2012/02/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 29, 2012

– Best “deaf-friendly” film wins Oscar

The movie “The Artist” won 3 Oscar honors – best picture,
director and lead actor. David Pierce, deaf CEO of Davideo
Productions, was happy about it, saying that we love silent
films and that voice is not always important for a movie to look
good. DeafDigest hopes The Artist success will give us future
non-voice films that we all, deaf and hearing, can enjoy.

 


– A newspaper was wrong about Marlee Matlin

A writer for The Charlotte Observer wrote that Marlee
Matlin was not successful since her Oscar-winning movie in
1986. The writer is wrong. Since 1986 she had nearly 50
different roles in TV series, movies and special TV
appearances. Yes, she struggles to get new roles, but
all hearing actors have these same struggles!

 


– Future drive-ins for the deaf at all McDonalds?

We have complained for years that McDonald’s drive-ins
are not friendly to us. Hopefully this will change – four
McDonald’s drive-ins at Morganton, NC (near North Carolina
SD) now have push buttons at the kiosks. It alerts the
inside staff that the driver is deaf and to give him the
order clipboard. If this experiment is successful then
hopefully the McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, IL
will install these special push buttons at all McDonald’s
outlets in USA!

 


– A deaf manager of world’s most popular fast food chain

Olivia Eson, just 20 years old, is deaf and is the manager
of McDonald’s at Bloomington, Illinois. She just won the
McDonald’s Chicago Region Crew Person of the Year honor, and
she is taking classes to move up on the McDonald’s management
ladder. She started working at McDonald’s at the age of 15 and
has made it her career. Yes, she deals with customers and with
her employees on a daily basis. DeafDigest does not think
she knows ASL.


– A college almost did not allow a deaf student to graduate!

Kelly Laatsch is a deaf junior at Central Michigan University.
Her goal is to become a teacher of the deaf. Because of a
crazy state rule, the college told her she is not allowed
to graduate! The rule is that all students must speak in English
(without an interpreter). When this story hit the newspapers
and TV news shows, the embarrassed college agreed to allow
her to graduate!

 

 

DeafDigest Gold – February 26, 2012

DeafDigest Gold – February 26, 2012

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DeafDigest Blue – February 26, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – February 26, 2012

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2012/02/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 22, 2012

– A hearing employee insulting the deaf, not fired

Tom Petry, not deaf, is the technology director of the Collier County school district in Florida. He insulted his deaf employee, mocked racial groups, accused of bad behavior and mismanaged department finances, etc. A disciplinary hearing took place with 200 pages of evidence. Yet, the school superintendent did not fire him!

 

– A deaf female jockey in a future Kentucky Derby race?

Neiba Ponce, 23, a deaf woman from Kennewick, Washington, is now a horse racing jockey. She is practices with horses at a training track. The local NBC Right Now ran a short program of her. Kentucky Derby? It is a big dream of all jockeys. We hope she will become a successful jockey and deaf bettors winning money on her horses!

 

– ASL person cannot run for election in a small town

San Luis, Arizona has 15,000 people and is near the Mexican border. This town passed a law 120 years ago that candidates in town elections must be fluent in English. Last week a hearing Spanish-speaking woman was told she cannot run for public office in San Luis. Same thing with ASL person; if his English is bad, he cannot run for public office in same town!

 

– National Theatre of the Deaf in danger of going broke

The NTD, founded in 1967, is the nation’s oldest continuing deaf theater. It survived past financial problems, but today may be the worst. NTD, in Connecticut, is funded by the state. Connecticut is broke, and has cut funding for many groups. NTD was supposed to get $151,000 but may be zero dollars. Everyone was surprised about zero dollars. But there is hope; theater and cultural groups are screaming mad. The state then said their budget cutbacks are not really cutbacks at all. Confusing? Yes!

 

– Obama praises a successful deaf person

President Obama, on his web site, praised a deaf person who was a success in life despite not being well known in the national Deaf Community. At age of 16, he competed in the Deaflympics; after graduation from deaf school, he worked in a factory assembly line. And he helped establish an agency serving the deaf in the area. And he is encouraging the deaf to go out and vote. His children have become successes. Who is that person? Go to: http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/organizing-against-all-odds-abram-p/

DeafDigest Blue – February 19, 2012

DeafDigest Blue – February 19, 2012

Blue Edition              Barry Strassler, Editor
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