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2014/03/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 21, 2014

— another Heather Whitestone?

As we all know, Heather Whitestone won the Miss
America 1995 honors. What about others? Shayla
Selma Sabbagh, who is deaf, won this year’s
Miss Universe Canada pageant. She will represent
Canada at the upcoming Miss Universe 2014 that
will take place in Brazil soon.

 

— Apple interpreters

DeafDigest learned that Apple stores on the East coast
have contracted with a VRI service to serve walk-in deaf
customers. So, if you have problems or want to buy these
Macs, iPads, iPhones, Apple TV or any accessories, this
may be a good time. Problem is those on the West Coast
may be out of luck!

 

 

— Talking by deaf babies

Do deaf babies talk, even if their parents are deaf and
cannot hear them talk and that babies cannot hear voices?
Yes, according to Dr. Julie Rosa, HCH Family Practice
Clinic, Hiawatha, Kansas. She said that all babies
babble regardless if they are deaf or hearing! Well,
it takes years for deaf babies to develop perfect speech!

 

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2014/03/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 20, 2014

— a CI is hacked into

A TV show shown last night, Person of Interest, had a CI plot. It
involved a person, named the Root, being forcibly implanted with
a hacked CI by enemy Big Computer Machine. The enemy wanted to
prevent Root from accessing this  computer. This is a strange
twist, because CI is implanted in deaf individuals, not in hearing
individuals. But again, it is just a TV story!

 

— a strange deaf law in Oregon

In Beaverton, Oregon, there is a new law. Drivers must stop their
cars at intersections if they see a deaf person walking through.
How would the driver know if the walking person is deaf if there
is no hearing aid or no CI or no communicating in sign language
with someone? Is the deaf person supposed to carry a large sign
saying “I am deaf” to alert hearing drivers?

 

 

— a country needs 11,763 interpreters

In New Delhi, India, there are 11,763 different voting booths
across this big city. The elections commissioner has ordered
11,763 interpreters to stand by, one for each voting booth.
DeafDigest wonders if New Delhi really has that many interpreters
that are fluent, and not just gesticulating with their hands
and fingers? After all, India has many different languages!

 

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2014/03/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 19, 2014

— a small town library thanks a deaf person

Richard Swain, a deaf man, visited the Mondovi, Wisconsin
library every day – just to read the latest copy of the USA
Today. He did not read, nor check out any of the library’s
books. This library in small town Mondovi (2,700 population)
is broke, stuck with old shelves, furniture and equipment.
There was no money for upgrades and improvements. When Swain
passed away recently, part of his will went to the library!
The library official said that the reason the library
subscribed to USA Today was because Swain would come in just
only for that newspaper!

 

— losing a discrimination lawsuit but winning money

A deaf woman in Washington state filed a discrimination
lawsuit, saying her rights were violated while in prison.
This lawsuit asked for $1 million dollars in damages.
She said there was no TTY, no explanation of bail, no
interpreter or other accomodations while she was in jail.
The jury rejected all of her claims but awarded her monetary
award. Why did she lose? Because the county had proof that
they accommodated all of her requests. How much did the county
have to pay for her monetary award? Just one dollar!

 

 

— A new all-deaf hotel

An all-deaf hotel is being planned in Zagreb, Croatia.
The mayor is pushing for this project, and is now
scouting for the perfect location in the city of nearly
800,000 people. It was the request by the Svijet tisine,
a deaf organization, to establish this hotel. It was
approved by the city government. This hotel would
hire only the deaf, but of course, hearing tourists
would be welcome. Zagreb was part of the old Yugoslavia
empire, which no longer exists.

 

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2014/03/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 18, 2014

— hearing baseball fans angry on losing games to Gallaudet

Gallaudet athletic teams face a big burden. The hearing
opponents hate to lose to Gallaudet, thinking it is a
big embarrassment to lose to a deaf team. So far this
season, Gallaudet baseball team has been winning some
big games. It resulted in hearing tweets as follows:

our baseball team lost to the deaf

CNU baseball lost to Gallaudet over the weekend?

The deaf college? How does that team call a fly ball, anyway?

These hearing fans do not realize that deaf Gallaudet coach Curtis
Pride played 11 seasons in major league baseball, and never had
problems getting calls on flyballs with his hearing teammates

 

— to print a new hearing aid

Do you want to print a new hearing aid? Print? Yes. 3-D
technology is capable of building (oops, printing) a
new hearing aid! Why a printed hearing aid if we could
just go to any hearing aid dealer and buy a new one?
Suppose you find a hearing aid that you want to buy
but it is in New Zealand. The shipping costs may be
expensive. And the wait time can be too long. With
a printed hearing aid, you get it in few minutes.
Is it the best way to buy a hearing aid? No! What if
you don’t like that printed hearing aid, you are
stuck with it.

 

 

— back and forth ASL-and-text communications device

We have read about ASL software that will convert
ASL to text. We also have read about other devices
that will convert text to ASL. But what about putting
these two together? There was a demonstration at the
South By Southwest (SXSW) exposition last week in
Austin, Texas. A Microsoft engineer gave a talk
about Xbox kinetic body tracking. He said it can
help the deaf communicate with the hearing back
and forth at the same time.

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2014/03/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 17, 2014

— a hard of hearing cop in Bellaire, Ohio?

Does the town of Bellaire, Ohio have hard of hearing
cops on its police force? Many small town laws are
weird – and there a weird law in Bellaire. In that town,
truck drivers cannot use engine brakes. Reason is that
it makes noise that bothers people. The law also says
that if the hard of hearing cop with his hearing aid,
catches the truck driver using the engine brake, he
is not allowed to give the truck driver a traffic ticket!
Only hearing cops, not hard of hearing cops, can give
these brake noise truckers these traffic tickets!

 

 

— a powerful hearing man and a powerful deaf issue

Roger Goodell is a powerful man. He is the NFL boss.
A powerful deaf issue is ASL. What is the connection between
both? One of Roger Goodell’s past relatives is William
Stokoe, the father of ASL. And what is the irony? Goodell’s
attitude was “me hands off” when some deaf groups filed lawsuits
on lack of scoreboard captions (ie Washington Redskins and
Arizona Cardinals lawsuits). Was he aware of Stokoe’s big
role in Deaf Culture? At a Stokoe Family Reunion few
years ago, Goodell wrote – I am so proud of my heritage, family
and name. By the way, Goodell’s middle initial is S – does that
stand for Stokoe?

 

— a famous cartoon character becomes deaf

Snow White is one of the world’s most famous cartoon
movies. In the original movie, Snow White was a hearing
character. But this story has been revised to cast
her as a deaf woman! Doing the revising is the Seeing
Voices Montréal and Players, a theatrical group in Canada.
They have renamed the play as Deaf Snow White,
in ASL as well as in English! This play has been sold
out.

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