2014/01/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 31-February 1, 2014

— hearing ear dog in an unusual, but dangerous, job

A deaf person using his hearing ear dog to help him with
his unusual, but dangerous job? Yes – as a truck driver!
This job is dangerous for many reasons, and hearing truck
drivers must listen for noise and sounds while on the
road. Yes, deaf truck drivers deal with these same
dangerous situations, using their eyes instead of their
ears. But for one deaf truck driver, he uses his hearing
ear dog to alert him to noise and sounds. Seems he’s the
only deaf truck driver to use a hearing ear dog.

 

— a national network of deaf realtors

Jackie Roth, a deaf realtor in New York, who was profiled
in DeafDigest a while ago, is slowly building up a network
of deaf realtors – to better serve the deaf that want
to buy or sell houses anywhere in USA. How good is the
network? So far, she has referred 15 deaf clients to
the network of 9 agents – resulting in seven deals,
plus 3 more soon-to-be deals! It takes time to build
a bigger network but this is a great start!

 

 

— Netflix still a joke in the Deaf Community

We have a love-hate relationship with Netflix. They
are the best when it comes to a wide choice of videos
to watch. They are the worst when it comes to captions.
Netflix, after much arguing with us, has promised to
caption all of their videos. But the quality of their
videos stinks! A national news website recently
scolded Netflix for not doing much to improve the
quality of their captions. Does Netflix care? Probably
not because their #1 worry is making more and more
money!

 

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2014/01/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 30, 2014

— another deaf participant on Super Bowl Day!

It was just learned that Derrick Coleman is not the
only deaf participant on Super Bowl Day! There is
another one. The surprise participant is Aurora,
who is described as very, very smart, and acts as
a diva wide receiver, very quick with moves and
not afraid of opponents. Huh! It is a deaf
liver-spotted Dalmatian puppy that will play in the
Puppy Bowl that is always shown on Super Bowl Day.
She is the first deaf puppy to take part in the
Bowl – the same as with Derrick Coleman. Will a
deaf family adopt deaf Aurora? Anyway, do watch
the Puppy Bowl. It is always good for laughs!

 

 

— IRS stops offering free tax preparation services for the deaf

In the past IRS offices gave free tax preparation services for
deaf tax payers. No more. Why? The IRS spokesperson said
that too few deaf tax payers have used these free services
in the past. Is it scary for the deaf that need help with
tax preparations? Well, there are some deaf social service
agencies that help with tax preparations. It is just that
the deaf must be made aware of these services. Do we have
deaf tax preparers? Yes, but the same thing – the deaf
must know who these preparers are – and also, these services
are not free.

 

— university ASL club in a different activity

Many high schools and colleges offer ASL classes for their
hearing students. Some students take ASL and deaf issues
seriously; others don’t, just hoping to get an easy 4.0 grade
out of it. But for Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas,
there is a nice twist to their ASL class. The students worked
with other campus organizations and the Habitat for Humanity
to build a home for a deaf woman and her family! Other
ASL classes won’t do it, but at the Texas university, they
did!

 

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2014/01/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 29, 2014

— more about Derrick Coleman

Looking for Derrick and his #40 jersey at the Super Bowl?
Click on http://www.nfl.com/inactives before the game
starts to make sure he is playing; eight Seahawks players
will be inactive for the game; coaches always make last
minute roster moves. If Derrick plays, look for him on
Special Teams because he really plays very little on
offense. Will he be made active? He played 12 games and
2 playoff games this season, missing four games. So, will
he definitely play? While newspaper stories on him have been
heavy, DeafDigest thinks coach Carroll will activate him
for the game because he is best with the Special Teams.

 

 

— music industry not wanting deaf to attend musical events?

Do the music people in Great Britain avoid selling tickets to
deaf musical lovers? There was a story in a British newspaper
saying that online reservations for musical events are not
accessible to the deaf. And by not being accessible to the
deaf and the disabled, it has cost the industry approximately
2.5 million tickets, valued at $110 million dollars annually!
A group of mystery shoppers tried out these online reservation
systems and the came out saying the system stinks for the deaf!

 

 

— these messed up CART assignments

DeafDigest editor asked a friend, who is deaf and is an
attorney if he had CART problems. He said that sometimes
CART reporters are stuck in bad traffic. Sometimes CART
equipment does not work – an example would be a set of
dead batteries! When that happens, there is nothing the
deaf attorney could do about it!

 

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2014/01/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 28, 2014

— a familiar deaf face coming back to TV

A popular TV reality program is The Amazing Race.
The 2014 edition will start on February 23rd.
One of the returning teams is the Maggie O.Donnell-
Luke Adams team which excited the nation in the
past. While mother Maggie is hearing, son Luke is deaf.

 

— deaf fan knows Super Bowl trivia and facts

Kavin Caruso, a deaf resident of Atlanta, is a
Super Bowl fan and also a Super Bowl trivia whiz.
Who won the Super Bowl in 1976? What was the date
of the 1984 Super Bowl? Which TV network aired
the 1994 Super Bowl? What college did the 1971
Super Bowl MVP attend? Kavin knows them all.
Not just the Super Bowl, but also the past
TV programs, past musicals, past actors as well
as with other different sports. His goal is to
attend a community college to study bookkeeping
in hopes of finding a job in that field.

 

— deaf may not see some Super Bowl commercials!

Many of us will watch the Super Bowl on TV. For some
of them, they are only interested in the commercials
and not the game itself! They want to know which
commercials are captioned and which are not. Well,
in Canada, it may be different. There was a story
going today on that some TV broadcasters in Canada
would not show American commercials, instead, using
their own commercials! And that these commercial
switches have been going on for years. Who knows,
could some deaf Canadians drive to nearby American
towns just to watch these Super Bowl captioned
(and non-captioned) commercials?

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2014/01/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 27, 2014

— a 12 year old hearing child interprets during mother’s childbirth!

At a London hospital, deaf mother Nadia Hassan gave birth; the
interpreter during the birth was her 12-year old daughter Hulusi
Bati. The family was very angry about it. The hospital said
there was no time to find a last minute interpreter because
of the birth complications. The daughter, while knowing basic
sign language, was not able to interpret these complicated
medical words. And even worse, when the mother and the baby
stayed at the hospital for one week for medical follow ups,
the interpreter was not available most of the time.

 

— HUD allows deaf to live in deaf subsidized housing

The Apache ASL Trails in Arizona, subsidized by the Housing
and Urban Development, is now allowed to have 100 percent deaf
residents. This was always the goal of the Apache ASL Trails,
but the HUD didn’t like it because it discriminated against
hearing residents. After two years of legal dispute with the
Apache ASL Trails officials, the HUD gave up.

 

 

— Paralympics treats deaf like second class citizens?

The International Paralympic Committee always wanted to
control the Deaflympics. We have refused because we are
able bodied, and that we are able to compete with hearing
athletes on equal terms. The most recent Paralympics
took place in 2012 in London. Past Deaflympics president
Craig Crowley, who is deaf, told the BBC Sportshour
people during a TV talk show interview that deaf were treated
like second class citizens during that 2012 Paralympics.
This accusation was quickly denied by the Paralympics
officials, but DeafDigest thinks Crowley was correct.

 

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