DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 23, 2011
— Cops beat up Occupy Portland ASL interpreter!
Interpreter Justin James Bridges was on duty during
the Occupy Portland (Oregon) activities when the
cops came in and beat him up. The cops wanted to
clean up the park and to kick out the occupants.
For some reason, Bridges was beaten up. He was
badly injured during the beating.
— Cops arrest a deaf NTID professor at Occupy Rochester
A deaf professor with NTID was arrested for participating
at Occupy Rochester. She was handcuffed behind her back,
preventing her from being able to communicate. She
claims this is the wrong way to arrest a deaf person.
But Rochester police said everyone, deaf and hearing,
must be handcuffed behind their backs because of a
safety issue. Interesting because Rochester has a
reputation for being the world’s most Deaf Friendly
— A deaf club not allowed to sell “private club” permit
In Pulaski County (Arkansas) there are 23 private club
permits. It allows these clubs to serve liquor until 5 AM
closing time. One of the 23 clubs is the Little Rock
Association for the Deaf. This deaf club no longer wants
the permit and wants to sell it to a hearing club. In two
special hearings, the county said no. Reason was burden on
police and public safety. This issue may go to the courts,
and in the meantime the deaf club is stuck with a permit
they no longer want.
— What happens if a deaf person on SSDI wins a big lottery?
Suppose you are deaf and receive SSDI checks and you win a
one million dollar lottery, will you lose your SSDI benefits?
A tax attorney said that the deaf person will keep his
SSDI checks and his Medicare, but will lose his Medicaid.
Why Medicaid? Because if you have new money, you can
afford to pay for your medical care and assistance.
— IRS and IRS/DEAF group wants to help the deaf taxpayers
The IRS and IRS/DEAF group is working with a consultant on how
to best help deaf taxpayers. They have come up with a survey
for you to fill out. There is a video that explains the whole
thing but it is not captioned. DeafDigest refuses to post
non-captioned videos because many DeafDigest subscribers do not
know sign language. If you wish to see the video and the
survey, email President@IRSDEAF.net
— Job opening, Executive Director position, New Mexico
DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 16, 2011
— Did Marlee Matlin break her own captioning rule?
Famous deaf actress Marlee Matlin requires captions
on all of her TV and movie performances. Well,
there was a YouTube presentation – “Hollywood
Laundry” that she had a role. And it was not
— First living beings on earth were deaf!
A research team from the University of Southern
Denmark said that all hearing people on earth
came from the deaf! The first living being
on earth, 385 million years, ago was the deaf
lungfish. Since then, the lungfish evolved into
many different types of living beings, including
different animals, hearing human beings and
deaf human beings.
— Will sign language continue forever or will it die?
In 1880, people said Sign Language will die because of
the Milan Convention that did not allow it in the
classrooms. It never died. Yet there are two sides.
The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is afraid sign
language will die. But China feels sign language
will never die. WFD hosted a 21-nation conference,
discussing how to protect sign language. China wants
to make sign language perfect for its deaf people!
So, will sign language continue or will it die?
DeafDigest says Sign Language will never die!
— A deaf woman cycling on the street
Anni Leigh, a deaf Australian woman, loves to go cycling
on the streets. Cars, however, have almost hit her
and her cycle several times. What did she do? She wrote
the word “deaf” in capital letters on the back of her vest.
As a result, these reckless drivers have respected her
and have been careful with her!
— RIT says Deaf Brain not same as Hearing Brain
Deaf Brain same or different from Hearing Brain?
Peter Hauser, RIT’s deaf neuropsychologist, wanted
to know. He experimented with over 1,000 people to
see if the brain adapts, or ignores, our deafness!
He said yes, there is a Deaf Brain and a Hearing Brain.
To take a look at Peter’s brain, visit:
DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 9, 2011
— Twitter comes to the rescue of the deaf in Australia
Twitter has many values, including helping the deaf
Australians! In USA, you watch a TV program that is
supposed to be captioned, But if captions disappear,
you need to make a relay call with the TV station to
tell them to turn it on. but with the TV station NBN
in Newcastle, New South Wales, it is different.
Deaf viewers can send a twitter message to tell the
TV station to turn on captions! The twitter is @nbntech.
— An embarrassing national emergency test!
The FCC told everyone, the deaf included, that a national
emergency test would be held last week. But two things
went wrong. First, people thought it was an actual
emergency, and not just a test message! Second, for us,
the deaf, the test emergency warning was NOT captioned
or even NOT texted.
Hmm, we know this famous phrase:
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry
— A confused hard of hearing judge can be a scary judge!
Judge Jamie Tabor, himself hard of hearing, of the
Gloucester Crown Court (United Kingdom), was questioning
a defendant, arrested because of a public incident with a
The judge asked the defendant:
What is your job?
The defendant said something. The judge though the
I am a burglar
Not believing what the defendant said, the judge asked:
Did you say you were a burglar?
The defendant said:
No. I am a ground worker (same type of job as construction
subcontractor in USA).
Whew! The judge then gave the defendant a community
DeafDigest says the judge needs a CART!
— It is piracy if bad captioning quality is improved!
Yes, the FCC requires providers to caption their
programs. But what if the captioning is lousy? And
that the second provider removes first provider’s
bad captions and replaces it with better captions?
The FCC would call this – piracy! Why? These complicated
— Comparing a Deaf House in USA and a Deaf House in Japan?
What is a Deaf House in USA? Look at:
What is a Deaf House in Japan? Look at:
Many pictures; husband and wife are both deaf.