2014/06/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 20, 2014

 

 

— an unusual entertainment show

There is an entertainment show that is probably the
most unusual in the world. It is a deaf comedian working
together with a hearing comedian on the stage. The
audience loves it, and it is getting more popular. It
is in Japan. Sato Masashi, the deaf comedian, uses
gestures and facial expressions while performing with
hearing comedian Miyake Hisashi. This is the second
year this deaf-hearing comedy team have worked together.

 

 
— Do interpreters like their interpreting agencies?

Do interpreters like their interpreting agencies? This
is the question that the task force wants to know. This
task force represents the National Association of the Deaf
and the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. This should
be important – because unhappy interpreters will make
deaf clients unhappy and vice versia.

 

 
— Lipreading the teacher that faces the blackboard!

Can we lipread the hearing teacher that talks to the
wall while writing something on the blackboard? Yes,
according to inventors from the NTID. They have
come up with two screen monitors that pick up teachers’
lips from behind us. Will this really work for us?
Lipreading is very difficult no matter if the teacher
is facing us or away from us!

 

 
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2014/06/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 19, 2014

 

 
— a shocking attitude by Oregon State University football fan

On a web posting, there was a debate about captions on stadium
video scoreboards. A fan of the Oregon State University football
wrote “I find it hard to believe that there are enough hearing
impaired people at the games to need to have captions running
at the bottom of the scoreboard.” A rotten attitude? Yes!

 

 
— a busy deaf magician

Do deaf magicians earn a full time living? Yes, just a few;
most are doing magic as a hobby or on a part time basis.
One such deaf full time magican is Sam Sandler. Name of his
program is DEAFinitely Magic. He just came home after a tour
of 41 states and 330 shows. On his web site he said he is the
only deaf full time magician. This is not correct because we
have another one in Magic Morgan, who is from Wisconsin and
operates his own tour with his wife as his assistant.

 

 
— Netflix hires a person that mocked an interpreter

Chelsea Handler has been hired by the Netflix with a new
7-year contract for a new talk show. It begins this
fall. It is the same Netflix that refused to caption their
videos until the courts forced them to do so. And it is
the same Chelsea Handler that made fun of ASL interpreting
two years ago. Netflix plus Chelsea Handler! Too much for us?

 

 
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2014/06/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 18, 2014

 
— a deaf business is town’s #1 biggest employer

A deaf man started a business seven years ago – selling
mushrooms. After some problems getting started, the
business has taken off. A mushroom farm grows these
mushrooms for export into three cities. The business
has grown to the point where 25 nearby mushroom farmers
are subcontracted and that 500 people work in this
mushroom industry. This business is not in USA, but
in Pudhupatti, India, a small town of less than 8,000
people. The business name is Udayan Mushroom Farm,
and the owner is Manoj Kumar. This business is probably
the small town’s biggest employer!

 
— a deaf twist to the Miss Michigan Pageant

DeafDigest announced few days ago that a deaf woman,
KT Maviglia is the Miss Michigan. But there is a
twist to this story. The runner up is Nicole Miller.
She is not deaf but attends Lansing Community College,
and works in the school interpreter program for the deaf!
Why couldn’t Nicole interpret for KT during the pageant?
Because KT does not use ASL. And speaking of KT, her
real name is Katie Marie. Possibly KT is an abbreviation
of Katie?

 

 

— a big deaf surprise on a TV local news program

Patrick Nolan is a FOX local news program anchor at
Cape Coral, Florida. He was covering a news segment
on a local farmers’ market and saw a deaf kid standing
around. This newscaster then went down to talk
to the deaf kid. Suddenly something happened. This
deaf kid jumped at the newscaster, hugging him and
planting a kiss on the cheek! His parents said
the deaf kid is “good at hugs and kisses”

 

 

 
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2014/06/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 17, 2014

 

 

— A deaf cafe at a popular city park

A popular park in Derby, United Kingdom is the Arboretum Park.
This park, in the city of 250,000 people, has everything –
picnic areas, athletic facilities, children’s playground,
dog runs, gardens, community rooms, etc. When people get
hungry they eat at the park cafe. This cafe is deaf-run.
There seems to be an increasing number of deaf-run
cafes and restaurants in Europe and Asia. DeafDigest
editor visited a deaf-run cafe in Paris.

 

 
— a deaf-blind person watching the World Cup on TV

Everyone follows the World Cup in soccer right now,
rooting for their favorite teams. A deaf-blind person
likes soccer and is able to follow the action on
TV. How? His family and friends built a special
board, placed on a table. When the game starts,
he feels his friends’ arms moving around on the
table board. That way, he knows the direction
the ball is being passed or kicked around and
which team has the ball. And when the goal is scored,
they raise their arms and he knows it!

