DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 17, 2018


— another important Sears product for the deaf in the past

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned an obsolete ear trumpet
in the 1903 Searsscatalog. There was another one – during the
early eighties – Closed Captioning Decoder Boxes. In
these days TV sets did not have built-in decoders, forcing
the deaf to buy decoder boxes. Sears made it available
for anyone that wanted it, thus making closed captioned
TV programs more popular.


— Subway customer’s creative solution to communications

Graham Wade, who is deaf, is a sandwich maker with
Subway in Port Aransas, Texas. He is the best sandwich
maker one could find. A regular customer, who admires
him, came up with something for him, a 2 by 4 poster of
many pictures of all Subway ingredients. A customer
would just point at the pictures, telling Graham
what he wanted in a sub! This has made Graham
an even better sandwich maker!


— Language activist says that interpreter not enough in court room

Zakeera Docrat, not deaf, is a language activist. She made this

All accused persons have a right to a fair trial and to be legally
represented. But can a legal representative defend the accused fully
when they communicate through an interpreter? No


This is her opinion. She is from Zaire. In USA we have Certified
Deaf Interpreters that do their best to make sure the accused
deaf understand the charges and accusations in the court room.
And for deaf people who do not understand sign language, there
are sign language experts that use gestures and body language
to try to get the point across to them. Not easy, though!


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 16, 2018


— infamous Texas deaf legend we never knew about

Texas, a big state, is full of cowboy legends. One
such legend was Deaf Charley (real name Camillo
Orlando Hanks). He was deaf and in the early 1900’s,
he worked for the infamous Butch Cassidy gang. His
job was to be a lookout when Butch and his gang robbed
railroad passengers. His job lasted only a year and
half, as a sheriff confronted him in a saloon and shot
him dead!


— travel ID card not enough for the deaf

A ferry company has come up with a disability ID
cards to enable the staff to help the deaf and
the disabled. But is the card enough to help
the deaf? The ferry company said the card
helps the staff identify the deaf that
can lipread. What about sign language?
It wasn’t mentioned in the company
press release!


— Sears and the deaf

Sears may disappear for good. The world famous
Sears catalog has disappeared years ago. Any
deaf stuff in the Sears catalog? There was
one – the 1903 catalog listed for sale –
an ear-trumpet to help the deaf to hear better.
Yes, this was before the hearing aid made
the trumpet obsolete.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 15, 2018


— famous scientist was afraid of switched DNA’s

The late Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most
famous scientists, was afraid of switched DNA’s
creating a race of superhumans. Could a deaf superhuman
race be created by doing the same thing?


— a network of over 1,000 radio stations sued over no captions

A deaf man filed a lawsuit against the National Public Radio
(NPR) for not captioning its videos. This is interesting because
NPR was created by an act of Congress and signed into bill by
past president Lyndon B. Johnson. While not a federal agency
it is surprising that a national network, helped by the
federal act of congress, would not caption its videos!


— playing in the dark

Deaf gamers have complained about lack of captions
on some of the video games they played. Why not
just use eyes? Can’t! Some of the games are played
in total darkness. Hearing gamers can listen for
sounds. Deaf gamers can’t. This is why a group
of deaf gamers are making efforts to force
game software programmers to put in captions on
all of their games.



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Many deaf people complain about discrimination
at fast food drive in kiosks. They cannot use
voice for their hamburger orders.
Hopefully this may change. There have been
McDonald’s employees at drive in kiosks,
taking orders in person instead of using
voice on kiosks.
Maybe it is a way for McDonald’s to avoid
ADA lawsuits with deaf customers?