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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 29, 2013

— Gallaudet says laws against drugs are not working

In a short newspaper story, Gallaudet said that laws against
drugs are not working. Who at Gallaudet University made that
comment? It is Denny Gallaudet, who does not work for
Gallaudet University, but is a retired school superintendent
and also a former president of a small town bank in Maine!
Is Denny Gallaudet related to the famous Gallaudet family?
Don’t know.


— a Boston University writer loves captioning errors

Rich Barlow, not deaf, is responsible for BU Today, which
is Boston University’s news website. He wrote that he loves
captioning errors. We hate captioning errors but he loves
it. He wrote “Why I Hope Closed Caption Typos Never Go Away
Completely.” Why? He said that errors tell us that we are
human beings, and not machines that function too perfectly.
And most important of all, we need something to laugh in
a world that makes us tense much of the time!
(DeafDigest editor, by the way, hates these errors).

— real estate value of CSD buildings, now for sale

The Communication Services for the Deaf more or less have
moved its headquarters to Austin, Texas. Its’ buildings
in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, located next to the
campus of South Dakota School for the Deaf, are up for
sale. What is the asking price for its four buildings
and 2 1/2 acres of land? Just 5 million dollars!




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 28, 2013

— world’s toughest athletic event named after a deaf person

Gertrude Ederle became famous for being the first woman
to swim the English channel (1926). She had serious hearing
loss since childhood and later became deaf. She then taught
swimming at Lexington School for the Deaf. She passed away in
2003. Not wanting to forget her, the annual “from New York
City to New Jersey” 17.5 mile swimming race is named after her.
It is called “Ederle Swim” – there is a limit of 25 elite long
distance swimmers that could race in that event.


— many British physicians refuse to cooperate with CI people!

In Great Britain, the CI people are complaining that many
physicians are refusing to advise deaf patients to get an
implant. Why? These physicians do not really understand
what is a CI and the risks and dangers of these implants.
As a result, the CI people are pushing for these doctors
to learn more about the implants!



— making a full time living with these ADA lawsuits!

Who gets rich with these ADA lawsuits? Attorneys? Yes,
but there are a few disabled people trying to make
a living with these ADA lawsuits. Do keep in mind
that some of the New York deaf people involved with
the Starbucks lawsuit are in it, hoping to get money.
In Sacramento, California, a disabled man has filed
2,200 lawsuits in the past, including 59 this year.
He spends each day scouting stores and shops in the
city, hoping to find more ADA violations to sue them!





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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 27, 2013


— a tale of a lost CI

a four-year old deaf girl, while playing with friends on the
streets, lost her CI. Her parents could not find it; the parents
asked friends to help look for it. They could not find it. As a
result, over 1,000 people, most of them strangers, joined in to
look for the lost CI. After a lot of searching, the lost CI
was found. Where in USA did that happen? No, it was in Yinchuan,
a city of 810,000 people in China!


— A double-deaf participant in a sporting event

What is a double-deaf participant? Deaf in both ears?
No. Joseph Lockwood, who is deaf, won the Louisiana
state championship in Hunter Jumper horse riding
competition. Why double deaf? Because his horse
is deaf! Hunter jumper? Horses, in riding competition,
jump over fences and the judges vote for the rider and
the horse that jumps the best.


— whose idea was the Phoenix TV Deaf and Hearing Network?

Last week DeafDigest mentioned the new Phoenix TV Deaf
and Hearing Network that would be aired in January 2014.
Whose idea was it? It was the idea and dream of Peyton
Gallovich, who is not deaf. She is a sophomore at
Arizona State University, and has dreamed of starting
her own television network. After taking sign language
courses at the university, she was inspired to create
the Deaf and Hearing Network. DeafDigest hopes it will
be successful because many deaf TV programs have closed
up after being aired for only a short time.




