2011/09/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 28, 2011

– The Price is Right for the deaf

Many of us like to watch “The Price is Right” TV game show.
We like to see how the participants bid wrong on stuff
they want to win. And the Department of Justice was also
interested but for a different reason – that it discriminated
against the deaf, thus violating the ADA. A settlement was
reached in that the program and the web site must show captions,
and that the deaf that want to participate cannot be
discriminated against. And also that the people working with
the program be trained on what ADA is all about.

 

 

–  A new Deaf TV program in Texas

We’ve had some Deaf TV programs in the past. And
there is a new one, aired in the Austin, Texas
area. It is “ACCESS News” and it is being shown
once a month. Anchor Tamara Suiter-Ocuto, a
deaf woman, will feature news, interviews and
entertainment. Sponsoring that program is
Civication Inc, a non-profit agency. The half-hour
long program will include ASL and captions. Guests
being interviewed will be from various public and
private sectors.

 

– A nervous airline scared of the deaf?

A group of nearly 20 deaf passengers were not
allowed to board an Air Méditeranée airline
in France. Why? The airline policy said “a deaf
person has a reduced mobility.” Reduced mobility?
Is it saying deaf people cannot walk? Or cannot
talk to crew members? The French authorities were
not too happy with the incident and will conduct
hearings.

– There is a doctor that ADA people will never sue!

In Pittsburgh, Dr. Deborah Gilboa works with patients
at a health clinic. She is valuable, not only because
she knows medicine but knows sign language and is
able to communicate with deaf patients. And if deaf
patients have an appointment with another doctor
in her clinic, she functions as the interpreter.
This is a win-win situation for the deaf and for the
clinic that does not have to worry about paying
interpreting fees!

– A vest: an embarrassment for the state of Vermont

Rene Pellerin, the deaf-blind leader in Vermont,
is wearing a special vest, which is an embarrassment
for the state of Vermont. To see what the vest is
all about, view:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1Ai70TGlJU

It is not captioned. Please wait until the end of the
video to take a look at the vest.

2011/09/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 21, 2011

— A different way of rewarding Deaf Pageant winners

Winners of Miss Deaf Pageants in Swaziland would
get a free car as a prize in the past. Not any more.
The Pageant organizers will be giving a free hearing
aid to the winner. The organizers feel that a hearing
aid is a lifetime reward, while a car is not!

— Detecting hearing loss at a lower cost

If a person wants to find out why he has a hearing
loss, he may have to go through a genetical testing.
It costs around $20,000 and it may take years to
find out the cause of deafness. Two scientists –
Karen Avraham and Moein Kanaan have claimed to have
a faster way of discovering deafness at the cost of
just $500, and with only two weeks of genetical
searching. Will this work?

— An overlooked fact about a deaf swindler

Last week it was mentioned that SEC has filed
charges against Jody Dunn, a deaf man, for
cheating deaf clients out of $3.45 million
on promises of big financial gains. It was
learned that Dunn himself has been unemployed
and has also been getting SSDI checks. This
was a fact that many of us overlooked.

— Giving up a career as a model to become a farmer

Aqua Harris, who is deaf, was a former fashion model
in New Zealand. And at the same time, he also was a
personal trainer. He got tired of the fast life in
the high New Zealand society, and gave it all up.
He is much happier, raising pigs  on a farm in a
a small country town. The pigs he raises are English
Berkshire, a rare breed. He hopes to make a fortune
if he is successful with the breeding efforts.

— A failed artist led to birth of Gallaudet University

Samuel Morse, not deaf, had high hopes of becoming a great
artist. He lived in Paris for few years, hoping to establish
himself in the Parisian art community. He failed and
came home, bitterly disappointed. He overcame his
disappointment to invent a telegraph machine that
won a patent. He needed an investor to help start
the business. This investor was Amos Kendall. The
telegraph business skyrocketed, making a lot of money
for Kendall. He invested the money in land where
Gallaudet is currently located. Who knows if
Morse was a successful artist, there may be no
Gallaudet, but a different college for the deaf
in a different location?