2014/05/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 20, 2014

 

— an overlooked TV star

A TV program that was popular in the United Kingdom before it was
cancelled last year was “Real Hustle.” It was about scams that
dishonest people play on innocent victims. One of the stars was
Jessica-Jane Stafford. She has been deaf all her life, but
functions as a hearing person. No one would know about her
deafness. While BBC Three cancelled the program, it seems that
truTV.com is showing these reruns.

 

 
— a deaf lawsuit against Redbox thrown out

In California, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter threw
out the lawsuit filed by a deaf man accusing Redbox of
discriminating against the deaf because of lack of captions on
its DVD movies. Why was it thrown out? The judge said Redbox
is just a distributor of rental DVDs and have no control over
the way the movies were made. The judge gave a June 13th
deadline to have the complaint amended or it would be thrown
out of court.

 

 

— the NASCAR and the deaf

In many parts of USA, NASCAR is a popular auto racing sport.
Many hearing fans follow NASCAR results. What about the
deaf? There is a group called “Deaf NASCAR Fans.” This group
met recently at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.
Where do these deaf fans come from? Everywhere – Arizona,
Utah, Idaho, Florida, Michigan – a total of approximately
40 fans altogether. Interpreter? Yes! The group tries to meet
up at least once a year and they hope to expand the membership
base to reduce the burden of these traveling deaf fans.

 

 
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2014/05/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 19, 2014

 
— deaf man awarded the Kentucky Colonel honor

Kelly Faust, a deaf leader in Georgia, was awarded
a Kentucky Colonel. It is a big award for leaders that 
have contributed so much to the community on a local
or state level. He is currently the vice president of
Georgia Association of the Deaf (GAD). And it makes
GAD proud to have two Kentucky Colonels, since, since
the president, Frank Lala already has this honor!
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— Adham Talaat at the Seattle Seahawks tryout camp

The Seattle Seahawks tryout camp has ended. Gallaudet’s
Adham Talaat was one of the 41 rookies trying out for
the very few open slots on the roster. Coach Pete Carroll
has not offered any of the rookies a free agent contract
yet – wanting to fully evaluate them before decisions
would be made. Carroll said that Adham worked really hard,
doing a nice job of showing his toughness and that he will
give a great effort. In a non-tackle scrimmage on Sunday
he sacked the quarterback. We will wait and see.

 
— another deaf funeral director

For years we have known that Lori Kober have seemed to be
the only deaf director of a funeral home (in South Dakota).
There is another one – Danny Jefferson, director of the
Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville, a town of
17,000 people in North Carolina. He has been in the funeral
Services field for many years.

 

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2014/05/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 16, 2014

 

— what many people didn’t know about Ben Soukup, CSD retiring CEO?

Ben Soukup is retiring as CEO of CSD after 38 years. His
retirement is effective June 30th, and he will be replaced
by his son Chris. There is a tale about Ben that not too many
people are aware of. After leaving Gallaudet, he worked
at a meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There
were some deaf employees in that plant. The job was so tough
and so tiring that all employees rotate for rest breaks.
During these break moments, the deaf employees would debate
on the best ways to help the deaf of South Dakota – employment,
education, vocational rehab, etc. Ben was so inspired by these
discussions that he went out and established CSD as a small
town service agency. Possibly if not for Ben, CSD would not have
existed! CSD, by the way, has moved to Austin, Texas.

 

— North Korea’s deaf thumbs-up sign

Among the deaf of North Korea, there is a thumbs-up sign.
It does not mean things are great; it is a sign for their
Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un!

 
— a surprising possible cause of Beethoven’s deafness

As we all know, Beethoven composed his best music after
he became deaf and became a bitter man for the rest of
his life. But what was the cause of his deafness? A
group of researchers at University of Utah School of
Medicine is saying it was cheap wine! He loved to
drink wine and to compose music at same time. True
or false? Some historians may agree; other historians
may dissagree!

 

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2014/05/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 15, 2014

 
— a popular deaf vendor of delicious snacks

Visakhapatnam is a port city in India, of over 2 million residents,
located on the Bay of the Bengal. There are many shopping malls in
the city; at one of these malls, there is a food stand, named Soniya
Hot Chaat. The owner of this stand is Anu Popnani. He is deaf. His
deafness does not matter to these customers which come to him every
night, from their homes in other parts of the region! He makes from
scratch – these delicacies – — samosa, kachori, chaat, pani-puri
and gulab jamun, and samosa chaat, which is his best seller!

 
— subtitles vs captions!