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 26, 2013


— one of Kentucky’s best buildings

The Kentucky Educational Television asked Kentuckians
to vote for their best buildings. One of the winning
buildings is the Jacobs Hall Museum. What is so special
about that building? It is the most famous building
in the state, exhibiting Civil War history. Where is
that building? In Danville, on the campus of Kentucky
School for the Deaf! This museum is open to the public,
especially for those that are interested in Civil War.


— Our ASL interpreters joining an union?

DeafDigest editor received an email from an interpreter,
saying she is a member of the ASL Interpreters Union.
Interpreters complaining about working conditions
and talking about forming an union are not old issues.
These issues were discussed in the past – but ASL
Interpreters Union? A google search revealed that
Pacific Media Workers Guild represents a group of
interpreters, but not all interpreters.


— operation for a deaf child canceled because of cruel reason

A deaf child was scheduled for an operation at Seattle’s
Children’s Hospital. The child was born without ears and
without eardrums. The operation was supposed to fix it.
But it was canceled. Why? The family’s car was stolen.
After few days of waiting, the car could not be found.
The family needed the car to drive from Tacoma to Seattle
for that operation. DeafDigest feels bad about it and
hopes there is a way for the family to get the car and for
the operation to take place.




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 25, 2013

— two big career changes for an ASL interpreter

Deborah Gilboa was a former stage manager of Deaf West
Theater in Los Angeles. This was her first career.
Moving to Pittsburgh, she became ASL interpreter.
This was her 2nd career. She is now into her third
career – as ASL-signing physician! She works at the
Squirrel Hill Health Center in Pittsburgh and has
about 100 deaf patients. How important is interpreting
for deaf patients? She said that handwritten notes
is not sufficient!



— deaf person studying for MA in Cartoon Studies

A program in Cartoon Studies offering a MA for its
graduates! A joke? No. There is a Center for Cartoon
Studies in Hartford, Vermont (not Connecticut).
Carlisle Robinson, a Gallaudet graduate, is a MA
student at that program. Why Cartoon Studies?
Her goal is to work with comics, combining ASL
with English as a new way to help the deaf to
learn better.



— a lucky deaf criminal?

Peter Drinnan, a deaf criminal from Scotland, is
a lucky person! He was arrested for vandalism and
for sending abusive text messages. After two days
in the lock up, the judge had to release him,
and he is a free man! Why? Because a sign language
interpreter could not be found for him after two
days of looking around for one!




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 22, 2013


— a dream weekend for deaf NFL fans (with a group picture)

Deaf fans and hearing fans root for their favorite
NFL teams. A group of deaf fans had a dream weekend,
a stadium tour, visiting the team dressing room,
sitting in the team conference room, sitting in
the suite seats – all that with an interpreter!
Also a private luncheon with Mark Murphy, Green Bay
Packers’ CEO/President. It took place on September 15th
when Packers defeated Washington Redskins, 38-20 at
the Lambeau Field. Vaughn Hallada, a rabid Packers
fan and Woody Boxer, rabid Redskins fan, made this
possible. A group of 20 deaf fans from all over USA,
flew to Green Bay to enjoy the weekend. Included in
the group were four members of Gallaudet’s 1971
legendary Dirty Thirty football team.


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— a deaf opera singer learning to speak and hear at age 12?

There is a story that David Serero, a popular worldwide
opera singer, was born deaf. And that after so many
operations, he finally learned how to speak and to hear
at the age of 12. Do we believe it? Normally at age of 12,
it is too late for a deaf child to learn to hear and speak
perfectly. Maybe the writer was exaggerating this newspaper

— finally – closed captions on airline flights!

Southwest Airlines will start showing closed captioned
video programs in early 2014. This announcement was made
in today’s news. It was felt that the aircraft people
were “waiting” for the first airline to show captions,
before they will “follow” with their own captions!
It is about time because FCC said in 2006 that all
airlines must show captions, yet all airlines gave
excuses for avoiding captions – until now – the
Southwest Airlines. Other airlines – Emirates,
Swiss, Lufthansa and Virgin Australia said they will
show captions on some, not all, flights.




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