2013/08/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 23, 2013

— deaf people from Buffalo driving to Canada to watch movies?

Many deaf people from Buffalo visiting Niagara, Ontario
to watch movies every Wednesday night? Can-View Drive-In,
a drive-in movie place in Niagara, will show open captioned
movies on Wednesdays. Paul Moreau, a deaf movie-goer, pushed
this idea with drive-in owner Steve Forrest. The owner agreed.
But it is not easy for the deaf Americans to visit Canada –
long and slow moving lines across the borders and they must
carry passports. And then back home very late after the movies.

 

 

— a deaf winner of a reality TV show

DeafDigest has mentioned Sam Evans several times, as the deaf
participant with the British’s Big Brother reality TV show.
He won. Endemol, the worldwide TV production company, made
sure that Sam was allowed equal access during the filming
of the TV series. Because of equal accessibility Sam was
able to compete with hearing participants – and – beat them!

 

 
— Nevada dumps a mentally ill deaf-blind man in California?

San Francisco is threating a lawsuit against Northern Nevada
Adult Mental Health Services for sending a mentally ill
deaf-blind man alone on a bus ride and dumping him off in the
city. This has happened not once, but twice! Nevada says it
is not true and that the deaf-blind man was taken care of when
he arrived in San Franciso. Who is telling the truth?

 

 
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2013/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2013

— Turner Broadcasting System promises captions everywhere

The Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) said captions will be everywhere
– mobile, broadcast and internet. This is great news for
deaf people that like to watch programs on the TBS channels.
And TBS owns the Turner Classic Movies network, meaning all of these
great, old time movies, will be captioned.

 

 

— a true story during 1930’s

This is a true story. A deaf immigrant came to USA and wanted
to become American citizen. He had to take an oral exam that
was interpreted. The question was – who was the first president
of USA? The immigrant didn’t know and gave the wrong answer.
The interpreter changed it to George Washington. This immigrant
then became an American citizen. Today, RID won’t allow it but
there was no RID during the 1930’s!

 

 

— a deaf referee for 67 seasons

Roy Lopaty, who is deaf and resides in the Los Angeles
area, has been a referee for 67 seasons. Not 67 years but
67 seasons. He has been a football referee for 32 seasons
and a basketball referee for 35 seasons. Has he served the
longest among the many deaf referees we have in all sports?
DeafDigest editor thinks yes. At Gallaudet, Roy was involved
with sports.

 

 

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2013/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 21, 2013

— a city honors NFL’s first deaf player

NFL has had a number of deaf and hard of hearing players.
The only two deaf players in NFL was Bonnie Sloan and
Kenny Walker. The city of Hendersonville, Tennessee is
having Bonnie Sloan Day on Sunday, August 25th. Bonnie
played for the St Louis Cardinals in 1973. He could have
had a long career but unfortunately injuries cut it short.
If you never heard of St Louis Cardinals in football, it
is because the team moved to Phoenix. In football Bonnie
was a defensive tackle.

 

 

— Another deaf girl from India lost for 13 years

DeafDigest mentioned few months ago that a deaf girl
got on the wrong train in India and has been lost
from her family for years. There is another one –
a 8 year old deaf girl, riding on the train from
India to Pakistan, got lost, unable to find her
mother. That was 13 years ago, and the governments of
India and Pakistan are now busy trying to locate her
family.

 

 

— hard for some colleges to find CART providers

More deaf students are demanding CART, rejecting
interpreters. And some colleges, wanting to comply
with ADA regulations, are having a hard time finding
CART operators! Said a CART operator – “there is no
registry for CART providers like there is for
interpreters. It is often just a word-of-mouth referral”

 

 

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2013/08/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 20, 2013

 

— a nursing program says a deaf nurse is a danger to hearing patients!

CoxHealth, a health care network located in Missouri, operates
its own nursing program. Jessica Wells was kicked out of the
program in 2008 after two semesters because of her deafness.
They told her that deafness is a danger to hearing patients.
Angry, she filed a lawsuit and won. Yet, she is unsure of
returning to the CoxHealth program, as she is already
enrolled at Missouri State University.

 

 

— rare deaf referees in a sport

We have deaf referees in basketball, football and umpires in
baseball and softball. Even in some sports such as soccer,
lacrosse, wrestling we also have deaf referees. Hockey?
DeafDigest just learned that we have two deaf referees –
one is Ramesh Arya, who has been refereeing hearing
hockey games in Montreal for 20 years. The other one is
Larry Whittemore, a graduate of American School for the
Deaf; he referees games in the New England area.

 

 

— a vanishing part of Deaf Culture

Years ago Deaf Clubs were a strong part of Deaf Culture.
Practically every city had their own deaf clubs. Times
have changed. In New York City, as far back as late
seventies/early eighties, there were as many as 17
deaf clubs. Nowadays – only two deaf clubs survive –
Brooklyn Society for the Deaf and Staten Island
Club for the Deaf. The deaf people nowadays would
rather socialize with each other at Starbucks than
to attend deaf club events.

 

 

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2013/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 19, 2013

 

— A TV decoder only shows Chinese captions!

Someone bought a TV decoder and hooked it up to a TV.
The captions were in Chinese, not in English! DeafDigest
wonders who would buy these old fashioned decoders?
Even a deaf agency tried to give away these new decoders
for free and no one wanted them! Anyway why Chinese?
Maybe a high tech mystery. The buyer was not able to
change it from Chinese to English.

 

 

— Confessions of an interpreter that lied!

A local TV station showed a program about a class at
a deaf school. The teacher interpreted for a 8-year
old girl that was interviewed. The teacher changed
the girl’s answers to make things look good. For the
question – is your mother with you now? The child
signed “she is in jail” and the teacher changed it to
“she could not make it.” For the question – did you
like our TV program last night? Her response in signs
was inappropriate, so the teacher changed it to
“I liked everything on the program.”

 

 

— a big irony behind the RID birth in 1968

The Registry of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
was born in 1968 at Muncie, Indiana. The chairperson in that
first RID meeting was Dr. Edgar Lowell who was not deaf. He
was the Director of the John Tracy Clinic in Los Angeles.
This clinic teaches oralism. How did Lowell get involved with
RID in sign language interpreting? It was just a job with him,
no matter if it was oralism or ASL! This is one of the biggest
ironies in Deaf History.

 

 

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