DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2016

— deaf has a best way to show cops

In Michigan, there is a new communications card that tells the cops
how to communicate with the deaf. The card has two sides –
one side tells the cops the person is deaf and has icons
(Interpreter, Texting, No lip-read, etc) that the deaf
person can point to. The other side has icons for the
cops to point to (license, insurance card, registration
card, etc). Is it perfect? Hope so because different
agencies agreed with the design. A picture is at:



— Hot Sauce competitor

The 2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo 2016 ended last
week. One of the competing hot sauce makers is Rasool,
who is deaf. High River Sauces, the host of this expo,
received over 100 entries, some from Panama, Australia,
New Zealand and Mexico. Not every one can enter the
competition, as the cut-off number of entries is 36.
It shows how serious the hot sauce competition is,
hence a great honor for a deaf competitor to be entered.


— not enough

A deaf person was arrested in Minnesota. He asked for
an interpreter; the cops refused to get him an
interpreter, but communicated with him through
notepad and pen. The judge said notepad and pen
is not enough, and that he must be given an
interpreter, and awarded him $30,000. This
$30,000 is really a joke because half of it
goes to his attorney!


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— CIA officer, deaf

06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


Often teachers and interpreters talk about the deaf
student – behind the deaf student’s back.
Deaf students see it happen all the time and they
hate it.
If the teacher and the interpreter has to talk
about the deaf student, they should talk in private
not behind the student’s back.
This is bad manners that teachers and interpreters
not aware of!


Is everything against the ASL deaf? We
are talking about CI people, oral people,
Cued Speech people, Signing Essential
English people, lip-reading people, etc?
What does this say? That non-ASL
deaf people have their own serious problems
and try to attack the ASL deaf!


For the deaf parents, a Deaf House is very
They can see what their children are doing
(jumping, running around, banging on tables,
fighting with each other, etc).
Hearing parents can hear. Deaf parents
can’t hear. This is the reason for the
Deaf House!


Is ASL used by the deaf at deaf schools better
than ASL used by the deaf at mainstreamed programs?
Many deaf people would say yes, deaf school ASL
is better.
Not always true. There are many deaf school
students that don’t sign well and there are also
mainstreamed students that sign ASL beautifully!
Do not always assume one ASL is better than other.


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 24, 2016

— a bear on deaf school campus

Bears are everywhere, and not just always in the
woods. One such bear strayed on the campus of
the Kentucky School for the Deaf. Danville people
were alarmed. Fortunately, the bear went back
to the woods. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife
said the bear was just looking for “free food” and
finding none, went back “home”! A picture is at:



— Deaf British Brexit Fear

The Brits voted for Brexit. What is the Deaf
British Brexit Fear? That the new European
Accessibility Act will not apply to them.
This act promises full sign language rights
for the European deaf. What will the
British government do with it? Will
the government ignore it or support it?
We will not know for the next 2-3 years
until the British government makes up its


— Bad, bad Chicago law

Chicago had a law that banned disabled people
from walking on the city streets. This
law also included the deaf. A joke? No,
in 1881, alderman James Peevey proposed
this law and it passed. For 93 years this
law continued on the books – until it
was repealed in 1974! Did the cops
really enforce the law to block the
deaf from using the sidewalks? No.
At least one less law insulting the
deaf has been removed.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Bell vs Edison

06/19/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 23, 2016

— Deaf Art: Deaf Hands

In the early eighties, the NAD commissioned deaf portrait
artist William Sparks to do a painting of late deaf leader
Frederick C. Schreiber. One of the first things Sparks asked
for were pictures of Schreiber’s hands, saying it was
the key to the planned portrait. Hands? Well, there was
a story today of Jennifer Nelson, Gallaudet professor of
English, who is doing a summer residence-in-training in
Deaf Art in Minnesota. She said the same thing that Sparks
said years ago – Hands are important to deaf people. A
picture is at:



— the hearing car salesman was a jerk

This is a true story. A deaf man entered an automobile
dealership, looking to buy a new car. The deaf man
agreed on the price of the new car and was ready to
sign papers. The salesman led the deaf man to the
office of the sales manager. The salesman who liked
to joke around, said something innapropriate about
the deaf, thinking the deaf man wasn’t watching him.
The deaf man saw the sales manager’s weird body
language (in reaction to the inappropriate joke),
suddenly turned his head and lipread these words.
What happened? The deaf man walked out, without
signing papers – and the salesman lost his sale!


— hiring only the deaf

Todd Hubbard is a deaf architect in Louisiana,
owning his own archictural firm. He works
with metal structures in buildings and houses,
and is currently working on a restaurant building.
His policy is simple – hire the deaf. If they
want to work hard, he will hire them.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— library fingerprinting, deaf publications

06/19/16 Blue and Gold editions at: