2013/10/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 31, 2013

 
— a deaf dancer in a big performance

Zahna Moss, a young deaf woman, is a talented dancer.
Just recently she was part of a dance group that
performed for an event at the San Diego Dance Theater.
It was Trolley Dances, a long time dance tradition
in the San Diego hearing cultural community. Her
dream is to dance professionally. Way back in the
1970’s, a deaf man – Sam Edwards danced professionally
and was on a TV dance performance.

 

— Microsoft sign language device is bad

Microsoft has developed the Kinect, which is supposed to
translate our sign language. How good is it? It was only
able to translate one of 13 words into sign language.
What! Our ASL that hard to translate? No, it was the
Chinese Sign Language! Well, there are two sign languages
in China – the Southern Chinese Sign Language and the
Northern Chinese Sign Language. Perhaps Kinect got confused?

 
— Deaf wife’s interpreter in court is her husband!

A hard of hearing man in Alabama was punched in the face by a
neighbor. He filed charges against the neighbor. In the
courtroom, he asked for an interpreter. There was none. The
county gave him a choice – to wait for the interpreter, thus
delaying the trial or to go ahead with the trial with himself
as interpreter. He decided to go ahead with the trial, but
having to interpret his wife’s testimony. He lost the case and
is very angry about it. He is planning to file charges against
the state, saying that Alabama law allows him to have an
interpreter.

 

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2013/10/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 30, 2013

— sign language banned in the court room

A deaf trial is going on in Maryland. The
Howard County circuit court Judge Judge William
Tucker told everyone that sign language and
obvious facial expressions were not permitted
during the trial. Only interpreters and
witnesses could use sign language. A shocked
attorney, specializing in ADA, said it was
the first time he heard about it. But another
attorney said the judge has the right to set
court room rules.

 

— a deaf resident’s problems with the smoke alarm

In Blackburn, England, Ken Jarvis, who is deaf, has
a big problem with the smoke alarm in his house.
Five or six times in recent months, the firemen
came to his house because the alarm went on while
he was cooking his meals. This alarm lacks a
flashing light, and he does not know if alarm went
on. He has asked for help, but no one – the fire
department, the home association and the social
worker knows what to do! Strange because the deaf
in USA have flashing lights.

 

 

— deaf rapper Sean Forbes’ biggest fear

Sean Forbes is the world’s best known Deaf Rapper.
He goes on tours with his musical performances.
Everyone has a fear. What is Sean’s biggest fear?
That his hearing aid would not work – in middle of
his performance on the stage. It, in fact, happened
few weeks ago! He cannot interrupt his performance
to change batteries. He had to rely on memory and
on drum rhythm to cue him during the performance!

 

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2013/10/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 29, 2013

 
— Deaf children learning how to be deaf?

Lecturer Joseph Valente, not deaf, is giving
a lecture at Bucknell University in
Pennsylvania. His topic is “How Deaf Children
Learn to be Deaf.” He says it is about
bilingualism. DeafDigest editor thought deaf
children are supposed to learn about these
3 R’s – reading, writing, arithmetic, the
same as hearing children?

 

— a cruel bedroom tax

Martyn Styles with his wife and deaf son, live in a
3-bedroom house in England. Martyn himself is deaf-blind.
and uses the third bedroom for Braille equipment and
computers. These devices allow him to stay connected
with the outside world. A Support Service Provider comes
in for assistance. Martyn is now faces a surprise
bedroom tax, which would cost him extra $65.00 per week.
He cannot afford the tax and is forced to chose between
keeping his house or with the Support Service Provider!
The British Deaf-Blind community is very angry about it.

 
— a drunk hearing driver gave the cops a crazy deaf story

Robert D. Bourque, not deaf, was caught driving while
drunk in Ontario. During the breathalizer test, he told
the cops that he poured alcohol into his ears to prove that
it will help cure deafness. The cops did not believe him and
arrested him. He is awaiting trial.

 

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2013/10/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 28, 2013

–small town anger at deaf person

DeafDigest mentioned that the Chakeres movie theater in
Frankfort, Kentucky was to be shut down in January,
not wanting to spend money to upgrade its digital equipment
to include captions. The closing has made people in the
town very angry, and they blamed a deaf person for filing
the lawsuit to force captions. The angry people used email
and social media to accuse the deaf person of being in the
lawsuit for the money. The deaf person said it was easier
to watch movies in Frankfort than to drive to a theater
in Lexington, about 30 miles away!

 
— two worst cruise ships for the deaf

What are the two worst cruise ships for deaf vacationers?
It is the Oceania and Holland America cruise lines.
No interpreters, no captions, no assistive devices,
no nothing! ADA? These cruise ships are not under
the American flag. If you wish to take a cruise
and want these accommodations, then you may need to
avoid both cruise lines!

 

— FCC continues to oppose a deaf cell phone app

For two years there was a request that FCC approve a cell
phone app that would help the deaf. Yet FCC continues to
say no. Why? This app would involve a stenographer that would
relay back to the deaf what the hearing person said. The
FCC says relay funds cannot be used to pay for that service.
FCC is scared that it will lead to relay fraud!

 

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2013/10/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 25, 2013

 
— how will Google Glass help the deaf?

Google Glass helping the deaf? Watching movie captions?
Possibly, but there is another way that people are saying
the Glass will help the deaf. It is supposed to read faces
of hearing people. If Google light flashes green, it means
hearing person is interested in you. If light flashes
yellow, it means hearing person is confused about you.
If light flashes red, it means hearing person is bored
with you! But what about hearing person that has no
facial expressions? Glass also is supposed to convert
hearing’s speech to text. Will it work if hearing person
has a heavy accent? There is so much about Glass that no
one really knows what it will do and what it will not do.

 

— a Deaf Song in Korea

There was a short story that DeafDigest does not believe
it. The story said that a group of students from the
Chungju Sungshim School for the Deaf sang the Korean
national anthem before a baseball game was to start.
Did the students actually sing the national anthem
with their deaf voices that hearing people do not
understand. Or did the writer mean sign-singing or
singing?

 
— a “lucky” deaf criminal no longer lucky!

In Massachusetts, a deaf criminal had his case dismissed
by the judge. Why? Because he wanted a speedy trial,
which was impossible because of lack of interpreters!
Lucky deaf criminal? Yes, but his luck turned bad –
because the the higher court ruled that the judge
was wrong for dismissing the case! As a result, the
deaf man has to face trial. Speaking of lack of
interpreters, this is strange since Massachusetts
has many interpreters.

 

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2013/10/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 24, 2013

 
— a deaf push button design

Open Data Challenge Series is a contest in England where
contestants try to win the big money prize by designing
the best device to help the police solve crime. One of
the contestants is designing a device that allows the
deaf to alert the police of a crime – without using
the telephone. Pretty much looks like a deaf push
button. Just press on it, and the cops will come!

 

— the most popular deaf person lost the contest

DeafDigest mentioned that Justin LeBlanc, a
deaf man. competed on the Project Runway
TV reality show. It was learned that the
audience loved Justin; he was their most
popular contestant. Many of Justin’s fans
felt he was the favorite to win the Project
Runway. Unfortunately the judges didn’t agree!
In real life he teaches fashion at North Carolina
State University.

 
— the dumbest deaf comment by a politician

Politicians often make dumb comments. It is not
surprising because they love to give speeches
and from time to time they say something wrong
without thinking about it, and when that happens
it gets embarrassing. The worst deaf comment
by a politician was Carty Finkbeiner, former
mayor of Toledo, Ohio. He suggested that deaf
people buy homes near the Toledo Airport, thinking
airplane noise will not bother them!

 

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2013/10/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 23, 2013

 
— Microsoft and Nokia help the deaf during taxi rides

In Dubai, there is a new taxi vehicle that will help
the deaf, thanks to software applications from
Microsoft and Nokia. Deaf passengers in the back of
the taxi will have a touchscreen. It helps make
taxi reservations, find out the fare, give directions
to the driver, tell driver to slow down, tell the
driver something, etc, etc.

 

— new discrimination at carry out restaurants

More restaurants discriminate against the deaf without
realizing they are discriminating! New checkout cash
registers do not have read-out display that tell us
the cost of the food order. Not funny if we try to
read the lips of the cashier – is she saying $6.16
or $16.16!

 
— long deaf 911 call versus short hearing 911 call

when a 911 call is made because of an emergency
the operator will ask for the name of the person,
the location of the call, the reason for the
call, plus few more questions. An emergency 911
center said it takes a deaf person seven times
longer than hearing to make an emergency call.
In other words, if it takes a hearing person
5 minutes; it may take the deaf person 35
minutes!

 

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