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2013/12/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 20, 2013

— $1,500 for scan of 70 different deaf genes

In the past it cost $1,800 for a scan of a single deafness gene
and it took 3 months of work. Now it costs $1,500 for a scan of
70 different deaf genes. The price will drop to as low as $500
in the future! This testing is for deaf people that want to know
if they have deaf genes. The NIH F30 Predoctoral Fellowship made
this research possible.

 

 

— loud complaining about a Seattle interpreter

Seattle Men’s Chorus is a popular musical event in Seattle,
Washington. Deaf people are complaining that the interpreter
is doing a bad job of interpreting the music. They are saying
that he interprets “for the benefit of” the hearing in the
audience as opposed to helping the deaf understand the music!
The Flying House Productions wants to hire a deaf coach to help
the interpreter sign better. The deaf group have refused, saying
the interpreter must be replaced with a better interpreter!
At this point, there is no solution.

 

— an easier way for Deaf Catholics to communicate during confessions

Deaf Catholics, making confessions, with hearing priests, sometimes
have communication problems. Rev. Romuald P. Zantua, not deaf, is a
retired priest that is computer-savvy. He has come up with a hook up
of two computers with special software installed in each. These two
computers allow communications in privacy. Zantua calls it the
St. Damien Confession Box, and has received feedback and advice
from priests and organizations that work with the Catholic Deaf.
Will this help? The trend has shifted towards open confessions
in many churches, instead of hidden confessions! This may mean
note-passing instead of using communication devices?

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2013/12/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 19, 2013

 
— another controversial deaf person passes away

Frances Parsons, while walking her dog in Washington, DC,
was hit by a car. She could not be saved at the hospital.
Frances was controversial because of her belief that sign
language was the key to educating deaf children from all
over the world. It became her world-wide crusade, traveling
to Asian nations during the seventies, spreading the sign
language gospel. Some educators would not agree with her
views, but she held forth with her beliefs. When not traveling
she taught art at Gallaudet and was the author of several books.

 
— the boss refused to use interpreter but hired the deaf person!

A deaf man applied for a job as a draftsman at a high tech company.
He brought an interpreter with him. The boss refused to allow the
interpreter in the interview room and told him to go home. In
the interview room, the deaf man and the boss communicated by
gestures and by notes. At the end, the deaf man was hired and
he worked for a long time with the company. Why did the boss
refuse to allow the interpreter? The boss wanted to find out
for himself if he could communicate one-on-one with the
deaf employee. The boss found out he was able to, and so,
was glad to make the hire. Did the deaf person complain about
ADA rights? No, he was just glad to get a good job!

 

— National Association of the Deaf becoming tri-lingual?

Is NAD a bi-lingual organization? Yes, communications are in
English and in ASL. Have always been bi-lingual for years.
Now – tri-lingual? Yes – the NAD web site now has information
in Spanish. What is next? Quad-lingual – adding Spanish
Sign Language (Spanish sign language in the Americas, not
Spanish sign language in Spain)? Won’t be surprised!

 

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2013/12/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 18, 2013

— a controversial anti-hearing person passes away

A facebook posting announced the death of Carl Schroeder
because of cancer. Before he became ill, Carl was
controversial because of his anti-hearing comments. He
felt that hearing people hate the deaf. It was the basis
of his “Deaf Hate Crime” lectures and many anti-hearing
blog postings. It created so much noise in the Deaf
Community for a while before it faded away. Carl said he
came from generations of deaf family members stretching way
back into the 11th century in the Netherlands! True or false?
Don’t know. He formerly taught English at Gallaudet before
moving to the west coast and teaching at several colleges.
Deaf activists either worshipped him or stayed away from him.

 

— mystery visitors helping the hard of hearing, not helping the deaf?

In Scotland, a group of mystery visitors toured musums, castles,
liquor distilleries, to see if these facilities were sensitive to the
needs of the hard of hearing. They looked for hearing loops everywhere
and scolded the operators of these facilities for lacking these
devices. But what about interpreters for the deaf. It was not important
to these mystery visitors! Who organized the group of these mystery
visitors – Action on Hearing Loss Scotland, which has no interest
in the needs of the deaf, only in the needs of the hard of hearing.
Painful discrimination? Yes!

 

— A deaf clown in school; a clown for life

Sergey Shashelev, a Russian who now lives in Florida, grew up loving
to clown in school, making classmates laugh. Years later he is still
clowning – only he does it professionally, for the Cirque du Soleil,
part of Walt Disney World. Cast members come and go, and he is still
with the original cast, still clowning. Even at the age of 53, he
has no plans to retire. His biggest worry right now? His hearing
clown partner of 15 years is leaving the cast, meaning he has to
work with a new clown partner. They must know each other’s moves,
body language, cues, etc, and it takes time! He was lucky that
his Russian teachers encouraged him to continue developing as
a clown instead of scolding him!

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2013/12/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 17, 2013

— Who is Lennard Davis, that said deaf were not welcome in colleges?

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned Lennard Davis as saying, sarcastically,
that the deaf were not welcome in colleges. Is he anti-deaf or having
a bad attitude towards the deaf? No way, as he is a Coda! His deaf father
was Morris Davis, a champion race walker during the 1920’s and 1930’s.
He would have been in the hearing Olympics, but for some reason he
wasn’t. Race walking? It is a race where the participants try to
walk the fastest to win. Morris, born in Great Britain, emigrated
to USA, and was a well known member of the New York City deaf
community. For the 1965 Deaflympics in Washington, DC, he tried
to coach a group of Gallaudet athletes to become race walkers.
Unfortanately they all dropped out of training! Morris decided
to be the sole American participant in the Deaflympics at the age
of 65-something. No, he did not win the race, competing against
walkers one-third of his age!

 

— Another police blunder with the deaf!

Janet Case, a deaf woman of Albuquerque, NM, was confronted by
the police, because of problems with her landlord. The police
told her to turn her back and face the wall Janet protested,
saying she was deaf. The angry police officer tackled her to
the ground, roughing her up before arresting her. The judge
threw it out of the court. The civil rights people are
upset about it. When arresting a deaf person there are two
things. First, cannot handcuff them behind their backs.
Second, cannot turn around their backs to face the wall.
Despite training at the police academy and at workshops,
there are always police officers that still do not know
how to do the right thing with the deaf! Landlord problems?
It was just noise by moving furniture around that tenants
complained to the landlord!

 

— Funny or not funny?

Hearing comedians, trying to make us laugh, use bad jokes
and bad humor. A perfect example was the Fake Mandela
interpreter. Who tried to make these stupid jokes?
Jimmy Kimmel, Will Ferrell, Keenan Thompson, Jay Pharoah,
Natalie Morales, Paul Whitehouse, Daniel Kaluuya and others.
These people are so desperate for jokes that it does not
matter to them that we, the deaf, are insulted. In the
past it was Lisa Lampanelli, Chelsea Lately, Frankie Boyle
and others.

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2013/12/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 16, 2013

— a college hints that deaf students are not welcome

Lennard J. Davis, a professor at the University of Illinois
at Chicago, wrote an article, hinting that deaf students are
not welcome. Yes, he was being sarcastic. He pointed out that
most events and lectures lack interpreters, and that when
one wants an interpreter, a request must be made in advance.
And many interpreters have poor signing skills. And for
last minute events, it is impossible to get an interpreter.
He also pointed out an irony – that nearly 170 colleges
accept sign language as a foreign language requirements,
but few offer real sign language courses.

 
— Two different types of flashing smoke detectors for us?

Are there two different types of flashing smoke detectors
for us – one for the deaf and the other one for hard of impaired?
The Worcester Telegram (MA) newspaper ran this announcement –
The fire department and Board of Health will request deaf or
hearing-impaired smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for
town residences at no cost. For the deaf or for the hearing
-impaired? Must select one but not the other? DeafDigest knows
the writer was careless – he should have wrote “for the
deaf/hearing-impaired”

 

— 30th president of USA to be honored by the US Mint

The 30th president of USA was Calvin Coolidge. There will be
a $1.00 coin minted in his honor in this coming year 2014.
Each presidential coin has a First Spouse Coin version.
Coolidge’s wife Grace taught at Clarke School for the Deaf
before she married her husband. What is the big irony?
That the proposed coin design has Grace on it and it shows
finger spelling of the letters U-S-A! Clarke School has never
permitted sign language! Will the Clarke alumni be upset?
Many of them use sign language. It probably may be the
administration that will be upset. This information was
provided by Kenneth S. Rothschild. The First Spouse coin,
by the way, will be minted in gold and while it has a $5.00
value – the price of the coin itself will be in the $800.00
range. However, there will be a modified design for an
afforable bronze medal offering.

 

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