2014/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2014

 

 

— probably the rarest deaf event in history!

an extremely rare deaf event took place, possibly
the first time. Two deaf sisters, both pregnant,
gave births within few hours of each other – at
the same hospital! It happened at the Union Hospital.
Interpreters? Yes, two separate groups of interpreters
were hired for this once-in-a-lifetime event. No way
would one interpreter be traveling back and forth
between both sisters’ beds and their doctors.

 

 
— yes captions and no captions

going on right now is the Commonwealth Games, which is
like “Britishlympics” involving about 70 nations related
to Great Britain – Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc. It is a big
event that holds high interest among sports-lovers
in the Commonwealth nations. These games are being
televised. Captions for the deaf? In Scotland, the
deaf are very happy because there are captions.
In New Zealand, the deaf are very unhappy because
of no captions. Not sure why couldn’t these captions
be shared with all 70 English speaking nations instead
of just a few lucky British-speaking nations?

 

 

— many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting

many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
Why? Many reasons – many deaf patients are not good
with sign language; slow internet connection; poor
picture on the screen; one can only see faces on the
screen, not full body; many hospital engineers do not
know how to fix video problems; VRI is disconnected
while waiting for doctor’s review of medical tests;
when doctor comes back, the video is turned on only
to find a new and different interpreter; many VRI
interpreters do not know medical signs; etc. What
is the best solution – real interpreter in person!

 

 
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2014/07/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2014

 
— a surprise deaf Mixed Martial Arts fighter

Adams Evans is a deaf British Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
After many years of participation in judo and in boxing,
he became a MMA fighter three years ago. Since then he has
won all of his MMA fights. He also was just offered a contract
with Fusion Fighting Championships, which is England’s biggest
MMA company. There is a big surprise about it. What is the
surprise? Adams is 42 years old, already an old man in a
young man’s sport!

 

 
— a strange comment by past Miss America Heather Whitestone

A web newspaper today made a list of strange comments by
famous people. When Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, won
the Miss America 1995 pageant, a newspaper reporter asked
her this question:

If you could live forever, would you and why?

Her response was this:

I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,
because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live
forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not
live forever

 

 

— sign language in a comic book

The issue #19 of the Hawkeye comic book, coming soon on July 30,
is having main character Clint Barton communicate in sign language.
Because of battles for justice, Clint was so badly beaten up that
he became deaf. As a result, he had to learn and to use sign
language. Very easy to draw a comic strip with sign language?
No, says writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. It was a big
challenge for them. Anyway do buy the comic book on July 30th.

 
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2014/07/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 23, 2014

 
— an amazing deaf photographer

Brenden Borrellini, from Brisbane, Australia, is deaf and is a
photographer. And he is amazing. Why? He is not just deaf
but is also deaf-blind! How could a deaf-blind photographer
take pictures of things he cannot see? He is completely blind,
without limited vision. He uses a specially adapted camera
that allows him to feel the buttons and instruments. And he
receives feedback of the scene through a device that converts
text to braille. This way – before he snaps the picture he
knows the composition, light, shutter openings and depth.
Does it work? People have praised the pictures he cannot
see but have taken!

 

 
— a horror interpreter story

What is a horror interpreter story? In Victoria, which is
Australia’s biggest state, a deaf woman was assaulted by
her hearing husband. The police came over, and was not
able to communicate because of her deafness. What did the
police do? They asked the deaf woman’s abusive husband to
serve as her interpreter! Yes, you read it right. The
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
is very angry about it and is conducting an investigation.

 

 

— this year’s most popular deaf short film

What is the most popular deaf short film? It is “Silent
Melody” that is directed by Prasanth Varma. He has been
honored as the most promising film director at a recent
film convention in Atlanta. Why is that film so popular?
It already has nearly 20,000,000 web hits!

 

 
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2014/07/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2014

 
— The Ape Sign Language

Many of us have watched the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
and have noticed that the apes’ sign language was much better
than the original “Planet of Apes” movies (1968 and 2001).
New Orleans interpreter Shari Bernius spent a lot of time
teaching these “ape-actors” some signs. As a result we
were able to follow some of their signed phrases.

 

 
— Marlee Matlin and James Garner

All-time popular actor James Garner has departed us.
Has Marlee Matlin ever participated in a movie with him?
Yes. It was a 1997 movie – Dead Silence. It was about
three jail escapees holding deaf students as hostages.
Garner played the role of a FBI agent and Marlee as
the teacher of these deaf children.

 

 

 

— The most difficult deaf postal card to obtain

Over the years there have been many deaf stamps and deaf
postal cards. What is the most difficult deaf postal card
to obtain? It is the 1912 postal card from Germany.
Why? Do visit:

http://deafdigest.com/1912-germany-deaf-postal-card/

 

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2014/07/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2014

 

 

— A California sheriff receives a deaf kidnapping call

In Palmdale, California few days ago, a deaf kidnapping alert
call was sent to the sheriff’s department. Deputies went to
a house to check on it. A deaf couple and their hearing
children lived in the house and there was no kidnapping at all.
One of the children told the deputy he just got off a Skype
chat with someone from Australia. The deputies now suspect
that the Australian was responsible for the fake kidnapping
alert.

