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2014/01/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 24, 2014

 
— Cochlear Ltd loses $131.2 million copyright case

Both Cochlear Ltd and Advanced Bionics hate each other.
Advanced Bionics accused Cochlear Ltd of copying their
patents. Cochlear Ltd said they did not copy the patents.
The jury did not agree and said Cochlear Ltd owes
Advanced Bionics $131.2 million dollars. Cochlear Ltd
said they will file an appeal. This case will probably
last another 5-10 years before it ends.

 

— an attorney trick in the court room

A deaf man was arrested because of a crime.
For some reason, his attorney wanted to delay
the court trial, and he quickly saw an
advantage. The police, while filing out the
arrest paperwork, made no mention of his deafness.
The court clerk didn’t know it; the judge didn’t
know it. And the attorney kept quiet about it.
And when the deaf man came to the court to face
the trial, the attorney pointed out that there
was no interpreter! For that reason, the trial
was delayed. It didn’t happen in USA, but in Malaysia.

 
— Soccer fans in Scotland make fun of a deaf player

Philip John Dolan, is a deaf member of the hearing
Kilsyth Rangers soccer team that plays league
games in Scotland. Playing against Largs Thistle
soccer team, Dolan scored a goal, making opposing
fans angry. They shouted comments that made fun
of Dolan’s deafness. Very angry about it, the
Scottish soccer federation has warned Largs Thistle
fans. The club management is also angry about it
and may ban alcohol in the stadium during games.

 

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2014/01/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 23, 2014

 
— a big risk with Google Glass?

The Google Glass is capable of showing movie
captions for the benefit of the deaf user.
But it carries a risk! A hearing user of Google
Glass at a Ohio movie house (he wasn’t watching
captions) was pulled out by the FBI and questioned
for three hours, thinking he may be a spy. After
three hours, the FBI decided he did nothing wrong
and let him go. What if – in the future – at a
different movie house, a deaf person was using
Google Glass to watch captions? Would the FBI
arrest him, thinking Google Glass was helping him
spy something?

 

— the best deaf chef in Toronto

Quinn Cruise, a young deaf woman, is a chef,
specializing in Asian food. Her favorite
dish is Japanese hamburger bowl. She can also
do Italian dishes. Even though she graduated
from a collegiate culinary program, no one would
hire her because of her deafness. Not giving up,
she continued to look and finally found a
job as a chef at a Toronto restaurant.

 
— loving the freezing weather

Do people love the freezing weather? Well,
Richard, a deaf man, loves it (his last name
is not known). His job is to wear a costume all
day in front of a tax preparation business
in Waltham, MA, trying to attract people that
need to get their taxes done. Is it cruel
for him? Richard said no. He was thrilled when
the tax preparation business owner offered him
the job. Yes, he wears enough clothes to keep
himself warm in freezing weather.

 

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2014/01/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 22, 2014

— captions on these 4K UHD TV sets?

Are the 4K UHD video screens our TV sets of the future?
Captions? Yes and no! Yes, because captions can be done.
No, because number of captioning providers may be too
few. Also, if not enough 4K programs, then people may
not buy these 4K UHD TV sets. Same problem with
3D TV which flopped!

 

 

— ASL during Super Bowl?

Famous actress Amber Zion will sign in ASL the National
Anthem at the Super Bowl. Great? Well, in the past
our ASL signers have been hidden from the screen.
We will see what happens. Anyway, Amber Zion is a
graduate of Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
that moved to Hollywood and made it great! Her maiden
name while at the school was Stanton.

 

 

— Deaf teacher wins $50,000 because of no interpreter

Teacher Kamaldeen Alabi is deaf and taught math at a
public school in Atlanta, GA. He had an interpreter with
him in the classroom. Then the Atlanta Public Schools
stopped providing him with an interpreter because it
was expensive. He was transferred to another school
that had deaf students in his classes, thus no need
for an interpreter. Angry, he filed a lawsuit and
won $50,000.

 

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2014/01/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 21, 2014

— a deaf tennis player at Australian Open right now

Australian Open is one of the world’s most important tennis
tournaments. And there is a deaf player that is entering the
third round of that tournament. It is Duck-Hee Lee from
South Korea. He survived two rounds in the Open Boys
singles division and is going to face his third round opponent.
Open Boys is a tournament for world’s best tennis players,
age 18 and under.

 

 

— a hacked video relay account?

Is it possible for a deaf hacker to get into someone’s video
relay account? Yes, according to an angry deaf relay user.
His account has been hacked; the hacker has been hiding himself
through different locations. The angry deaf relay user
had two choices – to change his password or to stop using
that relay service. He decided to stop using that relay
service and switch to another relay service.