TV viewers in Australia love to watch the program called “Tangle”
– which was shown in subtitles for the benefit of the deaf. This
program has 10 series. The 10th and the last series was shown
without subtitles due to technical difficulties. This has upset
many deaf viewers, not realizing they could just turn on the
captions! Why didn’t they turn on the captions????????

 

— deaf relay and a motorcycle repair business

Leo Wyczalek, who is deaf, owns his motorcycle repair
business in Seattle, Washington. He relies on deaf relay
service for a high percentage of his business – these
bikers that want to have their motorcycles repaired and
maintained. How many deaf relay calls does he receive
every day? Leo said it is between five and ten relay
calls per day. Without these relay calls, his business
would suffer!

 
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2014/05/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 14, 2014

 
— deaf people picketing in front of Amazon’s headquarters

Right now in London, where Amazon’s headquarters is located,
there are deaf people that are picketing. Why? Because Amazon
is not captioning their videos. Who is leading the picket line?
It is England’s most famous comedian, Mark Thomas! First, it
was Netflix, now it is Amazon. What is next?

 
— 2 years for approval on app to help deaf with mobile phones

Two years ago, a company came up with an app that will convert
voice to real-time captions on mobile phones. This was supposed
to be a breakthrough for the deaf that want to communicate with
the hearing. But it was a two year wait. Why? Because the FCC
was slow in approving it. Why was FCC slow about it? Fear of
relay fraud reaching the mobile phone sector! Now that the FCC
has approved it, the company expects to have it ready for the
market this coming July.

 
— settlement in deaf-employee harassment case

Bob Delaney, not deaf, resigned last year as the county clerk
of St Clair County in Illinois. He was accused by the Department
of Human Rights for harassing many employees. One of the
employees he harassed was deaf. These harassed employees
have received settlement money in exchange for not pursuing
additional legal action. The money the deaf man reached
settlement will be about $100,000.

 
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2014/05/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 13, 2014

 
— An event at Twitter headquarters praising a deaf-owned business

This is the National Small Business Week. An event took
place at the Twitter’s Mid-Market headquarters that
recognizes America’s small businesses. During that
event, a deaf-owned business was brought up and praised
– the Mozzeria, a restaurant that serves pizza and operated
by Russ and Melody Stein. It is located in San Francisco.

 

— a deaf pro golfer not giving up

Deaf golfer Kevin Hall is not giving up on his pro
golf career despite struggles in recent years. He
is trying again at the U.S. Open Qualifier this
week, hoping to make it to this big tournament.
In the meantime he is trying to make it with the
minor league NGA satellite tour. Hall is a great
golfer but competition among with hearing golfers
is intense. How good is Hall? He won the Big Ten
championship in 2004. And once he competed in a
major deaf golf championship, and laughed his
way into a very easy win, by about 20-25 strokes!
He was invited to compete in a couple of major
golf tournaments some years back but failed to
make the cut. Why? Competition and competition!

 
— Refusing to provide interpreter may cost $500,000

Michael Argenyi, who is deaf and is a former medical
sudent at Creighton University (NE), had to pay for
interpreters out of his pockets. The university
refused to pay, forcing him to drop out and to
file a lawsuit. While he won the lawsuit, the jury
would not give him monetary damages. He appealed
and won – thus possibly costing the university
nearly half million dollars. The university,
however, may appeal – and what this means, it may
end up in the Supreme Court, several years away.
A very ugly case – same as the famous Rowley case!

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2014/05/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 12, 2014

 
— cheating at the marathon to help the deaf-blind

The London Marathon, which recently took place, had a scandal.
Jason Scotland-Williams, not deaf, is a professional model. He
volunteered to run the marathon in order to raise funds for
an agency serving the deaf-blind. He did not run the full
marathon course of 26.2 miles. Instead he sneaked out during
the race, and re-entered the race near the finish line when
no one was watching him. After the race, the officials became
suspicious of his “fast” time, and disqualified him. As a result,
the deaf-blind agency did not receive the promised funds from him!

 

— An evening of fashion with Houston Texans cheerleaders

As part of the NFL draft weekend, the cheerleaders of the
Houston Texans hosted an evening of fashion at a big
Houston-area automobile dealership. The dresses shown on
the runway at that event were all designed by Justin
LeBlanc. He is deaf. His gown designs were full of bright
colors and won praises from critics.

 
— few captions on older movies

oldies.com is an on-line distributor of old-time movies –
these movies of forties, fifties, sixties and seventies.
In an email, a deaf person asked the oldies.com representative
why most oldie movies are not captioned? The representative
said “it is too expensive for these smaller movie
distributors to do captioning. And also, some of them
do not know what the label cc means and often have no
idea if their oldie films are captioned!”

 

 

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