2014/04/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2014

 

– Time magazine’s choice as most influential deaf person

The Time Magazine has come up with its annual list of
100 most influential people in the world. One deaf
person on the list is surprising – Super Bowl player
Derrick Coleman! Is he more influential than Marlee
Matlin or the NAD CEO or the Gallaudet president
or the NTID director? The playing career of a typical
NFL player is short. These players could be cut or
injured. This is not to say that Derrick will be
cut or injured – but we can never know!

 

– Marlee Matlin understands cops better than us

If you discuss police stuff with Marlee Matlin, you
will realize one thing – that she understands much more
about cops than any of us! Why? Because her husband
is a police officer. This was the point Marlee was
trying to explain in a recent video that was produced
by the American Civil Liberties Union. This video was
to explain to us what are our rights in case the police
stop and/or arrest us!

 

– a nurse that was cruel to the deaf

Nurses are supposed to be understanding when dealing with
deaf patients. Christopher Cooper, a male British
nurse wasn’t. When a deaf employee passed him in the
hallways, he would cover his mouth and say something
very inappropriate with her. With a deaf patient that
wanted a TV set, he would mock interpreters on the
screen. He would also bully other deaf employees.
He was brought up for a disciplinary hearing and
was fired, his 25-year career with the hospital
down the drain.

 

 

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2014/04/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2014

 

 

– a judge insults a deaf psychologist in email

Minnesota judge Terrence Walters is in big trouble
with the state Board on Judicial Standards for many
reasons. One big reason was that he sent an email,
which insulted a deaf psychologist that was appointed
to evaluate a deaf client. He accused the deaf
psychologist of not honestly evaluating the deaf client.
This psychologist was so angry about that accusation
that she withdrew from the case and told the state
about the judge’s misconduct. As a result, the judge
could be fired.

 

– a deaf actor in a popular TV drama thriller

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor
with a growing list of acting credits (TV, movie,
stage) to his portfolio. He appeared on a TV drama
- the Rooster Prince, as the Mr. Wrench character
working with Mr. Numbers on a TV plot. This segment
is “The Rooster Prince” which in the Fargo program
that is shown Tuesday nights on the FX cable TV
network. Because of Mr. Wrench’s deafness,
Mr. Numbers had to be an interpreter throughout the
TV plot. People said this program was weird.

 

– April 30th is most important day for our captions

April 30th is the day when the TV industry must follow
new and strict FCC rules on captions. The captions
must be accurate, arrive at the same time with each
new voice dialogue, must be complete (no censorship)
and shall not block the graphics. The TV industry
will not like it but they have no choice because
of possible big fines for violations.

 

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2014/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2014

 

– millions of hearing people thank subtitles

Many hearing people hate captions and subtitles. But last
night millions of hearing people thanked subtitles!
A popular British TV program “Jamaica Inn” had voice and
audio problems. They could not hear the conversations
and music – there was so much buzzing and so much static.
What did they do? They turned on the subtitles – and were
able to enjoy the program. Hopefully these hearing people
understand how important captions and subtitles are to us.

 

– special shoes for the deaf-blind?

In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, there was an exhibit
of future devices and inventions. One such invention was
a special pair of shoes for the blind (hearing). It has
an attached ultrasound device. It helps alert hearing
blind walkers to obstacles while they walk with their
canes. What about vibrating pair of shoes for the
deaf-blind while they walk?

 
– cops hate hate deaf vendors?

Wenzhou is a Chinese city of about 3,000,000 people.
The cops in Wenzhou have a bad reputation for roughing
up the street vendors, which sell everything – food,
clothes, shoes, pots and pans, etc. One deaf vendor
refused to leave the area when the cops told him to
move out. As a result, they beat him up so badly that
he had to be hospitalized. The cops knew he was deaf
but it didn’t matter to them.

 

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2014/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2014

 

– a deaf athlete and a business sponsor

We have few deaf professional athletes. Most of them
don’t get sponsorship deals, except for Derrick
Coleman’s Duracell hearing aid batteries deal. The
Florida Marine Raiders, a professional indoor football
team (Lakeland, FL) has a deaf player – Munir
Muwwakkill. The Healthy Hearing & Balance Clinic is
a team sponsor. Audiologist T. L. Schneider owns this
business, which has worked with deaf children. An
event is planned next month to feature the team, the
deaf player, the business, and the deaf community.
Speaking of Muwwakkill, he is big – 6’3 and 335 lbs,
and played football at Western Kentucky University
and for 7-8 years with different indoor football teams.

 

– a newspaper’s best subscription salesperson

Arif Begum is a young deaf man, in his twenties. He wanted to
find a good job but no one wanted to hire him because of his
deafness. But a newspaper hired him – to sell subscriptions.
Almost immediately, he was the best salesperson in his
sales group; his sales are double of other salespeople.
He cannot speak, so how could he sell subscriptions? He uses
the social media to reach potential customers, resulting in
sales. Where is the newspaper? In Kashmir, a small nation,
located between India and Pakistan.

 

– airport’s deaf actors

Deaf actors performing at a big airport? Sort of, but not really,
but important! Oregon’s Portland International Airport will be
rehearsing a mock disaster scene next month. They need deaf
actors to play victim roles so emergency responders (police,
firemen, EMT’s) will know what to do and how to communicate
with them. These deaf actors are volunteers, not professionals.

 
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