 

 
— a popular TV sign language cartoon for deaf children

There is a popular TV sign language cartoon program,
designed for deaf children. The name of the program is
Two’s See Hear. Unfortunately for Americans, it is a
British program. Doing these cartoons is Aardman
Animations, which has a great reputation all over
the world for its outstanding programs. Seems we
do not have a cartoon company in USA doing the
same thing for American deaf children.

 

 

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2014/06/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 16, 2014

 
— remembering deaf parents on Father’s Day

Dennis Daugaard, a Coda, is the governor of
South Dakota. A newspaper ran a story of him
remembering his deaf parents. The father hoped
to make a full time living as a farmer on property
he owned. It was very tough during the fifties, so he
worked at several day jobs while farming at night,
just to make mortgage payments. When jobs were
hard to find, he was able to find work as janitor.
The governor said “he was the best father one could
ever want.”

 
— a deaf winner of a big state pageant

We all know that Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman
that knows ASL, was Miss America 1995. Will we have
another deaf winner? KT Maviglia, who is deaf, just
recently became Miss Michigan. We will find out on
September 14th if she will win Miss America. What
is the full name of KT? Do not know because she
prefers to be known as KT. She does not use ASL.

 
— a hospital depends on family members as interpreters

A hospital knows deaf patients require interpreters. Yet
this hospital depends on note writing and on family members
doing the interpreting. Terrible? Yes! Why? Hospital is
broke and cannot afford interpreters? No, the hospital
is not broke. Then why no interpreters? Because none
is available – not in USA, but in Victoria, a state in
Australia!

 
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2014/06/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 13, 2014

— bad news for Matt Hamill

Bad news for Matt Hamill! He was supposed to take part
in a World Series of Fighting event next month. While
training for that event, he hurt his knee. At this
point we will have to wait and see if he still plans
to fight again.

 

 
— The Hulk’s biggest secret

Lou Ferrigno, a deaf man, is well known for his
past TV roles as the Hulk during the late seventies
and early eighties. Before he became the Hulk, he
was a world champion in bodybuilding and briefly
as a pro football player in Canada. What was his
biggest secret he had for many years? As a kid
he loved to read these comic books – Superman,
Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and dreamed of
becoming a Strong Man. His dreams came true –
football player, bodybuilding champion and
a TV role.

 

 
— a deaf discrimination lawsuit irony

A deaf man was fired from his job. The employer turned
down his requests for TTY machine, a video phone, and
text messaging device. He filed a formal complaint
with the EEOC and won. But there was a big irony.
It was not a private employer that fired him, but
a Detroit non-profit service agency that helps
the deaf and the disabled! While his job title was
independent living specialist, he was not allowed
to use the devices he needed to function! So, this
was a nonprofit agency discriminating against
people that they were supposed to serve!

 

 

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2014/06/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 12, 2014

 
— Netflix’s most popular deaf movie

Netflix rates their sports movies. The second most
popular movie is a Deaf Movie! It is “The Hammer” which
profiles the fighting career of Matt Hamill. The actor
that plays Matt Hamill is the hottest deaf actor –
Russell Harvard. The most popular movie is The
Perfect Game and the 3rd most popular is Happy Gilmore.
This tells us that The Hammer is really a big time movie!

 
— much easier now to contact FCC on your complaints

In the past it was not easy to complain to the FCC.
Now it is much easier. It now has a video service
844-432-2275 or 202-810-0444, Mondays thru Fridays,
daytime hours. Problems with captions, lousy relay
service, no weather emergency warnings, etc – just
use you relay to contact FCC directly. But if
there are no captions on a Saturday night TV program
you have to wait until Monday morning to complain to
the FCC. This is the bad part.

 
— world’s largest captions!

Want to watch a TV program where the captions are very
big? Titan, a British manufacturer, has built a new
TV set, called Zeus. It is 26 feet wide and 16 feet
high. Cost? Only 1.7 million dollars! DeafDigest
imagines that the captions are very big. One problem –
may be impossible to carry the Zeus set through the
front door of a house.

 
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2014/06/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 11, 2014

 
— a “Switched at Birth” big hint on June 30th

Super Bowl winner Derrick Coleman will be featured on the
“Switched at Birth” episode on June 30th, but exactly in
what way and what role? There is a hint of a surprise
happening in that episode. What is it? The program
directors are not telling, except to hint that it is a
surprise.

 
— a deaf group home on a college campus!

We have group homes for special needs deaf people.
But a group home for the deaf in middle of a college
campus? This will be happening at Springfield College
in Massachusetts. Why? This college has a reputation
for great public service. The college administrators
feel that their caring students would be good for
these deaf residents. Final details are still being
worked out.

 
— the parole officer and the deaf parolee

In Florida, a parole officer is handling the
case of a deaf parolee. This parolee lives
in a house with other deaf residents. That
house lacks signalling flashers, making it
difficult for the parolee to open the door
for his parole officer. These signalers are
expensive, and no one could afford it.
Fortunately the local Lions organization
learned about it and quickly donated funds
to have signalling flashers installed.

 
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