2014/12/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 31, 2014

— Hong Kong cruel to a deaf father

A 14-year old Coda girl was arrested for drawing
grafitti on a pro-democracy wall, as part of
youth protest demonstrations. For that reason,
the Hong Kong police is asking the court to have
her removed from the deaf father’s custody.
Yes, the father is very upset about it.

 

— Titanic’s deaf connection

For years we have been fascinated by the Titanic
ship tragedy in 1912. This new ship sank on its
first trip when it hit the iceberg, causing
many deaths. Was there a deaf connection? Well,
one of these passengers was William Stead, not
deaf and a well known British writer. Before
the tragedy, he traveled to Russia and met
Anastasia Romanovna, a deaf member of the
Russian royal family. They both liked each
other and promised to stay in touch. Anastastia
then realized he was one of passengers that died.
She was heartbroken and it stayed with her until
her death!

 
— a Wells Fargo deaf commercial as the year’s best

Jose Costa, not deaf, is a marketer, and wrote a
newspaper article selecting the best commercials in
2014. He selected the commercial that showed a
deaf woman Sarah Churman as a deaf customer in a
Wells Fargo bank.

 

 

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2014/12/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 30, 2014

— a deaf film rated as one of the year’s best

The Tribe, a film by a group of deaf Ukrainian
producers, has been considered one of the best
films by The Palm Springs International Film Festival.
This film is unique, not because of the deafness
theme but because the deaf plot shows no subtitles,
no voice dialogue, no nothing! It won praises everywhere.

 
— year 2014’s unluckiest deaf person

who is the Year 2014’s unluckiest deaf person?
It is Derrick Coleman, a member of the Seattle
Seahawks NFL team that will be playing in the
playoffs. Derrick was hurt and declared out of
season. He was not hurt playing football but
broke a bone in his foot – during the pre-game
warm ups! A freak injury? Yes.

 

 

— a prison school for deaf children?

There was a short newspaper story about a new
correctional school for deaf children in
Grozny, the capital of the Chechen Republic.
It is in Russia. Deaf children attending
classes in prison? In English language,
correctional means jail or prison. Seems
that in translation from either the Russian
language or the Chechen language the word
– school – meant the same as – correctional.
Whew!

 

 

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2014/12/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 29, 2014

— an amazing deaf vendor in a small town

Wolfville, Nova Scotia is a small town of just
4,000 people. Luke Sanford, who is deaf, is
the town’s #1 vendor, selling bags of popcorns
while operating his own Kernel Sanford business.
What is amazing about him is not that he is deaf,
but also uses a wheel chair. Yet he is able to
get around to sell popcorns out of his kiosk.
He’s quite popular among the town residents.

 

— a deaf dancer that nearly 18,000 fans watch

The Brooklyn Nets play at the Barclays Center.
This popular pro basketball team has a dancing
group called Brooklyn Nets Kids, which perform
dance routines to entertain the fans. One of the
dancers is Vako Gvelesiani. He is deaf. How hard
is it to make the dancing group? Every year 500
dancers, ages 9 to 14, tryout and only 15 makes it.
This is Vako’s second year with the dancing group.
He hopes for a professional dancing career after
high school.

 
— A fake-deaf picture among 2014 Top 10 Fake Pictures

A web site listed the Top 10 Wrong and Fake
Pictures for the year of 2014. One such fake
picture was a Deaf Picture, sort of! Cuba’s
long time dictator Fidel Castro wears a
hearing aid, but does not want people to
know it. His picture was photoshopped to
remove the hearing aid from his ear. Sharp
eyes said it was a fake picture!

 

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2014/12/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 26, 2014

— a fact about SWCID that we didn’t know about

The Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf has been around
since the early eighties in Big Spring, Texas. It is a vocationally
oriented two year collegiate program for deaf. While it is part of
the Howard College, it has a campus of its own. It is next to the
Federal Correctional Institution, which houses 2,000 prisoners. The
razor wire fence separates SWCID from the prison. It is not known
if the SWCID administration is worried about possible prison escapes!
The world’s most notorious hacker is one of the prisoners.

 

— deaf club membership dues

Membership dues at hearing clubs can be real expensive – somewhere
between $250.00 and $1,000 and even higher. The Pittsburgh Association
of the Deaf, one of the nation’s most respected deaf clubs, recently
posted a list of its revised membership dues. To make it short, for
active members it is $45.00 per year. It is a huge bargain as compared
to other hearing clubs and hearing societies. Yet, it is sad that
some deaf people feel that $45.00 is VERY expensive! These same
deaf people don’t complain that Starbucks can be more expensive.

 

 

— a surprise deaf animal learns sign language

We have known that deaf dogs can learn sign language. Also the
same thing with chimps. But what about other animals? Deaf
horses have been trained to follow hand gestures. Possible to
teach a deaf cat some sign language. A man said he did, and
has produced a video to prove it. This is interesting because
cats are known for their short attention spans.

