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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DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 18, 2011

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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2011/12/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December December 14, 2011

— Ultimate Fighter Matt Hamill honored by the UFC

Matt Hamill, a recently-retired Ultimate Fighter, has
been honored by his fighting organization. They said
he was one of the most inspirational fighters around,
defeating some of the better opponents in his short
career. Because of these wins, he is described as a
true hero.

 

 
— A lip-reading Kinect device?

Could a Kinect device become a lipreader? Kinect engineers
say that the next Kinect generation can lipread. Really?
A deaf person that owns PS3, XBox and Kinect said “I doubt
that the next generation Kinect can lip read accurately –
but who knows? I have not seen the newer Kinect 2 device
yet”.

— A politician in New Zealand says deaf cannot be a MP

Kevin Campbell, a Conservative party member, said that
Mojo Mathers, a deaf woman who was elected as MP, should
not serve in this position because of her deafness! When
his comments angered everyone, he immediately backed off
and apologized. To her credit, she accepted the apology.

 

 
— A deaf nightclub in Madrid

In Madrid, a new nightclub, named Equal, has opened for
business, serving deaf patrons. The songs come with
subtitled videos and signed videos, both shown on screens.
The staff know sign language. The bouncers, who don’t
sign, are with interpreters. It is located on Goya 33
Street, and is open every Thursday night.

— “Justin Bieber” booed in a basketball game

Would basketball fans boo Justin Bieber? Well,
when Luke Adams, who is deaf, and playing for
Texas Tech, entered the game against Texas Christian
University. he was immediately booed. Why?
Adams looks like this famous singer. Sportswriters
thought this deaf player could not hear the boos.
He heard these jeers because of his CI. To compare
pictures of Adams and Bieber, look at:

http://blog.chron.com/sportsupdate/2011/12/tcu-fans-taunt-deaf-texas-tech-player-with-bieber-taunts/

Incidentally, Adams’ father is a basketball coach
at Howard College, which is where SWCID is located!
Not sure if the father has ever coached deaf players
from SWCID.

DeafDigest Gold – December 11, 2011

DeafDigest Gold – December 11, 2011

Gold edition            Barry Strassler, Editor
http://deafdigest.com – updated every Monday

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

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DeafDigest Blue – December 11, 2011

DeafDigest Blue – December 11, 2011

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

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at no cost to you

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2011/12/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition,  December 7, 2011

— A deaf couple kicked out of apartment for being too noisy

In Germany, a deaf couple was kicked out of the apartment
for being too noisy. Yes, deaf people may sometimes make
more noise than hearing people. But in the couple’s case,
it was their fault! The deaf couple turned on music
full blast every night because they wanted to feel the
vibrations! Luckily for them the city officials found
another apartment for them. The couple said they have
learned their lesson and not turn on music full blast
again.

— 200 text messages to complete a divorce case

Wang Hong and Zhang Hai, deaf spouses, wanted to get
divorced in China. Because of problems with interpreters
and with communications in a courthouse in Tianjin,
the judge allowed them to use text pagers. After 200
text messages back and forth, the judge then granted
the couple a divorce!

— A deaf choreographer of a hearing dance group

The most important person in a dance group is the
choregrapher. He arranges the dancers’ movements
on the stage to work with the music. Everything
must be perfect. If anything messes up, it is
the choregrapher’s fault. Impossible for a deaf
person to be a choregrapher? Well, in London,
Chisato Minamimura, a deaf woman, who cannot
follow music, is a successful choreographer and
has been nominated for awards. How does she do it?
She said music is visual for her. And her methods
are somewhat of a mystery, but it works!

 
— Marriage between the deaf and the deaf

Marriages between the deaf and the deaf are pretty
much common and accepted in USA and everywhere in
most of the world. Not that so in Saudi Arabia!
This nation looks down on the disabled people,
the deaf included – and even worse, looks down
on marriage between the deaf and the deaf. This
is why DeafDigest is grateful that we are
Americans and are free to do what we want to do.

— The best makeup artist in Boston is deaf

Liana Carlan, a deaf woman, won the Boston Makeup
Artist of the Year honor. She will be entered in the
National Makeup Artist of the Year competition, with
other regional makeup artist winners. Exactly what is
a makeup artist? It is a person that works with the
human body to make performers look good for the
theater, TV, movies, fashion, magazine pictures, etc.
Also if you see a Frankenstein in a movie, it is the
makeup artist that does a lot of work.

 

 
— position opening
Program Director
Pressley Ridge School for the Deaf
Pittsburgh, PA

more information at:
http://deafdigest.com/pressley-ridge-deaf-program-director-position/