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2013/09/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 27, 2013

 

— “TDI” accused of fraud in a NFL & Super Bowl scam

“TDI” has been accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission
of fraud, cheating people out of millions of dollars in a scam
that was supposed to involve the NFL and the Super Bowl.
Our “TDI”? No, it is the Thought Development Inc. Our TDI
is Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc – a much respected
national organization which advocates our deaf access to
telecommunications (telephones, relays, captions, etc).
Whew!

 

 

— a remarkable high ranking deaf vocational rehab official

We have many deaf vocational rehabilitation counselors. Many
years ago, there were very few until the hiring barriers
were cracked in the sixties and seventies. Who is the most
remarkable deaf counselor? It would be Vermont’s Will
Pendlebury. Not only he is deaf but he also has Usher syndrome!
Plus he may be the only known deaf counselor to serve as
regional manager. In Vermont, the state is divided into four
regional offices – and Will heads up one of these four regional
offices. Said an acquaintance “I do not know of any deaf
regional managers in any other states”

 

 

— Does Bollywood (India Hollywood) ignore deaf actors?

Bollywood is known as India Hollywood; their movies are
becoming very popular all over the world. A story said
that Bollywood helps create public awareness of the
deaf. Bollywood has produced these movies with deaf
characters – Koshish, Khamoshi, Black, Iqbal and
Barfi. All of these deaf roles were played by hearing
actors. How many deaf actors in these movies? Zero!
Discrimination? Yes.

 

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2013/09/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 26, 2013

 

— the weirdest deaf discrimination lawsuit!

The weirdest deaf discrimination lawsuit or the
World’s Dumbest Deaf Criminal or both? A deaf
man wanted to rob a bank. The teller, knowing
he was deaf, got him into a slow and careful
conversation. The slowness allowed the police
to arrive to arrest him. The angry deaf bank
robber then filed a lawsuit against the bank
accusing it of discrimination!

 

 

— A monkey apology by a past AgBell Executive Director

George Fellendorf, who passed away recently, served
AgBell as the executive director (1962-1978). What
was one of his last acts on the job before he resigned?
He wrote a letter of apology to the National Association
of the Deaf. Apology for what? The deaf president of
AgBell gave a speech at the convention, mocking
ASL signers, saying they were monkeys. Fellendorf,
very embarrassed about it, apologized on behalf of
AgBell.

 

 

— an update on Ashley Fiolek, past champion motocross racer

Ashley Fiolek, a 22 year old deaf woman, won five pro
national motocross racing championships. She was sponsored
by the Red Bull, a big energy drink company. Then last
year she announced that she would not be racing motocrosses
any more, wanting to move up to racing cars. A year later
– what is she doing right now? She says she is touring USA,
making personal appearances and giving motivational speeches.
Will she race again? Do not know!

 

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2013/09/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 25, 2013

— a bad captioning suggestion

A lawsuit has been filed against University of Maryland
for not captioning their scoreboards at their two arenas –
the Comcast and Byrd fieldhouses. University of Maryland
said scoreboard captions are NOT important because fans
can use their tablets or smartphones to catch the mobile
captions. It is a sick suggestion – fans cannot watch the
small captions on their devices and watch the game at the
same time. Also, wifi and satellite connections are often
up and down in indoor facilities anywhere, including
Maryland.

 

 

— famous deaf musician Evelyn Glennie’s biggest fear

Evelyn Glennie, a deaf percussionist, is one of the world’s
most famous musicians. She cannot hear music, but feels
the vibrations on her bare feet while playing the
instruments. What is her biggest fear? That she would
feel the different vibrations and then play the instruments
with wrong beats, thus confusing the audience!

 

 

— making fun on Facebook of a woman’s deafness

Kevin Hector, a Briton, was arrested for making fun on
Facebook of a woman’s deafness. The court decided that
he will not go to jail – but instead – must perform
100 hours of community service within six months.
If he does not finish the service, he will go to jail.
Also, he was fired from his job. The deaf woman did not
know that she was posted on Facebook until her friends
told her about it.

 

 

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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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