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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2014/03/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 26, 2014

— important to show gestures and facial expressions

Actor David Dontoh, not deaf and well known in Ghana,
gave a speech saying it is important for all actors to
show gestures and facial expressions – for the benefit
of deaf people that watch TV programs. Even if the program
is captioned, these gestures and facial expressions are
still important! Oral deaf may not understand sign langauge
but they understand gestures and facial expressions.

 

— an expensive lawsuit case for a school district

Grandview School District, in Washington state, has already
spent $1.9 million in legal fees, defending themselves
in a lawsuit filed by a parent of a deaf child. The
parent has accused the school district of not providing
education. This case has started 4 years ago in the district
court and is now headed towards the federal courts.
Why not just accept a settlement? This school district
refuses to settle and will continue to fight – and it
means higher legal fees, making attorneys rich!

 

 

— deaf communications device for a police department

Dunwoody (Georgia) Police Department has a wireless
communications device that will be used to communicate
with the deaf. This is great but there are questions.
What if the deaf driver is stopped because of a traffic
violation, and the police officer does not have the device
with him? Will they have to wait until someone brings
the device? Or will they have to go to the police station?
Isn’t it much easier to contract with a VRI so that
the deaf person could immediately communicate with the
interpreter on the police officer’s Skype? Police cars
nowadays are equipped with all kinds of computers.

 

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2014/03/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 25, 2014

— a big football day next month at Gallaudet

At Gallaudet on April 9, 2014 is the “Gallaudet
University Pro Day – Adham Talaat.” He is 6’6
tall and weighs nearly 300 lbs (solid muscle,
not fat). For the past two seasons, many NFL
teams asked Gallaudet about him; they have
seen him play; have tested him. April 9th
will be his final audition – hoping it would
lead to a NFL draft when draft comes on May 8-10.
If he is not drafted, then hope is high that
he would be offered a free agent contract. Either
way he would be the first from Gallaudet to get
a NFL contract. He was one of the main reasons
for the greatest football team in Gallaudet history.

 

— a deaf person without interpreter in the court

A deaf man, accused of a crime in Texas, had no
interpreter. This was strange because Texas has
one of the best interpreting laws in the nation.
His attorney never asked for an interpreter during
trial. Should his attorney be disbarred for that
reason? Yes, according to a deaf attorney that
read about this case. Anyway he won an appeal
for a re-trial because of no interpreter in first
trial.

 

 

— a different Deaf Scam

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned an email scam
(Deaf Lottery). There is another scam – Craiglist
scams! Craiglist is the world’s largest classified
ads web site for anything and for everything!
Is Craiglist honest? Yes, for 99.9 percent of listings,
it is honest. But a tiny number of ads are not
honest. A hearing man wanted to rent a house and
saw a listing on Craiglist. He contacted the person,
but was told the person is deaf and must communicate
by text or email, not in person and was told to
send money by wire. The “deaf” man was not deaf.
It was a scam! Police is looking into this matter
in South Carolina.

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2014/03/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 24, 2014

— a popular team lost

At The Amazing Race: All-Stars, deaf son Luke and hearing
mother Margie were eliminated after finishing last place
at the Sri Lanka race. Said the eliminated team –
We’re one of three teams to do The Amazing Race for a
third time.

 

— good news for deaf victims of police brutality

we have been reading more and more about deaf victims
of police brutality. Is there some good news coming
up? The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the
nation’s most powerful non-profit agencies, is looking
into this matter. They are building up a file of these
many deaf police brutality cases. We will see what
happens.

 

— be careful of a deaf person from Ohio

Many of us have received “Deaf Lottery winnings” emails;
it is a scam. How bad is it? According to the Westerville,
Ohio Police Department, approximately 1,200 deaf people
have become victims of this scam, costing them money.
The police believes the person behind the scam is deaf
and lives in Westerville and is well known in the Deaf
Community. If you receive this type of email, automatically
delete it – do not even open it and read it. Just delete it!

 

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