DeafDigest Gold – July 22, 2018

DeafDigest Gold – July 22, 2018
Gold Edition – updated every Monday
Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 22nd year


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 20, 2018


— The Alexa and the deaf

Hearing people love using Alexa. The Alexa people are
saying it will work with the deaf. Here are two
headlines in today’s different press releases
that contradict each other:

bad headline
Why some accents don’t work on Alexa

good headline
Alexa can now have a conversation with members of the deaf community

If Alexa is supposed to read sign language; there are many
different signs for one word. As an example there are as
many half dozen signs for the word “football” and no
way Alexa would know them all! A picture is at:


— different location for a deaf social club

Deaf social clubs are dying. Deaf people to to
Starbucks on a weekly basis, and it has become
their own Deaf Social Club. Here is another
different location – the Edgewater Branch
of the Chicago Public Library system.
Deaf people meet there on a regular basis
to play games and to socialize with each other.


— giving back to the Deaf Community

Do we have famous deaf people that give back to
the Deaf Community? Marlee Matlin does. She
gives back to deaf charities a portion of
her merchandise and apparel sales.



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf Community, redlining

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 19, 2018


— all-ASL Starbucks few blocks away from Gallaudet

there was a newspaper announcement about an
all-ASL Starbucks a 15-minute walk away from Gallaudet.
It will be on H Street, NE. Great? Hope so?
Parking is very tight in that area. Deaf people who
live in the Washington, DC city limits but not near
H Street NE, may be hesitant to drive over and
struggle for parking spots, just for a quick
grab of coffee! DeafDigest editor lives in Washington,
DC where there are as many as half-dozen Starbucks
within easy walking distance! Anyway there was a coffee
place located across the street from Gallaudet. It
only lasted two months. Next ASL-Starbucks where?
Across the street from NTID in Rochester, NY? A
picture is at:


— negative trend about deaf characters in movies

An article today said that this year there were
two movies that placed the deaf in a negative
way. These movies treated the deaf as a burden
instead of being loved members of the family.
These two movies are – A Quiet Place and
Unfriended: Dark Web. Do we want to watch
deaf movies that make us feel good instead
of feeling badly?


— Deaf and Speed Chess

Do deaf people play speed chess? It is different
from regular chess, where players take their time
to make their moves. In speed chess, moves are
made within few seconds. An announcement from the
International Chess Committee of the Deaf said
that the World Deaf Blitz Chess Championship
took place this week in Machester, Great


Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cocktail invented by deaf bartender

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:



— opportunities for deaf writer, content editor and
international signs signer

go to:

and scroll down until you see
Opportunities at H3 World TV




DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 18, 2018


— famous deaf woman told she should not find a job

One of the most famous deaf women is Regina Hughes, who passed
away in 1993. She was a famed illustrator of botany and plants.
The Smithsonian Institution named two plants after her.
As a young woman, she was looking for a job after
graduation from Gallaudet in 1918. Nebraska senator
Filbert Hichcock was a friend of her family. He told her,
but with a hint of her deafness:

nice girls don’t work. You go home and stay with your
papa and meet a nice man and he’ll take care of you.

Of course, she refused to listen to this advice.
A picture is at:


— Hospital VRI rules

A group of hospitals and health centers in Kansas has these
VRI rules – deaf patient has the right to refuse VRI; once
a deaf patient enters a hospital, the VRI cannot be used;
VRI appointments must be interpreted only by one of the
health center interpreters; VRI can be used for last-minute
appointments and during bad weather; a local interpreting
agency knows that not all VRI appointments are good idea.



— reason Hollywood really don’t want deaf actors

There is a reason Hollywood don’t want deaf actors.
Is Hollywood anti-deaf? No. They are afraid that hearing
people won’t watch movies if deaf actors are cast.
Yes, we have few deaf actors that are successful,
but most deaf actors struggle to find roles.



Deaf jobs – latest update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf scientist forced change in conference presentations

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:



— Check out the new post about how trauma can change you
on HealthBridges

HealthBridges is a website to learn about behavioral health
and social service resources for Deaf, DeafBlind and
Hard of Hearing People

Happy Summer 🙂
The HealthBridges Team