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2014/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 22, 2014

— a small town deaf councilman votes twice on the same motion

Keith Dawkins, a deaf councilman from Hartlepool, a small town in
United Kingdom, wears a hearing aid to allow him to function
as normally as possible. During a recent heated vote on a
controversial motion, he voted twice without realizing it.
He voted to support the motion and then voted against the motion.
When the teller pointed it out to him, Keith realized his
error and was allowed to vote for the third time after fully
understanding the motion. Hearing aid? For some reason he
was not using his hearing aid at that time!

 
— an autistic deaf person was a keynote speaker

Mathew Townsend, who is deaf and is an autistic, recently
gave a keynote speech at Australia’s Autism in Education National
Conference. He was given a standing ovation by 450 people
in the audience. He holds a degree in Environmental Science
and plans to go for his masters in Environmental Management.
Future employment? He hopes so because discrimination against
autistic (and deaf) people is very strong in Australia.

 

— a third Gallaudet player NFL may be interested in

In recent years we have had two Gallaudet football players
that attracted interest from pro football scouts. First was
Tony Tatum, who is now with the Cleveland Gladiators of
the Arena Football League. The second was Adham Talaat, who
got tryouts with three NFL teams (Seahawks, Chiefs and Giants).
Possibly right now we have a third player – Jaris Alleyne.
A scouting report said: Gallaudet the last two years has
produced Pro Football Prospects Tony Tatum and Adham Talaat,
but Alleyne might be the best of the three.

 

 

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2014/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 21, 2014

— group of cops mocking the deaf near Ferguson, MO

Some years back, a deaf woman was given summons for not
taking trash out of her backyard. She was fined $150.00
in the court. Watching the whole thing and then laughing
very hard behind her back was a group of police officers.
This took place in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, which happens to
be less than four miles from Ferguson! Cops showing
lack of respect for the deaf and for people of other
races?

— A deaf-blind attorney filing a lawsuit

DeafDigest has mentioned Haben Girma, who is deaf-blind,
a Harvard graduate and also an attorney. She has filed
a lawsuit against Scribd, which is a digital library
service. She is saying this company discriminates against
the deaf-blind as well as with the blind because they
cannot access material on-line.

 

— reasons for Rochester deaf’s fight for captions

A group of deaf people from Rochester, NY have been fighting
for captions at the Regal Henrietta Stadium 18 theater. Why
did they fight for captions? Several reasons. Difficulty in
using the special captioning glasses. Much discomfort while
wearing these glasses. And the theater did not have enough
of these glasses if too many deaf people show up! Why
not just turn on the captions button? The theater refuses
to do so.

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2014/08/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 20, 2014

— unusual cell mate for a deaf prisoner

A deaf woman, sentenced to jail on a 120 day sentence
because of drunken driving, requested an unusual cell mate.
Her request was granted. It is her own hearing ear dog!
She argued that with the dog she is given equal accommodations
in the prison system.

 

— cost to convert movie house to a captioned system

What is the cost to convert an old fashioned movie house
to a captioned movie house? It is $650,000. This amount
was spent by a movie house owner in the Washington, DC
area. He could afford it; owners of small town movie
houses cannot afford it and as a consequence, close it
for good.

 

 

— a job interview at Google

Google is one of the world’s premier high technology firms.
Jobs there are in demand. What is a typical question asked
of job applicants by Google interviewers? How would you design
a phone for deaf people? Those that can successfully answer
are hired; those that are not are turned away

 

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2014/08/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 19, 2014

 
— a deaf man is one of nation’s longest serving football coaches

As a young man in the early sixties, Gary Klingensmith, who is
deaf, was a well known football player at Penn State. He turned
down a New York Jets contract to coach football at Gallaudet
(1965 thru 1967). He then became a coach at Juniata HS in Pennsylvania.
He is still at the same high school, his 46th year on the job. He
is so deaf that he relies on his eyes instead of earphones from
press box assistant coaches to keep up action on the field.
Penn State? Yes, in case you are asking, Joe Paterno was his
backfield coach! Did Gary like Joe? Gary hated Joe!

 

— loopholes can prevent captions at movie houses

The law says movie theaters must provide captions – no matter if
it is open captioned or rear window captions or Google Glass
captions, etc. There are two loopholes that can prevent captions.
If cost of movie captions causes a movie house to go broke, then
it is OK for them not to caption! If the movie house cannot be
adapted to show captions, then it is OK for them not to caption!
Scary for us? Yes!

 

— A deaf police officer with many honors

We have a deaf police officer – sheriff’s deputy Susie Cambre,
a small town officer in Southeast Louisiana. She has been
a police officer for many years. Some of the awards she has
won are – President’s Child Protection Award, Valley
Forge Freedom Foundation Award, National American Legion
Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Kiwanis Club Law
Enforcement Officer of the Year and Neighborhood Knight Award.

 

 

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2014/08/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, August 18, 2014

— no captions on a nationally televised football game and FCC complaint

DeafDigest editor, in his hotel room in Lancaster, PA, was watching
the Baltimore Ravens-Dallas Cowboys football game. It was aired on
the ABC network – and it was not captioned. The local commercials
were captioned; the national commercials weren’t. A complaint was
posted on-line with the FCC. A simple no-captions complaint? No.
The on-line form was complicated with so many questions. Anyway,
hopefully the FCC will immediately respond to the complaint and
“punish” the ABC local station (Harrisburg, PA) for not turning
on the captions. In case you are curious about the on-line form,
it is at:
https://esupport.fcc.gov/ccmsforms/form2000.action?form_type=2000C

 

— EMTs’ communication kit

The deaf communication/information sheet is available in the
ambulances in the Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. It is for
EMTs that need to communicate with deaf patients. It lists
sign gestures, printed questions, instructions on getting
interpreters, etc. Do ambulances everywhere in the world
have this kind of information? What about ambulances in USA?

 

— chess is a dangerous sport

The World Chess Olympiad is an event where world’s best chess
players compete and try to win the championship. It is
dangerous for health of some players. On the last day of
the event, two players died! One of the two players was
Alisher Anarkulov of Uzbekistan. He is deaf. Why is
chess dangerous. Sitting down for seven hours a day
every day for two weeks – without rest is stressful.
For some players, their health cannot take it!

 

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