrimination lawsuit against Starbucks.
It has happened too often; the boss that hired the
deaf liked their work performance and gave them
great employee reviews. This boss left; a new boss,
who apparently didn’t like the deaf, started
discriminating against them!


— a section of the law no one talks about

Many deaf people know what is ADA; they also know
what is Section 504. But how many deaf people know
about Section 1557? It is part of the Affordable
Care Act, which also does not allow discrimination
in federally-funded health care programs. If a
deaf person hires an attorney, just make sure
that attorney knows what Section 1557 is all about!


— sign-language museum tours do not help non-signing deaf

There are always stories of museems hiring sign language
tour guides to help the deaf tourists. Nothing has been
ever mentioned about deaf tourists that do not know
sign language. Not every deaf person knows sign



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 12, 2019

— Starbucks good or bad to deaf

Starbucks opened all-signing store near
Gallaudet in Washington, DC. Yet, there
was an ugly lawsuit years back about
Starbucks discriminating against the
deaf in New York. And now just this –
that Starbucks is accused of discriminating
against deaf baristas in Seattle, a city
which takes its coffee seriously. So,
Starbucks good to us or bad to us?
DeafDigest editor, by the way, loves his
Starbucks coffee.


— Super Bowl or Mannix TV program

Mannix was a popular detective TV sitcom during
the sixties and seventies. Yes, it was not captioned.
But anyway, Sanford Diamond, a deaf actor, took part
in one episode, but what a joke it was. He only
appeared on that episode for just one second. If
one blinked his eye, he would miss that deaf actor.
It is the same thing with the Super Bowl. The deaf
signer of the National Anthem was shown on the TV
for – just one second! So, Mannix or 2019 Super Bowl?


— sign language in hearing film

“Wonder” is said to be the first movie to be interpreted
in sign language. It is a fourth option to open captions,
the closed captions via devices and the special audio
assistance for hard of hearing. The credit for this
sign language innovation belongs to Nyle DiMarco, who
pushed for it.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 11, 2019

— a switch from one sign language to another

Deaf people of Iceland, until 1910, used sign language
of Denmark as their own language. Because of national
pride, these Icelandic deaf people slowly developed
their own sign language and over the years, dropped
the Danish sign language in favor of their own!


— a comment from a police dispatch center

A spokesperson from a police dispatch center

we do not automatically follow up on text 911
calls until we make sure these are not
accidental calls!


— dismissing a deaf ADA discrimination lawsuit

A judge in Louisiana dismissed a deaf ADA discrimination
lawsuit (no interpreter in a hospital stay). Reason was
that there was no proof or evidence nor paperwork by the
deaf litigant, saying that her ADA rights were violated.
The hospital legal team did provide the documents the
judge wanted.



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