2014/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 31, 2014

— Deaf Bridge is gone, no more!

For years we had a Deaf Bridge. It was the Zorr
Bridge in Kashmir, a small nation near India and
Pakistan. Zorr? Deaf? In Kashmir language Zorr
means deaf, and that bridge was built during
the 1940’s by a deaf contractor, whose name no
one remembers! It was a wooden bridge, that
had been run down over the years because the
Kashmir government had no money to renovate
it! Eventally the name Zorr Bridge was changed
to Zero Bridge. It is no more, being dismantled
and gone for good.

 

— dangerous sign gestures in our ASL

Are some signs dangerous in our own ASL when we
communicate with the deaf? Not in USA, but possibly
overseas (Europe, Asia, etc). The Yahoo web site
pointed out many gestures that Americans use that
are dangerous to use over there. In our own ASL,
these dangerous signs are – perfect, two, hook,
five, hope, hand applause and thumbs up. Why?
These gesture signs are offensive to these people
and they may think we are insulting them while
actually we weren’t!

 

— a big reason for calling deaf as deaf and dumb

There was a big story last week of a “deaf and dumb”
note attached to the lost airport luggage that was
delivered to a deaf couple’s home. The American
Airlines has since then apologized for it and sent
the note-writer to a sensitivity training class.
Why did the baggage handler write that note? He is
an immigrant, from a nation where it is normal and
appropriate to call all deaf people as “deaf and dumb”!
What is normal to these people is not normal to us.

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2014/03/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 28, 2014

– are CI people disappointed in a famous deaf person?

A famous deaf athlete right now is Derrick Coleman, a member
of the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks team. He wears
a hearing aid, and has endorsed a hearing aid battery brand.
He also just signed a new endorsement deal with a big hearing
aid company. Is it a hint for people, undecided between
a hearing aid or a CI, that a hearing aid is a better
choice? Which is actually the best choice, anyway? The
best choice is the choice you have made!

 

— deafness is part of a lawsuit

A big mess is going on with lawsuits filed by angry
ex-employees of the Old Orchard Beach town government.
The fired director of the town Public Works department
is deaf. He has accused the fired town manager of mocking
his deafness, making things uncomfortable at the workplace.
How bad are these lawsuits? It is now in the courts because
the Maine Human Rights Commission failed to make everyone
happy. These lawsuits has involved several issues; the
mocking of deafness is one of these issues!

 

 

— not able to meet deaf family members

A deaf woman learned that two of her cousins were deaf.
She has never met them. Why? The deaf woman’s grandfather
and the two cousins’ grandfather (both brothers) have
feuded with each other for a real long time and do not
speak to each other. The deaf woman has wondered if these
two deaf cousins are aware that they have a deaf cousin!

 

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2014/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 27, 2014

— a big role for a deaf dancer

Simoné Botha, a deaf dancer from South Africa, has won
a big dancing role – the Queen at the Ballet. This
dance show is widely popular among music lovers all
over the world. She has been dancing all her life
and in fact, won a past Miss Deaf South Africa pageant.
She had to audition for this big dance role. After
watching her audition, the program director immediately
gave her the role.

 

— American Airlines insults the deaf

American Airlines, at the Houston Airport, misplaced
the luggage that belonged to a deaf couple. They had
to wait a few days before the lost luggage was found
and delivered to their home. The note, attached to
the luggage said, Deaf and Dumb. The couple is very
angry about it and has demanded an apology from
American Airlines. To date, the airline people have
not apologized!

 

— Italy ignores sign language

Hearing people gesture all the time in Italy. It is
an important part of their culture. Scholars Isabella
Poggi of Roma Tre University and Luca Vullo, a film
director, have documented these gestures for their
projects. What about Italian Sign Language (Lingua Dei
Segni Italiana – or LIS)? Pretty much ignored by
linguists and researchers. Deaf Italians are not too
happy about it. It is possibly because they do not
have a Dr Bill Stokoe, Father of ASL, in their corner!

 

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