2014/08/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 27, 2014

 
– A name for the Bison, Gallaudet’s mascot

The Gallaudet Bison, for many years, never had
a name – just the Bison. Now it has a new name -
Wilma, and it is a real-live Bison roaming
the grounds of the National Zoo (DC). Why Wilma?
To honor past Gallaudet graduate and current
member of Board of Trustees Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen.
A resident of South Africa, she serves in her
nation’s Parliament. Is the Bison deaf? Very
much doubt so! Her picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-picture-deaf-politician-wilma-newhoudt-druchen/

 

 

– Burma army beats up a deaf person

Burma is an Asian nation, near Bangladesh, India,
China, Laos and Thailand. This country has a repuation
for suppressing the basic needs of its citizens. Recently,
during a public protest, the Army told the crowd to
scatter and go home. One person didn’t – and he was
brutally beaten up. That person is deaf and would not
know the military people were barking at him. As
usual, the government didn’t care what happened.

 
– a baseball rule that hurts the deaf!

A strange baseball rule – the umpire was not permitted
to shout a strike without telling the batter first
about it. A hearing batter would hear the strike first
before the umpire shouted it out. But a deaf batter would
cause communication problems with the umpire. What rule
is it? Where is it in the rule book? Relax – this was
the rule between 1858 and 1869, before Dummy Hoy
became famous.

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2014/08/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 26, 2014

 

 

– court says no hearing aid is not a problem

A hard of hearing person was arrested and had a
court trial. This person had no hearing aid and
could not follow the courtroom proceedings. No
problem, the judge decided. He ordered the court
to give him a hearing aid for that purpose.Why
hearing aid and why not an interpreter or a CART?
Well, it was in China which does not follow ADA
regulations.

 
– three things about first deaf NFL player

Bonnie Sloan, the first deaf player in the NFL
(1973 Cardinals) was interviewed on TV. There
are three things abut him. He was a low draft choice
and was not expected to make the team. He was lucky.
The #1 draft choice was a contract holdout and missed
much of pre-season practices and games. This allowed
Bonnie to show the coaches he could play. The coaches
like him and kept him even when the #1 choice finally
joined the team. But he onlyplayed 4 games because of
an injury in the season’s opener. Due to the injury
he never again was the same player. And the coach
Don Coryell previously coached a hard of hearing QB
and knew the deaf could play.

 

 

- Amazon versus deaf; who won?

Amazon, a Giant versus the Deaf, a little woman. Yet the
Little Deaf Woman won! She wanted the Amazon to caption its
DVDs on behalf of the deaf. Amazon refused. The angry
deaf woman went to Twitter and Facebook to ask people to
blast Amazon with captioning requests. Then few famous
comedians joined the act, in favor of the deaf woman.
Amazon gave up and agreed to caption its DVDs. Where
did that happen? Not in USA, but in Scotland!

 
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2014/08/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 25, 2014

– non-ASL instructor uses trick to teach the deaf

Roileen Miller, not deaf, owns her own Miller Driving School
in Cotati, California. She has been teaching student drivers
for 35 years. She has had some deaf student drivers. How did
she teach them? She wrote up many 3 x 5 cards with simple
instructions (in few words) to show deaf drivers what to do.
Was she successful? She said almost all of her students
have passed driving tests.

– a deaf person askes South Korea and North Korea to become one Korea

Kim Hee-young, who is deaf, is a successful model in South
Korea. It is her dream to have South Korea and North Korea
become one nation. She is part of a bicycling relay team
that will travel 9,400 miles through Russia, Kazakhstan,
Mongolia and China. The theme is “One Korea, New Eurasia”.

 

– a deaf woman punished for saving her “SSDI” money

A deaf woman, from Great Britain, received “SSDI” money
for 21 years, saving it, and never spending it. The
Department of Works and Pensions found out about it
because she never declared her savings when she
received the money. In a court case, she agreed to
pay back her savings of nearly £109,397 ($182,000 in
USA funds). The attorneys were arguing over her case
and they pointed out the irony – that if she spent
the money on steaks instead of living on baked
beans, she would not have broken the law!

 

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