2014/10/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 31, 2014

– Forbes magazine scolds anti-deaf human resources manager

Important business people read the Forbes Magazine.
It is the #1 magazine with them, equal to the
Wall Street Journal. There was an article about a
NTID graduate applying for a job. The article was
titled – Hiring Managers that behave badly. The
manager did not want to hire the deaf. He went
ahead with the interview to show the world that
he does not “discriminate.” The interview was a
joke and a fake. The deaf person was not hired.
DeafDigest hopes that NTID graduate was able to
find a better job elsewhere.

 

– using an interpreter during a crime

Could a deaf robber be using an interpreter while
committing a crime? Paul Coombs, a deaf criminal
from Dundee, Scotland, broke into an apartment
to steal money from a victim. To communicate
with the victim, he used his interpreter, who
just followed him! Yes, he was arrested and
sentenced to 14 months in jail. Did the
interpreter go to jail, as an accomplice?
DeafDigest editor does not know.

 
– communicating with a robot

Could we communicate with a robot? Deaf people
entering Orchard Supply Hardware store in
San Jose, California, will be greeted by a
robot. How to communicate with a robot?
This robot has a video that could communicate
with the deaf. Since Orchard Supply Hardware
is part of the Lowe’s chain, we probably will
see robots in every store in the near future.

 

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2014/10/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 30, 2014

 
– council meeting stopped few seconds after it started

DeafDigest mentioned few times that deaf councilwoman
Marisa Salzer (Montesano, Washington) has been battling
the city council for an interpreter for council meetings.
The council refused but was forced to hire an interpreter
under orders of the Washington Human Rights Commission.
Anyway, the council meeting started with an interpreter
but it stopped immediately few seconds later. She
complained of interpreter’s bad signing skills! Council
said interpreter is qualified. She said interpreter is
not certified.

 

– a real dumb deaf criminal

Many hearing criminals are dumb, the reason why cops
find it easy to catch them. We also have a few dumb
deaf criminals. Fouad Soussi, age 20, is deaf and
is a dumb criminal. He was the top drug dealer on
the streets of West London, UK, and was caught when
he posted online of his selfies. In these selfies
he was holding up bags of drugs. The judge sentenced
him to 5 years in prison.

 
– a deaf Halloween movie

Halloween is coming up and there are many horror
movies shown on TV. What is the best Deaf Halloween
movie, and even also what is the craziest Halloween
movie? It is Deafula, written, produced and directed
by Peter Wolf, who also acted the Deafula role in 1975.

Said a critic:
movie is black and white and contains no screaming
victims and no Transylvanian accents, and it is all-ASL,
and it is strange that Deafula wears a big, plastic
clownish nose!

 

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2014/10/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 29, 2014

 

 

– Noise in a coffee cafe with deaf coffee drinkers

In Fremont, Ohio, there is noise among deaf coffee
drinkers. Noise? It actually is NOISE, which stands
for Northern Ohio Interpreting Services and Education.
NOISE is hosting this coffee event for the deaf for
the first time. Deaf and Noise?

 
– difficult to find deaf Gallaudet presidential candidates

Gallaudet has had these deaf presidents – Jordan, Davila
and Hurwitz. Easy to find a next deaf president to
replace Hurwitz who will be retiring? No. About 8
years ago there was a survey to find a deaf candidate
experienced in higher education and with a doctorate.
After looking for them in colleges all over the world,
only 27 candidates could be identified! Very possibly
in 2015, this same small pool exists.

 

– apartment landlord forbids deaf residents

Could a landlord tell deaf people they are not allowed
to reside in his apartment building? Discrimination?
Yes, but it is happening in Nampa, Idaho! There is a
lawsuit that has involved the city mayor, the apartment
landlord, the city fire marshall and the city deputy fire
marshall. This discrimination against the deaf was
revealed during this lawsuit discussions. A big mess
out there in Nampa.

 

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2014/10/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 28, 2014

 

 

– hospitals face interpreting crisis

More hospitals are aware of interpreting needs
for the deaf; they know where to find interpreters,
and are also aware that many deaf people hate
Video Remote Interpreting. Yet, there is a huge
crisis. Many interpreters do not understand
medical terms; wrong signs on medical terms could
be fatal for deaf patients. This was the issue
raised by the NPR, a news distributor.

 
– Starbucks helping the deaf

A group of deaf people filed a lawsuit, accusing
Starbucks of discriminating against the deaf.
Starbucks is denying it and is fighting the
lawsuit. Does Starbucks really help the deaf?
In Great Britain, the Starbucks Community Fund
has donated funds for a deaf advocate so that
she could give deaf awareness workshops at
local social service agencies.

 

– a game for children to measure hearing or deafness

Sound Scouts, a small Australian company, has invented
a special game for children. The game has two purposes.
First is for children to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Second is for parents and teachers to find out if
the child has a hearing loss or not. Not sure how it
works but it has something to do with children
responding to beeps that come up while playing.

 

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2014/10/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 27, 2014

 

– faked deafness in a relationship

Would a young hearing woman fake her deafness in
order to win the heart of a young hearing man?
It happened in Kodiak, Alaska and it is part
of the “My Crazy Love” TV series. It is not
known, however, if she has continued to fake
her deafness or if they are still dating
each other. Guess it happens in Alaska because
mates are hard to find, and competition is
fierce!

 
– Derrick Coleman injured while warming up

Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks, will play
no more football this season. While warming up
for the game against St Louis Cardinals, he
broke his foot. It was not football that was
dangerous to him; it was just exercising his
legs that was dangerous! Hope he will recover
100 percent and play again in 2015.

 

– sign language lessons in a newspaper

Have we ever read a newspaper, or even a newsletter,
and turn to a page that has sign language lessons?
The government of Miyoshi, a town in Japan, is
publishing sign language lessons in the community
newsletter. The Japanese Federation of the Deaf
is happy about it.

 

 

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