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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 17, 2013



— advice from a police officer that is also ASL interpreter

Eric Mathers, a Lakeland, Florida, police officer, is also ASL
interpreter. He gave this advice if police stops deaf drivers for
any reason:

1. be calm
2. make eye contact
3. point to your ear
4. ask for pen and pad
5. turn on lights inside the car
6. don’t hide your hands
7. show the deafness card on dashboard visor

— a fire at a school for the deaf

A school for the deaf was on fire; much of property and
stuff were lost. The school said a bad electrical connection
was the cause of the fire. But the police and fire officials
suspect it was arson. The school was in middle of a local
scandal involving a recent election. The school is Kuja
Special School for the Deaf in Rongo, Kenya.

— airport personnel learning sign language

Airports can be one big confusing scene; lost luggage,
missed airline connections, confusing video displays,
passport and visa issues, etc. Angry hearing passengers
and angry deaf passengers mixed together. One airport
is trying to make things easier for deaf passengers
by having its people learn sign language. Where is
that airport? Sorry, not in USA, but it is the
Erzincan airport in Turkey! Hint – why not these
big American airports in big American cities?




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 15, 2013

— a deaf model starting her career at late age!

Many models start their careers while young (before age of 20),
but a certain deaf woman started her career at the age of 25!
She travels across Europe taking on different modeling
assignments. Now nearing her thirties, her career is just
taking off, even though she is at the age when models
worry about their looks and future photo shoots.



— deaf EMT better than hearing EMT!

Chad Grabousky is deaf and is an emergency medical technician
(EMT) with a Bethlehem, PA ambulance company. 4 years ago
at the age of 18, he graduated from a EMT program but could
not find a job; no one wanted to hire him. He would not give
up and found a EMT job in Bethlehem, about 60 miles from
where he lives. The boss knew it was a gamble when hiring
him. What does the boss say right now? The happy boss said:

He is better than some hearing staff!



– Jeff Rosen firing a hearing impaired attorney

Jeff Rosen is an attorney and he fired a hearing impaired
attorney for abuse of power! Jeff Rosen, the chairperson of
the National Council on Disability, an Obama political
appointee? No, not that deaf attorney Jeff Rosen, but yes,
the other Jeff Rosen that is hearing. He is the Santa Clara
County (California) district attorney. He fired prosecutor
Lisa Rogers because of personal misconduct with a domestic
issue. Lisa is deaf and has to depend on a stenographer to
keep up with the proceedings.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 13, 2013



— a former Super Bowl NFL player, himself deaf, very bitter

Reggie Williams played 14 years for Cincinnati Bengals (1976-1989),
and played in two Super Bowls. He has a life-long hearing problem
and as a child, attended Rhode Island School for the Deaf for a
short time. Since he functioned as a hearing person, many people
did not know he was deaf. As a great football player, he paid the
price – many injuries to his legs. He has to use crutches to walk.
He is bitter because NFL would not help him (and many other
badly-injured NFL players). The big, rich NFL will not help its
retired players that made NFL great.



— who was the first deaf around-the-world solo sailor?

Last week the newpapers were full of stories of Gerry Hughes,
a deaf Scot, who sailed solo all around the world, a trip
taking him 8 months. They are saying he is the FIRST deaf person
to accomplish it. First deaf person? DeafDigest mentioned
in Year 2000 (13 years ago) that Paul Thompson, a deaf man
from South Africa, sailed solo all around the world!



— fastest A to Z fingerspeller!

There is a contest in Great Britain called “Hot Fingers.”
Deaf contestants race against each other to see who fingerspells
A to Z the fastest. The average fast speed is 5-6 seconds.
Is it faster than A to Z fingerspelling in USA? Probably not
because British fingerspelling uses both hands, while ASL
fingerspelling is on one hand!



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