 
— kicking deaf mental health patients out of a country

The Health Services of Wales has been accused by deaf
Welsh leaders of kicking deaf mental health patients
out of the country, sending them to England. The leaders
said these deaf patients stay in England, never again
seeing their family and friends! The Health administrators
are denying this accusation.

 
— Earthlink gives a deaf customer problems

Earthlink is an internet service provider of about
1,200,000 customers. Way back in 2006, a deaf customer
wanted to cancel his account, but was ignored by
Earthlink. Each month for 8 years, he was charged
this internet fee on his credit card account. Only
recently he woke up and immediately emailed Earthlink
about it. Earthlink told him to discuss this on the
telephone. He explained he was deaf and it was much
easier to discuss this on email. Earthlink got angry
and threatened to send his account to a Collection
Agency. He then had to get help from a local consumer
service agency to force Earthlink to stop charging him
and to give him a big refund.

 
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2014/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 18, 2014

 

 

— Walgreens executive says deaf can do it

We have a few deaf forklift drivers, but many companies
won’t hire deaf people to drive forklifts. They say
deafness is a danger in crowded warehouse areas.
Wrong, says Walgreens executive Randy Lewis. He
said “we found deaf forklift drivers are twice as
safe as someone who can hear.” He understands the
needs of the deaf and the disabled because his son
is an autistic.

 

 
— missing in a hearing person’s hand bag

A newspaper ran a story of a hearing woman’s
hand bag and the stuff in it. Inside the bag were
wallet, cash, snacks, eye mask and ear plugs, sewing
kit, safety pins, hygiene tools, band aids, pocket
beverages, beauty products, nail file, mirror,
prescription pills, charger for her mobile device.
And lastly, the iPhone. Only two things were missing!
A pen and a pad! Both very important to the deaf but
very unimportant to the hearing woman!

 

 
— an update on U-S-A fingerspelled Coolidge Gold coin

DeafDigest has mentioned a couple of times in the past
about the Deaf $10.00 USA Gold Coin. The US Mint has
announced that this coin is now being made available
for public sale. Cost of this $10.00 Gold Coin?
For the Proof version, it is $865.00, and for the
Uncirculated version, it is $845.00. To know more
about it, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-coolidge-gold-coin/

(DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschild for this
update)

 

 

 

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2014/07/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 17, 2014

 

 

— 2nd best political ad is deaf video!

The TIME Magazine picked the best political ads; coming in
2nd place is the sign language ad by a political candidate
with an interpreter. The TIME Magazine said this ad was
unusual because of no voice with captions and also because
of no political promises.

Do visit it at:
http://time.com/2977253/campaign-ads-best-2014-summer/

Just scroll down the screen until you reach the #2 video.
Who is the candidate? Not telling you; you have to visit to
find out!

 
— no more high school basketball for a deaf referee

A deaf basketball referee told DeafDigest editor he has
stopped refereeing high school basketball games. He will
referee only recreational league basketball. Most referees
want to move up the ranks, but not that deaf referee. Why?
He said he is tired of trying to communicate with the
hearing people. Do keep in mind interpreters do not run
with the deaf referees on the basketball floor!

 
— a Comcast horror story with a deaf customer

Everyone hates Comcast. Their customer service department
hassles with customers that want to cancel the service.
A deaf man did not want cable TV that came with the Comcast
package. He only wanted the internet service. He contacted
Comcast through video relay, wanting to cancel cable TV
only. A terrible hassle took place and the deaf person
gave up and is stuck with the unwanted cable TV service.
He was told he could not cancel TV but keep internet.
This is not true, but the deaf person is stuck with the
higher Comcast monthly bills.

 

 

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2014/07/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 16, 2014

 

 
— Harlem Globetrotters’ everyday deaf opponent

It was announced yesterday in the newspaper sports pages
that Red Klotz, not deaf, passed away. He owned several
basketball teams that played every day against the Harlem
Globetrotters, having lost to them 14,000 times! But it
was for entertainment, to play dumb so that the fans
can laugh. One of Klotz’s earliest players was a deaf
player – Bill Schyman. He toured USA and the world with
Klotz’s team and the Globetrotters for two years during
the 1950s. Schyman later coached basketball at Gallaudet.

 

 
— a crazy fad in the British Deaf Community

Fads come and go. The latest fad is pouring water on
own heads. It started by the hearing people in the
United Kingdom, but has lately been copied by the
deaf. They would pour water on themselves, and then
posting these pictures and videos in the deaf community
social media. It will last maybe a few weeks until
they get tired of doing the same thing every day.
Will we see this fad in the American deaf community?

 

 

 

— Historians love this deaf person

Martin Parry, who is deaf, lives in Swindon,
United Kingdom. It is a city of 200,000 people
about 80 miles from London. He has been saving
old movies of the past days of Swindon, from
1930 through 1960. Hearing viewers are fascinated
by watching the different way of life (cars,
clothes, stores, street traffic, and famous
landmarks that have disappeared). He spends a
lot of time with this hobby.

 

 

 

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