 

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2014/12/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 25, 2014

— a famous park and the deaf

DeafDigest editor is spending this week vacationing in Manhattan,
at a hotel near the Central Park. This world-famous park has deaf
connections. Deaf filmmaker Ernest Marshall made a couple of films,
with the Central Park as the location, always keeping an eye out for
police officers! He was filming without the necessary city permits.
And there was a foreign film theater across the street, showing all
these movie subtitles. And then there was Fredrick Law Olmsted. Who
was he? He designed the Central Park – and also – the Gallaudet
University! Anyway, back to Marshall, a brief bio of him and his
work at the Central Park is at:

http://deafdigest.com/ernest-marshall-famous-deaf-filmmaker/

 

— comments from a deaf chef

Kevin Voelker is a deaf chef that teaches future deaf chefs at
the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. How did he learn these
cooking skills? He mostly learned on his own – learning from
family members, learning from other chefs at different
restaurants, watching the Food Network shows, reading these
cookbooks and practicing at different kitchens. These chefs
told him – you do not need ears to cook, must have good
eyes and good taste! Who knows – we may find future deaf
chefs at restaurants across the state of Florida.

 
— a long wait for a deaf organization

A deaf organization wanted to apply for IRS 501(c)3 tax exampt status
so it could serve its mission of helping the deaf of other nations.
How long did that organization wait before IRS finally gave it the
tax exempt status? Almost three years! The IRS will not always act
fast.

 

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2014/12/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 24, 2014

— a big mess at a school for the deaf

There is a big mess at a school for the deaf. But is not
what you may think – students and teachers both get along
very well. Students are well behaved and listen carefully
in the classroom. The mess is from outside – young hearing
men, bored with nothing to do, smoke marijuana, near the
school property. They bother the deaf students and
the teachers are not able to do anything about it.
It is taking place at the Adjei State School for the Deaf
in Ghana! We are grateful this is not happening in USA.

 
— sign language or computer technology

The CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange & Chicago Board
of Trade) is like a stock market, dealing with oil, cattle,
crops, coffee beans, etc). Brokers shout out their orders.
For many years they used a special sign language to communicate
with each other (numbers, months and letters). The CME had
hoped to eliminate sign language with computers. That was about
20-25 years ago. Sign language still won! One CME broker said
“technology cannot replace sign language!”

 

— farewell to a special friend in Hollywood

Joseph Sargent, probably the best friend in Hollywood
among the deaf actors, passed away. While he was not
deaf, he did much for the deaf. He co-founded the Deaf
West Theater. He directed the movie “Love is never
Silent” which is considered to be the best deaf movie
ever. And not afraid of controversy, he directed
the movie – Sweet Nothing in My Ear, which starred
Marlee Matlin. It was about a deaf couple having
a hard time deciding about giving their deaf son a CI or not.
DeafDigest wishes there were more Joseph Sargents
in Hollywood.

 
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2014/12/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 23, 2014

— Electric Mirror not deaf-friendly

Electric Mirror? It is a special mirror, in bathrooms of some
hotels, that show TV programs with a remote control, while
the person is using the bathroom. It is not deaf-friendly!
Why? Because of no captions. The “mirror” is less than
13 inches, not having to obey the FCC 13-inches or more rule
for TV captions!

 

— a deaf person’s dream engineering job

The Marshall Space Flight Center, part of the huge
NASA complex in Huntsville, Alabama, has several
thousand engineers. DeafDigest knows of two
deaf engineers in the past. There is a third
deaf engineer currently employed – Victoria
Garcia. She was recently featured in Cosmo’s “Get
That Life,” a magazine about successful women.
She has been employed since 2008.

 

— some talk about next Gallaudet president

There have been talk among some groups on who the
next Gallaudet president should be. Should the candidate
have a doctorate? Or should the candidate have a
law degree, as more and more universities are hiring
presidents with these law degrees? Or should a
candidate have a proven fund raising success? This is
important because Gallaudet has lost a friend in
Harkin, who is retiring and has always been supportive
of Gallaudet’s funding needs.

 

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2014/12/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 22, 2014

— A Deaf Santa twist

For many years, Deaf Santas have entertained deaf children
at shopping malls. But in Huntington, West Virginia, there
is a twist. The Deaf Santa has been accompanied by a Deaf
Mrs. Santa Claus, who is Deaf-Blind!

 

 

— a taxi that is anti-deaf

New York City is coming up with “Taxi of Tomorrow” which is
these new taxi cabs. Many people hate it. The taxi industry
officials have filed a lawsuit to stop it. Automobile
manufacturers have opposed it because the city selected
Nissan as the official New York taxi cab. And deaf and
hard of hearing leaders have opposed it! Why? Two reasons.
the audio system in the taxi is very bad and hard of
hearing people will struggle with it. And for the deaf,
no way to reach these taxi for ride reservations. Standing
on the street to hail the cab is not always easy.

 

 

— another big irony with ASL

DeafDigest has mentioned several times re the Coolidge
coin irony with its U-S-A fingerspelling, because Grace
Coolidge taught at a school that did not allow sign
language. And there is another irony! The National
Geographic Society was led by Alexander Graham Bell,
and the various members of the Grosvenor family. They
opposed the use of sign language. Yet the January 2015
edition of the National Geographic magazine featured two
sign language illustrations!

 
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