2011/12/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 28, 2011

— A teacher questioning arrested deaf man at police station!

Normally when a deaf person is arrested, the police would use
an interpreter to help with questioning at the police station.
This should be the way in USA. But in India, it seems things
are different. A deaf man was arrested for theft, and the police
could not question him because of communication difficulties.
Instead the police hired a teacher from a school for the deaf
to question the arrested deaf man. We are lucky it does not
happen in USA.

— A deaf musician with his unusual skills

Musicians normally play with just one instrument, such as
a violin, a saxaphone, guitar, etc. They spend hours of practice
to perfect their skills with that just one instrument. Even
Evelyn Glennie, the world’s most famous deaf musician, only plays
the percussion. Yet, musician Jay’d Hagberg is deaf and is capable
of playing more than 30 different instruments! He is from the
Twin Cities area of Minnesota and studied music for a while in
Austria.

— A deaf girl wins hearing Spelling Bee championship

Emily Neal, a 4th grade deaf girl in Chesapeake, Ohio, has won local
and regional spelling bee championships. And while she came in
second place in the county, she hopes to be able to compete
in the national spelling bee championships. A difficult word
she was able to spell easily was “bildungsroman”

— Painful to take a dizziness & balance exam

A deaf person is going to take a VNG test. VNG? It is called
videonystagmography! And to get ready for that exam, this
deaf person must follow these rules:

* no eating or taking liquids for 4 hours before the exam
* no alcoholic drinks for 2 days before the exam
* no coffee or soft drinks the day of the xam
* no medicine for two days before the exam
* (for women), no make up the day of the exam

This deaf person will be dizzy and uncomfortable on the day of
the exam. Why VNG? To tell the doctor why you may have dizziness
or balance problems!

— 10-year old deaf girl’s best Christmas gift

Amorette Mackey is a deaf 10-year old girl that lives in
College Springs, Iowa. For six months, she begged for a
very special Christmas gift. And in few days before
Christmas, she was at a basketball game with her ASL
signing choir. Suddenly she got the surprise she was asking
for. It was in a big box that was pushed towards her.
Someone came out of the box and shocked her. It was her
daddy, Sgt. Seth Mackey, who just came home from Iraq. People
watching the basketball game stood up and cheered at
the surprise.

DeafDigest Gold – December 25, 2011

DeafDigest Gold – December 25, 2011

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DeafDigest Blue – December 25, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 25, 2011

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2011/12/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December December 21, 2011

— Deaf man arrested by police for telling them he is deaf!

Shaun Phuprate, a deaf British man, was stopped by the police
because of a minor street incident. As he could not understand
what the police was saying, he pointed to his ear to explain
his deafness. The police thought this gesture was a dirty
word, and they arrested him! Luckily for him, the angry judge
quickly threw the case out of the court.

— Knowing nothing about Deaf Devices!

A deaf woman recently moved to a Senior hearing Retirement Home.
She made friends with a few late-deafened residents. She found out
that they never heard of closed captions on TV, of alerting
devices and captioned telephones. She then gave demonstrations
of these deaf devices and they were surprised!

— The Deaf Pizza in San Francisco

Mozzeria is a new pizza restaurant in San Francisco, owned by Russell
and Melody Stein, both of them deaf and Gallaudet graduates. There
was no grand opening ceremony, but instead, two special fund raising
events took place. One was for California School for the Deaf at Fremont
and for the Deafhood Foundation. The other event was to raise funds for
the school that Stein’s children attend. On opening day, the restaurant
was booked solid. A Deaf Writer/Food Critic was in attendance. He said
everything was great – food, pizza dough, pizza ingredients, open dining
space, wood burning stove, a full menu, reasonable price, wide selection
of local beer and wine, atmosphere, walk-in location, etc.

— Hollywood is fighting us!

FCC has given Hollywood 6 months to put captions on everything -
movies, TV and videos. The Motion Picture Association of America
is telling FCC that 6 months is impossible and have asked for about
8 years to complete this captioning project.  Six months by FCC or 8
years by Hollywood! Who is right – FCC or Hollywood?

— UPS punished for discriminating against the deaf

The UPS has agreed to pay $95,000 to Mauricio Centeno, a past
deaf UPS employee who filed a discrimination lawsuit. He asked
for an interpreter in staff meetings and UPS said no, and he
sued. UPS has to pay up $95,000 and also must provide interpreters
at all staff meetings for all of its deaf employees. Remember few
years ago, UPS was in a lawsuit for not allowing deaf employees
to drive trucks.

DeafDigest Gold – December 18, 2011

DeafDigest Gold – December 18, 2011

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http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

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DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

America’s Unique Deaf Stories; subscription
at no cost to you

Serving the Deaf Community since 1996; 15th year
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