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2014/02/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 21, 2014

— a deaf member of Canadian women’s hockey team

DeafDigest editor overlooked another deaf participant in
the winter Olympics. It is Meghan Agosta-Marciano, a
member of the Canadian women’s hockey team. She played
collegiate hockey at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania,
and in the game against USA, she attempted 6 shots on goal
but didn’t score. While she is deaf, she does not use ASL.

 

 

— sign language still being mocked

We remember the fake interpreting scandal that has embarrassed
South Africa. Yet, there may still be few South African
government officials that do not respect sign language.
Susan Shabangu, the South African Minister of Mining,
was caught on a video as mocking sign language, moving
her hands around nonsensically, while listening to a
government speech.

 

— a special auto repair shop in Texas

Silent Automotive is an auto repair shop located
in Austin, Texas. It is deaf owned, deaf run and
deaf staffed. No one is there to answer telephone
calls, but which is quickly forwarded to a relay
service. Joel Martinez, the shop owner, said
they feel the vibration to know what the car
problems are. On Yelp, which can make or break
a business, a happy hearing customer posted a
very positive comment after getting the car
repaired by them at a very reasonable cost
and with a short waiting time.

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2014/02/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 20, 2014

— a balloon at a musical concert

Should deaf musical lovers bring balloons to concerts?
These balloons help the deaf feel vibrations. Also even
taking off the shoes to feel vibrations coming through
the floor! There are two risks. First risk is that hearing
people will stare at the deaf, wondering why they are
bringing the balloons? Second, if the balloons pop, there
will be noise, making hearing people angry!

 

 

— a certain sign language that may confuse the police

Why do some police officers get confused if a deaf person
uses sign language or even simple gestures with them?
Because these officers may confuse our ASL with these
gangster sign languages. This is a serious issue and
is not a joke. A deaf person who cannot speak may not
be able to pronounce the word “deaf” and to move
the hand to point to the ear may risk police physical
force.

 

 

— good news from FCC for the deaf, hope so

For years we have been complaining that captions
block the graphics on TV screen – very often we
cannot see the football score or the basketball
score because of these captions. FCC is going
to order that all captions shall not block
these graphics! We need to make sure that FCC’s
order is backed by a heavy fine instead of just
a scolding!

 

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2014/02/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 19, 2014

— a bank refuses to open an account for a deaf person

HSBC is one of the world’s largest banks, with branches in
85 countries, including USA. Surely there are many deaf people
that have accounts with that bank – except for one deaf woman.
She wanted to open an account at a branch in Malta, a small
island nation near the Sicilian island. She was accompanied
by a family member. The bank refused to accept the deaf woman,
even if the family member would accept responsiblity! Why?
The bank was afraid that if they explain such technical banking
terms, the deaf person would not understand! Needless to say,
the family member is very upset.

 

 

— hearing aid dangerous for a deaf person

A deaf woman was wearing a hearing aid and suffered from a bad
ear ache. She went to the doctor. He looked at her ear and found
it was bloody. The doctor treated it with antibiotics and two
weeks later she is feeling much better. Hearing aid at fault
for her ear ache? Not really – but it was a fruit fly, somehow
attracted by the hearing aid mold, entering the ear and staying
there for a while. This is an extremely rare case, and it did not
happen in USA, but in Taiwan!

 

— a deaf room in an airport

Many of us travel, and we have never seen a deaf room in any airport.
There was an announcement of a new deaf room in an airport. It is
the Dubbo City Airport in New South Wales, a state in Australia.
Exactly what is a deaf room? Don’t really know but the Dubbo
Airport announcement said it was facilities for the deaf.
Interpreters? Captioned TV; captioned movies; TTY stations; sign
language clerks; sign language bartenders, assistance for non-English
speaking deaf, etc?

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2014/02/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 18, 2014

— a deaf performer on a TV program

The Block is a popular reality TV show in Australia.
This program has been around, on and off, since 2003.
It is about 5 couples that buy houses for renovation
and then sell at auction for the highest price
possible. One of the apprentice carpenters on this
TV program is James Vea. He is deaf and on the program
his name is Deaf Tradie. Why that strange name? Do not
know.

 

 

— a new law unfair to the deaf!

There is a new law in Illinois that allows hearing drivers
to use cell phone while driving a car; it must either be
a speakerphone or a Bluetooth headset – both which does
not require use of hands. What about the deaf driver? Too
bad; they cannot drive and text while hearing can drive
and talk!

 

 

 

— pictures of a big basketball ceremony at Gallaudet

http://deafdigest.com/kevin-milligan-gallaudet-basketball-jersey-retirement-ceremony/

the bottom picture on the screen also lists some facts about Kevin Milligan
that many people did not know about!

 

 

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2014/02/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 17, 2014

— an actor having communication problems with deaf

Superman actor Henry Cavill (future movie – Batman vs. Superman)
was in a crowded bar in Detroit with his friend, near a deaf man.
This deaf person asked Cavill for a favor, to get him a napkin.
Cavill did and said something. The deaf man did not understand.
Cavill felt angry and insulted. A friend saw it, and stepped in,
and told Cavill that the other person was deaf. People were
watching both men. Luckily Cavill apologized, thus preventing
a bad incident from getting worse. Possibly the deaf person
could not understand because Cavill is from Great Britain where
the accent is hard to lipread!

 

 

— a surprise visit at a restaurant

Mozzeria is a deaf-owned pizza restaurant in San Francisco. It
has been in business for over a year. Just last week this
restaurant had a surprise visitor – San Francisco mayor
Edwin M. Lee! In addition to enjoying his meal, the mayor
discussed deaf issues with the Mozzeria owners. The
Mozzeria is not the only deaf-owned restaurant in USA. There
are others –

http://deafdigest.com/list-of-deaf-owned-restaurants/

 

 

— a popular flea market in Oregon

On weekends, many people love to attend flea markets,
always looking for bargains. A popular flea market
in Eugene, Oregon is the Picc-A-Dilly Flea Market. It
attracts hundreds of bargain hunters, looking over stuff
at rows of tables. For over 30 years the same man is there
behind one table, selling stuff. This man is Bill Smith,
and he is deaf. How is he able to communicate with the
shoppers? He said he knows them, and they know him,
and he knows what they are looking for when they come to
his table! He said the place is so noisy that deafness is
really an advantage!

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