2013/09/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 24, 2013

— sign language exam at age of 5

Evie Gavin, not deaf and age 5, passed her British Sign
Language exam. She is very happy about it. But why an
exam at age of 5? Her mother, Ayesha Gavin, is deaf.
Evie wants to be qualified to communicate with her.
The sign language people are saying Evie is the youngest
person in Great Britain to pass a sign language exam.

 

— do not mock the deaf for being deaf!

The city of Fremont, California has many deaf
residents. People living in Fremont know what
deafness is all about. But a group of young
hearing men was mocking a group of young
deaf men for their deafness. This took place
at the Fremont BART station. The angry deaf
men then attacked the hearing men, sending
them to the hospital. The Fremont police is
looking into this matter.

 

 

— wrong locations of deaf visual signaling alarms

The Tokyo Audit Secretary scolded the Tokyo
Metropolitan Central School for the Deaf
because of the “invisible” visual signaling
alarms. Invisible? In a way, yes because these
alarms were on the walls behind the students’
backs and some were hidden behind other walls.
The embarrassed school officials said they
will move the alarms so that every student
can see them!

 

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2013/09/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 23, 2013

— a cruel fate for a deaf cyclist

Jacob Landis, Annapolis, MD, was on a cross country cycling
tour, visiting every major league baseball stadium, to
raise funds to help the deaf. He was in Florida and was
going to cycle back home to complete his national tour.
Unfortunately, a hit and run driver crashed into his
bicycle – causing serious injuries. thus stopping
the tour. DeafDigest hopes Jacob will recover soon.

 

 

— a deaf dog is a hero

A deaf English Springer Spaniel has become a hero
in Salem, Oregon! She may be deaf but she can smell!
At 6 AM one morning, she smelled something strange
and barked so loud, waking up her master. It was a
burglar. The master physically overpowered the
burglar and held him for the cops to arrive to make
the arrest. Yes, the dog’s master is not deaf!

 

 

— Dummy Hoy exhibit removed at a museum

A deaf baseball fan went to a museum, expecting to
see the Dummy Hoy exhibit. It was not there, much
to his disappointment. He said “I guess the Hoy
exhibit was not popular and was removed”. Where
is that museum? It is the Cincinnati Reds museum. Hoy,
who played 14 seasons in majors, spent 4 seasons
with the Reds, and it was where he had his best
seasons (1894 thru 1897)!

 

 

 

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2013/09/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 20, 2013

 
— 67 million-to-one odds against a golfer

Beth Bates, a British golfer, shot two holes in one
in the same golf round. Mathematicians have said this
feat has 67 million to one odds. She is deaf, is
oral and does not know sign language. She is a member
of the British deaf golf team that competed against
other national deaf golf teams. Her golfing handicap
is 13.4.

 
— A traveling salesman saved life of a deaf girl

Many years ago, the family of Lottie Hinton, a young
deaf girl, living in the rural part of Lousiana,
never heard of Louisiana School for the Deaf. A
traveling hearing salesman, stopping by their house
to sell stuff, told them about Louisiana School
for the Deaf. The surprised family enrolled her
at the school. Years later, Lottie got married,
raised a family, had great jobs and also had a
great life. She passed away this week (Lottie Sevier).
All of her successes in life was because of that
traveling salesman!

 
— Deaf Man in Venezuela

If you are touring Caracas, the biggest city in
Venezuela, and also its capital, then there is
a Deaf Man. It is not a person but a name of a
building – the Deaf Man building. In Caracas,
the addresses are not numbers on the house
or store doors or the names of streets. The
addresses are the names of buildings. Examples
are Fat Lady, Trick Corner, Duck’s Tail …..
and….the Deaf Man. Why the Deaf Man? No idea,
but possibly many years ago a deaf man lived
in a building, the reason for giving him an
address!

 

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2013/09/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 19, 2013

 

— deaf person angry at FCC

The FCC allows public comments to be posted on its web site.
An angry deaf person made a comment that he wished FCC
to stop picking on VRS providers. He used the VRS to
ask for medical assistance for a family member that needed
attention. He was afraid that if more VRS providers shut
down then it makes harder for the deaf to get emergency
assistance (police, fire, medical).

 

 

— the cops that laugh at a deaf man

A deaf man was arrested for something he didn’t
know why. He asked for an interpreter and wanted
to know the reason for the arrest. The cops refused
to provide him with an interpreter and in fact,
laughed at him! The cops roughed him up when he
repeatedly asked for the interpreter. Even the
judge was puzzled why there was no interpreter
for him. For that reason, he has filed a lawsuit.

 

 

— a magazine says deafness is a problem in sports

The Biology of Sport magazine said that deafness may
prevent athletes from developing their skills to become
elite performers. True? No. Curtis Pride played
major league baseball. Jim Kyte played major league
hockey. Lance Allred played major league basketball
and right now, we have a new major league football
player in Derrick Coleman. We’ve had past Olympic
champions that were deaf.

 

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