DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 16, 2018

— comment about deafness by Maine Highway Safety Director

Lauren Stewart, the Maine Highway Safety Director, said:

Hearing impaired people are able to obtain a driver’s license,
obviously we think they are able to drive. Those people might
not be able to hear emergency vehicle

Is she implying that deaf people should not drive?

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— captions during Broadway plays

It was learned that almost 20 Broadway theaters, in
Manhattan, are able to give deaf theatrical-lovers
play captions on their smartphones. Just a concern –
if the deaf person is busy watching the smartphone
captions, he may miss something exciting on the stage!


— full-time factory interpreter

A deaf employee in the Sikorsky Aircraft factory
in Connecticut wanted a full time interpreter. The
company said no. He filed a lawsuit. The judge is
thinking it over because the deaf employee does
not require an interpeter while he is on the job,
just for daily 10-minute staff meetings and for
occassional workshops and training sessions.
The company offered alternative solutions
such as texts, captions, note pads and
the deaf man said no.


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— noisy highways

02/11/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 15, 2018


— job safety issue – a big irony

A deaf man was not able to get a factory job.
Employers said it was a safety issue; that he must
hear to avoid danger. He finally found a job at
a health and safety services company, which tests
electrical appliances and machine instruments to
ensure compliance with safety standards! A picture
is at:


— discrimination lawsuit – Federal court or state agency?

A deaf man faced discriminationa at a personal loan
agency. They refused to give him an interpreter.
He had two choices – go to a Federal court or go to
a state agency. He decided to go to a state agency
and he won! It only took him just 47 days to get
the win. With a federal court, it would take him much
longer than 47 days! He said that ADA laws are not
that always better than state regulations.


— a hearing boss encouraging a deaf employee to visit deaf club

Years way back , a deaf woman was employed
in a clothing factory. Her boss needed more employees,
and encouraged her to socialize and make new friends
at a nearby deaf club. She was able to spread the word
that a factory needed deaf employees. That was how
her new friends got jobs. And there was a bonus
for her – finding a husband for herself!


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— professor, honest or insulting

02/11/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 14, 2018

— must bring own interpreter

In Brazil, deaf people arrested by the police
have no access to interpreters. They must
bring their own interpreter! A picture
is at:




— good reason to become Uber driver

A deaf woman witnessed a drunken driving accident.
She then decided to become an Uber driver for
one reason – to take drunk drivers off the
road and to bring them home safely. She admits
that it is difficult to communicate with hearing
passengers while she is driving.




— long forgotten deaf scene in a early 1980’s TV sitcom

Famous actor Tom Hanks performed in an early 1980’s
TV sitcom – Bosom Buddies. There was a scene where
his buddy mocked a deaf girl in high school when
she asked him to go to the prom with her. The
deaf girl, growing up as a woman, completely forgot
all about the snub. But the buddy (not Tom Hanks)
never forgave himself for mocking her – years ago.
DeafDigest assumes the deaf woman was played by a
fake-deaf actress.




Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— lipreader, not belonging and isolated

02/11/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 13, 2018


— angry Ozzy Osbourne attacks the deaf

Ozzy Osbourne is a well known, but wild rocker.
He is also controversial. During one past concert
he saw a group of people not dancing to his
music. Angry, he turned a bucket of water on them.
He did not realize the group was deaf. Did his
anger prevent him from observing the deaf group
closely – to see that they were using sign
language to communicate with each other?

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— hiring the deaf, Microsoft’s different way

It helps that Jenny Lay-Flurrie, who is deaf, is
Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer. Instead of
just interviewing a deaf applicant just for a few
minutes, without knowing more in depth about
that person, Microsoft works differently. This
company will study and review the deaf applicant
for several weeks before deciding to hire or
not to hire. It always happens that in a short
interview the hearing person is hired – and
the company regrets the hire for years to come!


— deaf getting involved in music

Sean Forbes is well known in the Deaf Community
as the Deaf Rocker. How did he get involved
with music, which is not an easy skill for the
deaf to learn and to master? Simple – he grew
up in a musical family, learned all he needed
to know about music from his musician parents!


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— jobs, hard to get

02/11/18 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 12, 2018


– Short film; oral vs sign language

A short film, 20-minutes long, is being shown.
Title is “The Silent Child” and it features
mother versus sign language tutor. Mother
wants her deaf child to learn to speak;
tutor wants the deaf child to learn signs.

A picture is at:


— ADA plus something else

ADA is not the only one that protects our captioning
rights. There is another one – The United States Access
Board re-wrote the Section 5-8 rules to require captions
on videos that go through smartphones, cameras and
computers. So, we have ADA and also Section 508.


— a way to defeat FCC anti-net neutrality rules

The FCC ordered the removal of net neutrality. This would mean
higher costs for deaf people that could least afford it.
It was learned that states may ignore FCC and make direct
contact with internet providers, making them promise that they
won’t slow down the internet traffic and to keep costs down.
Will it work? Some say it will; some say it won’t.


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Language rights, deaf children

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