2015/07/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015

 
— a cruel comment that made an employer angry

Barry Blackwell, not deaf, owns a bonsai garden
in Australia. He already had one deaf employee working
for him, who was only just average in talent and
skills. Another deaf person came in and asked for
a job. The owner was hesitant because of his
bad experience with his current deaf employee.
But one of the customers said:

you should be ashamed of yourself, employing people
like that; you are keeping real people out of a job

Very angry about that comment, Blackwell decided
to immediately hire the 2nd deaf person. This deaf
person became the best employee Blackwell has ever
had in his 30 years of owning that bonsai garden!
They both tease each other about their favorite
Australian football teams.

 

— a deaf pro wrestler identified in a lawsuit

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned a pro wrestling
lawsuit where WWE was accused of causing a
wrestler’s deafness. WWE said the wrestler had
been deaf since birth. That wrestler has been
identified as Vito “Big Vito” LoGrasso. In a
past interview Vito was quoted as saying:

I am three-quarters deaf and I’ve been that
way my whole life. I made it, I did my thing

This is the evidence that WWE plans to show
in the courtroom.

 

 

— an angry hearing columnist speaks out

Lee Duigon is an internet columnist, speaking
out on any issues. One such issue made him
angry – that some people want to create
a disabled baby on purpose! Does not matter
what disability it is, some parents want
to create it. He says it is trans-ableism,
and that is bad. He mentioned a created-deaf
baby as one of these disabiilites that these
newly borns do not deserve!

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015 morning

— a big irony with a movie

There are always movies when we see hearing actors
play fake-deaf roles. But there is a twist with
a movie produced in India. In the movie
“Guddu Rangeela”, the plot involves a
hearing actress that plays a role of a
hearing woman that plays as a hearing
character that tries to play a fake-deaf role!
It is about a kidnapping, that the hearing
character, faking her deafness, finally admits
that she is not deaf!

 

— deaf man thought dead for 67 years

A sad story. Donovan Calkins was born deaf in
Australia. His parents thought he was mentally
retarded and gave him up in 1948. Institutionalized
for all of his life, he never learned to read or
write or to communicate with other deaf people.
Only just recently the Australian social services
people tracked down his real family and had
Donovan reunited with them. The family was happy,
but shocked because for all of these years they
thought he was dead! He was never mentally
retarded, just that he never had a chance to
grow and learn normally, like with other deaf
people.

 

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2015/07/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015

— a day of shock and disappointment for the deaf of Ontario

In Ontario, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is big.
Been around for a long time. It is just like GLAD serving
the huge Los Angeles metro area and the DCARA serving
the huge San Francisco Bay area. Across the Ontario
province, CHS has 20 satellite sites to best serve
the Deaf Community. Two years ago the CEO, a deaf person,
was fired. And just right now, the new person replacing
the fired CEO is a hearing person. The knowledge of
ASL and of Deaf Culture and of deafness of that new
CEO is Total ZERO! All the more reason for the
deaf of Ontario being so upset.

 

 

— A Super Deaf Baby

Do we have a Super Deaf Baby? A newspaper headline ran like
this:

‘Profoundly deaf’ baby can now hear and speak after ‘life-changing
CI operation’

That deaf baby is just one year old. And the newspaper
says he can now hear and speak. One-year old hearing
babies are still learning how to understand sounds
and learning how to speak. Baby babbling is not exactly
the same as speaking. So, DeafDigest asks if it is a
Super Deaf Baby, supposedly better than a hearing
baby with speech and hearing?

 

 

— a pro wrestling lawsuit

WWE, a big organization in Pro Wrestling, is facing
a lawsuit. The plaintiff, apparently a former
pro wrestler, filed the lawsuit saying he became
deaf because of a head injury while wrestling.
WWE said that this wrestler has always told
people that he has been deaf since birth!
While we have a few deaf wrestlers, DeafDigest
does not know who that deaf wrestler is.

 
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015 morning

 
— rare cause of death

DeafDigest editor was looking at a list of
deaths among past Gallaudetians. One acquaintance
passed away, cause of death listed as:

CI infection

Googling up the FDA web site, the impression is that
deaths by CI infection is somewhat rare.

 
— an amazing tennis player

Michael-Angelo Gomes is a young deaf-blind British man.
He has just learned how to play tennis at a club
in Walthamstow. When he wanted to take up this
sport, his support service provider told him it
was impossible. Even though he has just enough
vision to see where the ball was going, the task
would be overwhelming. Yet, he surprised everyone
by becoming a good player!

 

 

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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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2015/07/01morning

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015 morning

 
— 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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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 29, 2015 morning

 

 

— 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 was 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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