2014/06/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2014

 
— are we lucky with the FCC?

Are we lucky with the FCC? There may be a reason behind FCC
giving support to the Deaf Community with captioning
and telecommunications needs. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
was a former CEO of a software company. One of his employees
was deaf. For that reason, Wheeler learned sign language to
communicate with that deaf employee. Yet, the fear is that
once Wheeler departs FCC then the next chairperson may not
care so much for the needs of the deaf! FCC changes its
chairpersons every 3-4 years or so.

 
— our captions being crowdsourced

Crowdsourcing is a new word, but which replaces an old
word – asking the public for funds. Anyway there have been
groups that crowdsource for captioning funds on social
media. Great? Not really. Crowdsourced captions often
show poor quality. And also, not every social
media channels allow crowdsourcing!

 

 

— missed tickets to a football game

Switched at Birth airs tonite. And it is supposed to feature
Derrick Coleman, the deaf Super Bowl player. What is the
story all about? Something about Travis hoping to get tickets
to watch Derrick play in a football game. But there was a mix
up and there are no tickets available. Mary Beth, who is a
friend of Travis, hinted that she will give him a Derrick
Coleman surprise.

 

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2014/06/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2014

 
— changing the way interpreters are hired

An agency is trying to change the way interpreters are hired.
Instead of the deaf client given an interpreter he may not like,
this agency allows him to pick the interpreter he wants.
Where is that agency? It is located on the west coast but
works nationally. It is owned by a father of two deaf children.
Is this a good idea? Will it be successful? Just have to wait
and see how it works in the long run.

 
— professional lipreaders in the World cup!

We have watched baseball players cover their lips with their
gloves; football coaches covering their lips with plastic
play charts, etc. Now it is World Cup soccer. Fantastico, a
popular Sunday TV news program, has been hiring deaf teens
to lipread the Brazilian soccer players. Are lips of
Portuguese-speaking players easier to read than English-speaking
people? Portuguese, not Spanish, is the national language of
Brazil. Anyway the players hate it and cover their lips!

 
— the Beethoven that we do not know about

We all know that Beethoven composed the best music of his life –
after he became deaf. He composed nine different symphonies,
all of which were the best. Two Australian music houses, in
Wellington and in Auckland, performed all of Beethoven’s
symphonies, nine of them. To listen to all of them would
take nearly six hours!

 

 
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2014/06/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 26, 2014

 

 

— a well known deaf person lost election for courtroom judge

In Baltimore County, an election for courtroom judges took place.
The deaf contender was Kelby Brick, a well known deaf attorney/
activist. He lost the election while four current judges were
reelected. If he won, it would have been history as the
nation’s first ASL judge.

 

 
— a strange requirement for interpreting students in Kansas

There is only one college interpreting program in Kansas and
it is at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.
Students cannot enroll at this interpreting program without
a bachelors’ degree from other colleges. This is a backwards,
or a reverse direction, getting bachelors first and then
associate. This requirement has turned off many interested
interpreting students.

 

 
— a hazed deaf student wins settlement in a lawsuit

A deaf student was a former freshman member of a wrestling
team at a Wisconsin high school. Four members of the wrestling
team hazed and bullied him. Coaches did nothing to stop it.
He transfered to another school and filed a lawsuit against
the first school. It took a long time but he finally won
a financial settlement. He will be attending Gallaudet
this fall but not wrestling any more. Why? Because Gallaudet
has no wrestling team!

 

 
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