2014/04/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 30, 2014

 

 

— a fear about these new captioning rules

As we all know, FCC is pushing hard on captioning rules.
This should be great news for us – but there is a fear.
The FCC allows TV stations, cable operators and producers
to ask for permission NOT to caption. FCC may say “ok
not to caption” if they prove that captioning costs
will make them broke! Are these FCC captioning rules
sometimes a joke? Yes!

 

— a deaf video director for a big time hearing team

Hawick Rugby Football Club (hearing) is one of the best
rugby teams in Scotland. They play in a top rugby league.
This team has a video director who takes videos of all
games and practices. The players and coaches study these
videos to learn how to improve themselves in action.
This video director is Adam Easton. He is deaf, and knows
sign language.

 
— a successful deaf fake-singer

Many famous singers fake their songs by lip-synching
the music in the background. This is a scandal that everyone
laughs about. Well, Lindsey Diane Alton is deaf and she is a
disk jockey in the Syracuse, New York area. As a joke, she
did a fake-song. Much to her surprise, she received 85,000,000
youtube hits! Her real job is a newspaper reporter for the
Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper, and on the side she is the
disk jockey for local events. She does not use ASL.

 

 

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2014/04/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 29, 2014

 

— 2nd most powerful person in Illinois knows ASL

Ryan Croke is the second most powerful person in
Illinois. He is the chief of staff, serving under
Gov. Pat Quinn. He signs ASL fluently, as he is
a Coda. He was recently seen signing in ASL with
Janice Smith-Warshaw, the deaf superintendent of
Illinois School for the Deaf. DeafDigest hopes
he will use his power for the greater good of the
deaf in the state of Illinois.

 

 

— CI at airport scanners

Many deaf travelers with CI are nervous about airport
scanners, afraid these would ruin these sensitive
electronic devices. A veteran deaf traveler, that
wears CI, said it is not a problem because these
devices are strong enough to withstand these
scanners. This is good news for deaf travelers,
traveling for the first time with their new CI’s.
with these CI’s.

 

— a famous deaf person on a TV program

A famous deaf person will appear for a short time
on the Switched at Birth program on the June 30th
episode. It is Derrick Coleman, the Seattle Seahawks
player which won the Super Bowl. This announcement
was made by TVGuide. Travis (Ryan Lane) and
Mary Beth (B.K. Cannon) will also appear at the same
time with Derrick.

 

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2014/04/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 28, 2014

 
— a surprising job description for captioners

a college in California has been advertising for a
real-time captioner to work with deaf students.
This college posted a job description – and one
line in it is interesting – Required: General knowledge
of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing culture. Why?
The college does not want to hire a captioner that
has negative thoughts about the deaf.

 

 

— the ADA and the deaf that live in condominiums

Very often deaf people that own condominiums get into
clashes with their condo board on hiring interpreters
for meetings. These deaf people scream that ADA requires
interpreters for them. True? Well, the ADA requires
interpreters for employment, public facilities and
public transportation. Condos? The ADA does not cover it!
Instead of screaming about ADA, they need to scream about
Fair Housing Amendments Act, which involves the HUD. But
getting an interpreter, as encouraged by HUD, is tricky;
more of an a case by case basis!

 

 
— a deaf professional baseball player in big trouble

Tyson Gillies, who is deaf, and is a minor league baseball
player with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PA) has been
suspended for three games. He was so angry with his poor
performance in a game that he wrecked the hallway that
led to the team locker room. The IronPigs is a farm team
of the Philadelphia Phillies. Tyson, who began his pro
career in 2007, has been waiting for a long time to
play in a major league game. Will he play in the majors?
Good question.

 

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2014/04/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2014

 

 

— the puppy and the interpreter

Secretary of State John Kerry brought his puppy
to an event at the Department of State. The puppy
was on the stage while Kerry was giving a speech.
Suddenly the puppy jumped at the interpreter!
To her credit, the intepreter smiled and patted
the puppy away from her. Already there are jokes
about the puppy planning to jump on Russia’s Putin!

 
— finally, a deaf cookbook

We have deaf chefs. We have deaf-owned restaurants.
We have had a deaf chef on a TV show. And now we have
a deaf cookbook! Kalavathy Venugopal, a deaf woman of
India, wrote a cookbook. It is titled “Dinasari Saiva
Samayal” which means Everyday Vegetarian Cooking.
What is next for us? A deaf person with his own cooking
show on the Food Network! In case you are curious
about these deaf-owned restaurants, the list is at:

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

 

 

 
— a two second awareness of a TV network

Few days ago on TV, during a commercial, there
was a very short presentation, asking all of us to
watch programs on one TV network. It was a woman
that fingerspelled A-B-C on behalf of the ABC
TV network. In case viewers do not follow fingerspelling,
the ABC logo was shown on the backdrop behind the woman.
The fingerspelling was so short that if you blinked or
turned your head away for one second you would miss it!

 

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2014/04/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 24, 2014

 

— Time magazine’s choice as most influential deaf person

The Time Magazine has come up with its annual list of
100 most influential people in the world. One deaf
person on the list is surprising – Super Bowl player
Derrick Coleman! Is he more influential than Marlee
Matlin or the NAD CEO or the Gallaudet president
or the NTID director? The playing career of a typical
NFL player is short. These players could be cut or
injured. This is not to say that Derrick will be
cut or injured – but we can never know!

 

— Marlee Matlin understands cops better than us

If you discuss police stuff with Marlee Matlin, you
will realize one thing – that she understands much more
about cops than any of us! Why? Because her husband
is a police officer. This was the point Marlee was
trying to explain in a recent video that was produced
by the American Civil Liberties Union. This video was
to explain to us what are our rights in case the police
stop and/or arrest us!

 

— a nurse that was cruel to the deaf

Nurses are supposed to be understanding when dealing with
deaf patients. Christopher Cooper, a male British
nurse wasn’t. When a deaf employee passed him in the
hallways, he would cover his mouth and say something
very inappropriate with her. With a deaf patient that
wanted a TV set, he would mock interpreters on the
screen. He would also bully other deaf employees.
He was brought up for a disciplinary hearing and
was fired, his 25-year career with the hospital
down the drain.

 

 

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2014/04/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 23, 2014

 

 

— a judge insults a deaf psychologist in email

Minnesota judge Terrence Walters is in big trouble
with the state Board on Judicial Standards for many
reasons. One big reason was that he sent an email,
which insulted a deaf psychologist that was appointed
to evaluate a deaf client. He accused the deaf
psychologist of not honestly evaluating the deaf client.
This psychologist was so angry about that accusation
that she withdrew from the case and told the state
about the judge’s misconduct. As a result, the judge
could be fired.

 

— a deaf actor in a popular TV drama thriller

Russell Harvard is a promising young deaf actor
with a growing list of acting credits (TV, movie,
stage) to his portfolio. He appeared on a TV drama
– the Rooster Prince, as the Mr. Wrench character
working with Mr. Numbers on a TV plot. This segment
is “The Rooster Prince” which in the Fargo program
that is shown Tuesday nights on the FX cable TV
network. Because of Mr. Wrench’s deafness,
Mr. Numbers had to be an interpreter throughout the
TV plot. People said this program was weird.

 

— April 30th is most important day for our captions

April 30th is the day when the TV industry must follow
new and strict FCC rules on captions. The captions
must be accurate, arrive at the same time with each
new voice dialogue, must be complete (no censorship)
and shall not block the graphics. The TV industry
will not like it but they have no choice because
of possible big fines for violations.

 

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