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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 17, 2011

— A big deaf role in winning a major American horse race

In standardbred racing, the biggest race is the Hambletonian.
It is like Kentucky Derby in horse racing, Indy 500
in car racing, Super Bowl in NFL, etc, etc. In this
year’s Hambletonian, the horse, Broad Bahn won the
race. Helping Broad Bahn win this race was Risa Tanaka.
She is deaf and is the groom/caretaker of the horse,
tending to his needs 24 hours a day. She works closely
with the driver and the trainer as a team to get Broad
Bahn ready for all races.

To get an idea of what is standardbred racing,
look at right side of:


— Are you confused with the FCC new rules on 800 numbers?

The FCC explanations were not clear and were confusing.
But this hopefully may be a clarification on both VRS
and IP calls:

PAST – you got a 800 number from your relay provider.
Your hearing friends can make free long distance calls to you
through a relay provider, using your 800 relay number

PRESENT – FCC says no more; hearing friends cannot use your
800 number to make free long distance calls to you through
a relay provider

FUTURE – If you own a 800 number that you paid, you could forward
incoming calls to your VP number so hearing friends can make
free relay 800 calls to you”.


— Sign Language Law Firm

A law firm in Lancashire, in the northern part of England,
has asked its staff members to learn sign language so that
they can advise deaf clients on their legal matters. This
law firm, operated by founder Saimina J Virmani, says
it will be the first law firm in United Kingdom to work
with the deaf.


— To be deaf or to be blind, like using a light switch!

Actress Azita Ghanizada, not deaf, is playing a role in
a new Syfy TV series – “Alphas.” In that role she will be
a person of a “special abilities” meaning she will be either
deaf or blind. In other words when she uses her super-vision,
she becomes deaf, but when she uses her super-hearing, she
becomes blind – just a like light switch!

— Deaf auto mechanic has advantage over hearing auto mechanic

Daniel Lethcoe is deaf and is attending automotive classes in
Elizabethton, Tennessee. He hopes to become an automobile mechanic.
After classes he goes to a Toyota dealership to work on auto
repairs. The Toyota auto repair supervisor said that Daniel’s
deafness is an advantage because he can feel the vibrations
that hearing mechanics do not know about! Of course if Daniel
has to ask a hearing mechanic about engine noises. It all
comes out even.


— New Mexico Commission for Deaf & HOH seeks Executive Director

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 10, 2011

— Why was the Deaf Seniors of America Conference at
Chicago canceled at the very last minute?

Looking back, a bad trend may have been started by
the cancelled Deaflympics. Now it is Deaf Seniors of
America. Who knows – other future deaf national
conventions may be canceled? Bad times, bad economy,
and everyone is nervous about money, jobs and expenses.

— Ed Garner is scary in Arkansas.

Ed Garner, not deaf, is a legislator in Arkansas, and
he is hoping to win election to a seat in the state
senate. In the past, he opposed funding of Arkansas
School for the Deaf, wanting it to close.

— Any famous hearing individuals that support deafness?

Famous actor Michael Fox supports Parkinson’s Disease,
famous basketball player Magic Johnson supports
HIV/AIDS, famous TV anchor Katie Couric supports
colon cancer, etc, etc.  Who supports deafness?
Do click and be surprised:

— Some deaf people do not want interpreters in doctors’

Some deaf people require interpreters at doctors’ offices;
some other deaf people do not want interpreters. A deaf
activist has this advice for those that do not want
interpreters. Bring your own notepad; do not ask the doctor
for his notepad. At the end of the appointment, you still
own your own notepad and you can bring it home to review
the notes. If you use doctors’ notepad, it is their property
and they may refuse to give you the handwritten notes.

— A different Deaf School in Manchester

There is a Deaf School in Manchester, a working class
city in England. But it is not a Deaf School! It is the
name of a famous band. Why would this band call itself
the Deaf School? Good question!