DeafDigest Gold – February 24, 2013

DeafDigest Gold – February 24, 2013

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 22, 2013


— World’s second largest all-deaf family?

A while ago, DeafDigest posted a picture of the Frinks,
possibly the world’s largest all-deaf family. What about
the world’s second largest all-deaf family? Maybe, in India,
the Nair family has 17 deaf members (mother, father plus
15 deaf children). The Frinks family picture is at:

DeafDigest does not have the picture of 17 deaf Nair
family members of India.



— A cable TV company will not help a deaf family

A deaf family was disappointed about not getting
captions on the the TV programs. The cable TV
company would not help the deaf family. Why?
Because the deaf family was pirating the cable TV.
And when there were problems with the captions,
the deaf family was stuck!



— deafness surgery allowed in Italy, illegal in USA

a young deaf child was born without cochlea (a special
bone) that allows people to hear. An implanted device would
be needed to replace the missing cochlea. The Federal Food
and Drug Administration rules are strange. Adults are allowed
to have that operation, but children are not allowed! Italy
allows this operation in children. As a result, this deaf
child is having this operation in Italy! (this is not a CI, just a
different kind of operation).



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 20, 2013


— Hearing diner served by deaf waitress

A deaf woman is a waitress at an expensive restaurant; she
wears two hearing aids to communicate with her patrons. Recently
a hearing diner ordered something; the waitress wrote it down
and then left the table. The diner yelled at her to come back as
he changed mind about the order. The deaf waitress did not hear
him. The diner went to the manager to complain about the “rude”
waitress. The manager explained that she is deaf. The diner was
so embarrassed about the whole thing that he walked out of
the restaurant!



— Two club members surprised to be a brother and a sister

Soccer player Barrie Prowse, not deaf, was adopted. He looked for his
biological family, and was surprised to find that a deaf woman soccer
player with the same Penzance AFC club (England) was his sister!
The men’s and the women’s teams shared the same practice field and
both teams would enjoy beers and socializing at the clubhouse pub.
No one realized that Barrie and Gemma were really brother and sister.
Every one was thrilled about it. Deaf Gemma also plays for the
British Deaf Women’s Deaflympics soccer team.



— World’s richest man refuses to fund deaf relay services

Carlos Slim, from Mexico, is the world’s richest man. He owns
the TracFone Wireless, which sells pre-paid mobile phones.
He is fighting the state of California, refusing to pay
the state universal services fee. This fund, in part,
helps fund the state telecommunications and relay services
for the deaf.



— Another Deaf Fake character in The Joe Schmo Show

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned a fake deaf bounty hunter
in the The Joe Schmo Show. Here is another fake deaf –
A Deaf Ventrilogquist, playing with her “talking dummy” –
which talks so wild that the interpreter cannot catch up with!
A crazy program? Yes, but hearing people love to laugh,
thinking deaf can be funny!



— A city with outdoor emergency flashing sirens

Garland is a city in Texas, with population of nearly
230,000 people. It was praised as one of the best cities
in USA to live in. One of the reasons is an outdoor
emergency flashing sirens – that will alert everybody –
both deaf and hearing, of emergencies. How many deaf
people live in Garland? Do not know, but they can
walk around the city, knowing they will be alerted in
case of emergencies!



02/17/13 Blue edition at:

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 — Deaf woman, arrested on drunk driving, loses her case

DeafDigest mentioned a past case of deaf woman, arrested on
drunk driving, trying to get her case dismissed due to no
interpreter. The judge ruled against the deaf woman, saying
that communications by written notes was enough. The woman’s
attorney plans to appeal the judge’s ruling. This court
hearing took four hours, which is very long!

— Discrimination against deaf doctors

There is much discrimination against deaf patients in
doctors’ offices. What about deaf doctors? Yes, much
discrimination! Says who? Says Philip Zazove, a deaf
physician. The University of California Davis Health
System printed a special report about this issue. While
the report did not say how many deaf doctors do we have,
the estimate is between 75-100. And many of them said
they deal with discrimination while working with hearing
people in the medical profession.

— The deaf and the Red Bull

Red Bull is a famous energy drink company. Many of us know
about a famous deaf racer Ashley Fiolek. She is sponsored by
the Red Bull. But how many of us know that Red Bull is
sponsoring a team coached by a deaf man! Mick Fanning,
not deaf, is a two time world surfing champion and his
surf team is sponsored by the Red Bull. Fanning’s coach
is Andy King, an Australian, who is deaf.

— DEAF in India

In USA, many deaf people identify themselves as Capital D
Deaf. What about India? There is DEAF. Really deaf? No,
it is Depositor Education & Awareness Fund, which
explains how to make bank deposits. But many hearing
people laugh at DEAF. They say DEAF is deaf to the
real banking needs!

02/10/13 Blue edition at:

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 6, 2013

— A deaf question in a Jeopardy program

Jeopardy had a deaf question, and the answer was “What
are Girl Scout cookies?” It was about Savannah, GA not
permitting Girl Scout cookies to be sold on the city
streets in 2011. After so many complaints, the city council
changed its mind and allowed cookie sales. How is it
deaf-related? Juliette Gordon Low, a deaf woman, founded
the Girl Scouts in 1912.



— These Super Bowl ads

We, the deaf, complain every year that not every Super Bowl
ad is captioned. Yet there was a big newspaper story about
some Super Bowl advertisers that go broke and go out of
business. Maybe this is the reason why some of them don’t
caption their ads. After paying millions of dollars on
an ad, there is no more money for captions! Hard to
believe? Yes!



— Dangerous for deaf to deliver mail?

Is it dangerous for a deaf person to deliver mail?
It should not be – but Graham Duff, a deaf mailman
in Fife, a small town in Scotland, was bitten by a
dog. He could not hear the dog barking and was bit.
The police has given the owner a ticket for allowing
dog to run loose. Duff, still upset, has not delivered
mail since then. We have heard many stories of dogs
chasing mailmen. But this one about the deaf is the
first DeafDigest has known about.



— A deaf person not allowed to race horses?

A deaf man from Ontario, Canada wants to become a
horse racing jockey. He enrolled at a horse racing
school to learn to become a jockey. The school said
deafness was not a problem, but later changed its
mind. The case is now with the Ontario human
rights commission. Rick Macomber, a deaf man,
races horses in Indiana but it is trotters,
not thoroughbreds, two different types of races.



— Forbes Magazine honors a person that works with the deaf

Forbes Magazine is a popular magazine for important
people in business and politics. Every year this
magazine announces top honors for business people and
politicians. In the past people that are deaf or
work with deaf have never been honored until this year.
Ohki Junto san, not deaf, is the president of ShuR Group
in Japan. This agency helps the deaf with their needs.
Forbes has honored him as one of the Top 30 people in
the world under age of 30.



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