2014/05/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 30, 2014

 
— most important deaf person in London business world

Wisdom Umeugo, a London deaf man, is an important part of
the SkillFlick company. What does SkillFlick do? It is
like Angie’s List in USA where we need to reach plumbers,
electricians, car mechanics, physical trainers, etc.
This deaf man is responsible for the SkillFlick web site,
developing it, improving it, adapting it. And speaking
of Angie’s List, SkillFlick, with the help of the deaf
web developer, may be a serious competitor!

 

 

— a mascot surprise in Ohio

Pro teams in all sports have mascots. Their job is to
help with cheering and team spirt with the fans. As
a rule, they are not allowed to use voice to communicate
with the fans. But there is a surprise with the Dayton
Dragons minor league baseball team in Ohio (in the
Cincinnati Reds farm system). Heater, the team mascot,
knows ASL and in fact used it communicate with a deaf
kid! A local Dayton TV news program ran a video about it.

 

 
— getting $6,800,000 for becoming deaf

Laura Kavanagh, a young Irish woman, had meningitis as
a baby, and became deaf. Eighteen years later she filed
a medical malpractice lawsuit against two physicians.
In a settlement she won $6,800,000 (5,000,000 euros)
even though both doctors would not admit liability.
Meningitis nowadays is rare but it was common many
years ago. And no one filed these lawsuits in the past!

 

 
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2014/05/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 29, 2014

— Gallaudet offers a free house in Washington

Gallaudet is offering a free house in Washington.
The house itself is free but it has to be moved
from one location to another location. The cost
for the move by the house movers may be around
$55,000. Gallaudet said the house, if moved, could
be valued $200,000 on the real estate market. Really?
It is not Gallaudet University but is Ed Gallaudet,
a realtor in Seattle, Washington that is making
the free house offer. DeafDigest does not know if
Ed has any relationship with the famous Gallaudet
family.

 

— Deaf Genetics Project looking for volunteers

The Deaf Genetics Project has four groups
(Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, UCLA,
Gallaudet and University of San Francisco) working
together. If you are over 18 years old and
interested in volunteering, then do contact
deafgenetics@mednet.ucla.edu – volunteers need
to access internet to participate and they will be
given a $40.00 gift card. You can also use the VP
for further information – 310-954-9031

 

— text to 911: good and bad news

We need text-to-911 with our wireless devices in
order to receive assistance during emergencies.
The good news is that technology is available.
The bad news is that full text to 911 services
in all 911 centers is years away according to
an article in the Forbes magazine. Why? We
have nearly 6,400 of 911 voice centers and not
all of them have up to date equipment to work
with new technology. It costs money and special
training with each center. This is the reason
for the “years away” estimate.

 
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2014/05/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 28, 2014

 

 
— Reserve Bank of India asks banks to give unclaimed money to DEAF

The Reserve Bank of India has asked that their banks
give to DEAF the depositors’ money that have not been
claimed for a long time. Money for DEAF? Yes, but it
is not what you think – In India, DEAF stands for
Depositor Education and Awareness Fund!

 

 
— Deaf Badge not worth it

A British deaf woman wears a badge that says DEAF.
When she goes to a store or a pharmacy or a car
repair shop, etc, she points to the badge to tell
them of her deafness. Many hearing people read the
badge but do not really realize that the woman is
deaf. They talk fast to her. In some cases, the
hearing person freezes, not knowing what to do.
Just a few hearing people will respond in an
appropriate manner. Most don’t. This deaf woman
lives in a small British town, not in London,
where people may know what to do.

 

 
— a big risk for the deaf to drive cars!

When a deaf person drives a car, it is a big risk.
And it has nothing to do with the driver’s deafness,
because deaf drivers often drive safer than hearing
drivers. It has to do with the noises inside the car.
A noise could mean knocking engine or a bad shaft
or a loose fan belt or a tapping engine or a
grinding engine or a whining steering wheel, etc.
Should the deaf stop driving? No – just drive
carefully! And pay attention if hearing passengers
say something about the noise.

 

 
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2014/05/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 27, 2014

 

 
— the best photographer in Vermont

Drew Bressel, who is deaf, took up photography 8 years
ago with a low cost camera. He then moved up to more
expensive cameras. As a result, he already has over 150
pictures published in Vermont newspapers and shown on
local TV programs. How did he become so quickly successful?
He loves nature and was able to pick the perfect scenes
to take pictures, plus he is always learning new tricks
and tips with his cameras.

 

 
— a frustrated deaf attorney became a big man in financial world

Ernst & Young, now known as EY, is one of the world’s most
powerful companies in the financial world.It was started by
Arthur Young, a frustrated deaf attorney. Unable to succeed
in law because of his deafness, he switched to accounting and
established Arthur Young & Co. Over the years it merged with
another firm to become Ernst & Young. This firm now has branches
in over 150 nations!

 

 
— deaf pharmacist says interpreters don’t help deaf patients!

Shibata Masahiko is a deaf pharmacist with the Osaka General
Medical Center in Japan. He said that many deaf patients
don’t understand their medical needs even with interpreters
and notes! He said deaf patients understand better with
sign language deaf pharmacists than interpreting and notes.

 

 
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2014/05/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 26, 2014

— A Deaf $10.00 USA Gold Coin

for more information and pictures of both sides of the coin,
click on:
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— a big Veterans Administration mess has involved a deaf person

There have been stories of a big scandal with the Veterans
Administration, involving cover-ups, faked accounting statements,
physical threats, etc. A deaf employee in the Las Vegas VA
office saw things that were not right and became a whistle-blower.
As a result, he has been physically threatened and threatened
with employment termination. It was a big story in the Las
Vegas newspaper.

 
— blaming the whistle for losing all soccer games!

The Birmingham Deaf FC, a deaf soccer team that plays in the
Birmingham (England) city soccer league, lost all games this
season. Why did they lose all games? The players blamed the
referees’ whistle, saying they cannot hear it and the hearing
players take advantage of it. They wanted the referees to use
flags instead of whistles. Does DeafDigest agree with the deaf
soccer team? No! Deaf athletes know that when the hearing
players slow down, the whistle has been blown.

 

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