 

— interpreter at a popular restaurant in Texas

A popular Texas restaurant is using an interpreter to help
communications between the waiter and the deaf patron.
A real-live interpreter? No. The restaurant uses iPad which
reaches the interpreting service. Deaf person really needing
an interpreter if he could just point to the menu? Well, the
waiter may want to explain the specials, not on the menu. Or
the waiter would want to know if the patron wants his steak
rare, or medium or well done? Or if the patron wants to order
a very special drink that the bartender may have never heard of!

 

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2014/01/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 20, 2014

— will Derrick Coleman play in the Super Bowl?

Derrick Coleman’s team, the Seattle Seahawks, will play in
the Super Bowl. It does not mean that Derrick himself will
play. All NFL teams have 53 players on the roster, but on
game days, only 45 players are selected to play; the
8 other players are out of luck. All teams must announce
their game rosters (of 45 players) one hour before the
game starts. It is up to coach Pete Carroll to select
Derrick or not. Derrick is the team’s best Special Teams
player (kickoffs, punts, field goal attempts) while sometimes
playing fullback. Sometimes special teams players are not
selected to play on game days. DeafDigest hopes that Derrick
will definitely play.

 

 

— a real hostage situation involving the deaf

last week’s DeafDigest mentioned a workshop in Texas
to deal with a scary possibility of interpreters being
involved in a shooting situation. Well, a real hostage
situation took place, again in Texas, involving a deaf
suspect. What did the SWAT do? Gave the deaf suspect
a Skype to have him communicate with the interpreter and
the police. Fortunately after nearly 7 hours of tense
standoff, the deaf suspect gave up. Maybe a Skype is
better than a live interpreter in these tense situations!

 

— scams trying to trick deaf job seekers!

A deaf woman, who is a health aide, was not looking for a
job as a caregiver, but it was offered her. She was
shocked because she didn’t apply for that job. She was
instructed to accept an upfront check of nearly $2,400
that was sent her by priority mail. Against her better
judgement, she deposited the check, and it bounced – and
she now owes the bank $2,400!

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2014/01/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 17, 2014

— are we forgetting other deaf NFL players?

there is so much publicity over Derrick Coleman,
Seattle Seahawks, who is just one win away from
reaching the Super Bowl that we would easily
forget something. He is not the first profoundly
deaf player in NFL. Bonnie Sloan played in
the NFL in 1973 with St Louis (now Arizona)
Cardinals. An oralist, he did not know signs.
The second one was Kenny Walker, who played
for Denver Broncos in 1991 and 1992. He was not
an oralist and used ASL. Derrick is the third one.

 

— a famed deaf moviemaker comes back

Before the movies went digital, the #1 deaf filmmaker
was Peter Wolf with his Deafula, I Love You, But and
Think Me Nothing movies. He has been quiet for the past
10-15 years but has come back – with a re-made
“I Love you, But” movie that is being featured next
month in a Thousand Oaks, CA moviehouse. The
original film was shot in 35 mm, and is being
presented with new digital 5.1 stero surround sound.
This movie available for sale on DVD or through a
digital distribution? No. Must come to the moviehouse!
Captioned? Voice? Yes on both. Glad to see you back,
Peter!

 

— Deaf students hate this type of interpreting

Riverland Community College in Minnesota has
deaf students attending classes. Interpreter?
Yes, but not in person, but through students’
iPads. They hate it, even if the interpreting
on the screen is clear and sharp. Why? Because
iPad does not help them mingle with hearing
students and professors before and after the
classes. Nothing beats a live, in-person
interpreter!

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2014/01/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 16, 2014

— we have an overlooked deaf professional football player

Derrick Coleman is not the only professional football
player right now that is deaf. We have another one –
Tony Tatum, from Gallaudet. He tried out for the pro
scouts, and he played a few games with Utah Blaze
(Arena Football League) last season. He is now with
Cleveland Gladiators, another team in the AFL. The
Gladiators have players from Purdue, Ohio State,
Virginia, Marshall, Indiana, etc – these big time
NCAA-I programs, as compared to Gallaudet’s NCAA-III
level. Plus many former NFL players are playing in the
AFL.

 

— a wrong device for a hard of hearing man

A hard of hearing deaf man. registering for a hearing
convention at a California hotel, asked for a set of
assistive listening devices. When he arrived at the hotel,
he was told that assistive listening devices were not
available. When he got angry, it forced hotel to “borrow”
the device from another hotel. But it was the wrong
bag – smoke alert device, not an assistive listening
device. He has sued the hotel because of discrimination.

 
— a soft knock on door on purpose!

The Davenport, Iowa police department did not like
a hard of hearing resident. He was a troublemaker.
A police department employee came to the troublemaker’s
house, but knocked on the door so softly. Reason
is that they did not want the troublemaker to hear
the knock to open the door. The troublemaker didn’t
hear the knock and the police went away. When
the troublemaker found out about it later, he got
angry – and this led to an official apology by the
city officials and to an out of court monetary
settlement!

 
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