2013/11/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 21, 2013

— Gallaudet football team practicing at New York Giants facility

The Gallaudet football team, getting ready for their big NCAA
national playoffs game on Saturday against Hobart, is practicing
at the New York Giants facility. There is a link! NY Giants
coach Tom Coughlin, as a young man in the seventies, coached the
RIT club football team. Three or four players on the club football
team were NTID students. One of them said Coughlin was a tough,
but treated his players fair (RIT no longer has a football team).

 

— a bullied deaf girl in a comic book

Shoko, a deaf girl, is being bullied by Masaya, who is not deaf.
This is a story of fiction that is being published in a comic
book called “The Form of Voice”. This comic book is part of
Kodansha, a Japanese weekly magazine. It revolves around the
deaf girl and the hearing boy that grew up through school years.
Eventually, at the end of the comic book story, Masaya, the bully,
has to deal with his own problems. Did Shoko, the deaf girl, have
this last laugh? Don’t know because the comic book is in Japanese,
not in English.

 
— a deaf woman of influence in Washington, DC?

Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, was the 1995 Miss America.
She married John McCallum, and they have four sons. They live
in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Her husband, a Republican, is
in the running for the House of Representatives. If he wins,
will Heather try to influence her husband on deaf issues
and deaf policies? Heather wears a CI and while she is fluent
in ASL, has supported oral education of the deaf. Will be
interesting!

 

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2013/11/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 20, 2013

 

— deaf and hearing to work together on new TV news program

Beginning in January 2014, a group of deaf and hearing
people will work together with a Phoenix (Arizona) TV
news program. The news people on TV are deaf and will
be using ASL. Their signs are being voiced by hearing
people. Said in a news release – we are changing the
way a traditional newsroom is run so anyone can run
the show. Will it work? Will the advertisers like it?
Will have to wait until January to see how it comes out!

 
— sign language rings?

Sign language rings? Put on a ring on your finger and it
helps communicate in sign language! Crazy? Well, a company
is working on a Sign Language Ring – actually several rings
and a bracelet. It is supposed to read the motions of a
deaf person and tell the hearing person what the deaf person
is saying! Will it work? It is still in design and the name
of the company is not known, but it already won praises.

 

— catching up on special deaf police group

Months ago, DeafDigest mentioned “Angels of Silence” which
is a special deaf police group in Oaxaca, Mexico. They
watch TV monitors and tell the regular police officers when
they see something illegal going on. Is it successful? Yes,
recently they caught an illegal street drug sale and told
the police about it and the drug sellers were arrested.
It was the idea of Oaxaca state Gov. Gabino Cue, who
wanted to hire the deaf instead of having them sit at
home doing nothing. And it has already attracted interest
from police departments in England, Arab Emirates, Germany,
and Argentina!

 

 

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2013/11/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 19, 2013

 
— a possible deaf player in Australian Rules Football

Many of us have watched Australian Rules Football on
ESPN or on any of these cable sports channels. This
sport is wild, fast, dangerous, fascinating, exciting
and sometimes strange. There has never been a deaf
player on the highest level (like NFL) in Australian
Football. Alex Hickey, age 18, is deaf and plays for
Geelong Falcons, a junior level team. People in
Australia are saying he may be drafted to play for
one of these highest level Australian Football teams.

 
— Six years to create interpreter rules

In Michigan, everyone agrees that deaf people must have
interpreters. In 2007, the state legislators agreed that
state Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing should write
interpreter rules. Six years later, still waiting and
waiting. Whose fault? State department of Civil Rights
did not like it. There were several hearings. Hospitals
and doctors hated these rules. Finally everyone compromised,
but still more public hearings. Hospitals and doctors say
interpreters must understand medical words. Etc, etc, etc.
Six years, then seven years, then eight years? Who suffers?
We, the deaf, all suffer!

 

— a deaf owned coffee cafe

Two deaf partners, Angie Leong and Kent Cheong,
own a coffee cafe that is open for breakfast
and lunch seven days a week. The name of the cafe is
Coffee Sprex. It is a perfect partnership because
Angie is better in brewing these coffee varieties,
and Kent is better in baking and cooking. Where
is that coffee cafe? It is in Kelana Jaya, a suburb
of Petaling Jaya (355,000 people) in Malaysia.
At the cafe, there are special menus where hearing
patrons point for orders.

 
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2013/11/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 18, 2013

 
— screaming helps deaf actress win audition!

Stephanie Nogueras, who is deaf, performed on the Grimm TV series,
as a mermaid. She won the audition in an unusual way – she was asked
by casting directors to scream! For Stephanie to scream was an uneasy
effort because of her deafness. She had no way of knowing if it was
a good scream or a bad scream. It, in fact, was the first time she
used her voice to play an acting role. With the Switched at Birth,
she plays the Natalie role but with no voice.

 

 

— arrested for stealing useless hearing aids

Thyvuth Lin, not deaf, was a long time employee with the Siemens
Hearing Instrument Inc factory. Greedy, he stole hearing aids and
sold these devices for low prices on eBay. He was caught when
eBay customers checked with the Siemens factory on warranty issues.
What Lin did not know was that these hearing aids were useless.
Hearing aids returned to the factory could not be sold again,
and are therefore useless.

 

— these medical emergency first responders

At the Brick Township in New Jersey, there was a training program
for about 35 new Community Emergency Response Team members. This
training program went through nine steps. Among these new members,
14 of them are deaf. They took these classes with help of interpreters.
They are trained to work with disaster relief, search and rescue,
medical emergencies, team organization, and terrorism. New Jersey’s
Office of Emergency Management provided support for these classes.
of Emergency Management. Exactly where is Brick Township? It is not
too far from Atlantic City.

 
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