2015/03/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 25, 2015

 
— a slowly growing role of deaf pilots

We have a good number of deaf pilots. And we have an
organization – Deaf Pilots Association, Inc. It
advocates the rights and needs of deaf pilots. One
thing about deaf pilots is interesting – that
almost all of them are recreational pilots. Many
hearing pilots fly airplanes for a living, not
that so with the deaf. Slowly this is changing
– a deaf businessman uses his plane for business
95 percent of a time. And a new deaf pilot will be
using her airplane to deliver supplies for the
family business.

 
— a comment that angered Marlee Matlin

As a young actress, Marlee Matlin won an Oscar, a
honor that made many actors jealous of her.
A comment made her very angry. Rex Reed, a well-known
movie critic said that Marlee won only because of
the “pity” vote. Well, to date, she has 56 career
acting credits and this number will be growing
as long as she continues to act. How many acting
credits does famous actress Jennifer Aniston have?
Just 55 credits, one less than Marlee!

 

— a new interpreting law that is scary

In Tennessee, a legislator has proposed a new
bill – that is scary. In cases of domestic
issues that ask for police assistance, volunteer
interpreters do not have to be certified nor
knowledgeable in ASL. While family members
would not be allowed to interpret, this bill
is more harmful than helpful. Yes, deaf agencies
are fighting this bill.

 

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2015/03/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 24, 2015

 

— a deaf US marshal

A past deaf magazine ran a story on a deaf man that
served as a US marshal. It is a very dangerous job in the
law enforcement field, dealing with violent criminals.
This deaf man served during the early part of 20th century
and it is not known how  he got the job. Just recently,
a hard of hearing man, wanting to be a marshal, was turned
down by the feds. He filed a lawsuit but lost his case in
the 11th Circuit Court. He said his hearing aid would help
him hear everything, but the courts said no.

 
— deaf role removed from a great 1990 movie

one of the most famous movies ever shown was “Pretty Woman”
filmed in 1990 and starring Julie Roberts and Richard Gere.
The script asked for a deaf hotel manager; the hearing aid
was supposed to be shown during the filming. The director,
at the very last minute, killed that deaf character part.

 
— Subway accessibility for the deaf

finally, a Subway accessibility for the deaf. Not the
big city subway system, but the sandwich fast food
restaurant. At the Subway in St. Joseph, Missouri, there
is a touch-screen system at the drive in. No more
of the much-hated voice speeaker system. Hopefully
all Subway drive-ins in USA will have touch-screen
systems.

 

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2015/03/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 23, 2015

— real reason an interpreting training program closed up

the Davis Applied Technology College, in Utah, is sort
of a junior college that offers vocational training
programs. One of the programs – the interpreting
training program closed up. Reason was low enrollement.
Strange since demand for interpreters is high and
it promises lifetime employment. There is another
reason for low enrollment – the course was very
difficult, according to a newspaper story.

 

— confession of a hearing actor

Should hearing actors play deaf roles? Garry McDonald,
a well known Australian actor/comedian said:

Playing a deaf man? This is no good. This is too hard

This shows he is honest.

 

— #2 Batman Villian

Over the years in many comic books, Batman has faced many
villians. A Batman fan has listed Top 10 Villians. #2 on
his list is deaf Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a scientist that
studies bats as part of his research. He decided to make
himself a bat, but because of his deafness, he has become
a crazy scientist, giving Batman a lot of problems.

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2015/03/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 20, 2015

 

— while waiting for interpreter to show up

In Cheshire, a county in Great Britain, when the police arrest
the deaf and request and interpreter, what do they do while
waiting? They show the deaf a video that has been produced
by the Cheshire Deafness Support Network. It explains in
British Sign Language what their rights are during arrests.
When the interpreter arrives, the police will then
proceed with the arrest procedures.

 

— know nothing about the noise

The New York Times ran an article about a company hiring
the deaf for the first time. These hearing employees
realize one thing – that the deaf know nothing about
the noise they make! Examples are burping, sneezing,
coughing, yawning, moaning, sighing, keyboard tapping,
screeching office chair, pencil tapping, paper
shuffling, etc. If such noises bother the hearing
in a quiet office, what are they going to do about it?
The suggestion is to be tactful in explaining to the deaf!

 
— secrets of a professional deaf dancer

Harriet Gould, who is deaf, is a professional dancer,
performing at nightclubs across Europe. How is she able
to dance so well? She said she wears stage costumes to
attract attention and to establish own beats, forcing the
musicians to adapt to her, instead of her adapting to them!
Her bag of tricks is the reason for her success on stage.

 

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2015/03/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 19, 2015

 
— telling the world you are deaf

Do you want to tell the world that you are deaf?
The Komae-shi municipal government, part of the Tokyo
metropolitan area, will be distributing special
vests. On the back of these vests are these
words – I am deaf – shown in reflective tape.
What this means is that deafness may become
less of an invisible disability!

 

— be careful if you sign the word “pig”

A deaf man was arrested in Cumbria, a city in
Great Britain. He was charged for being drunk
and disorderly in public. Angry, he called the
arresting officer “pig” in sign language.
But the police officer was fluent in British
Sign Language and did not appreciate being
called a pig. The court agreed with the officer
and fined the deaf man and gave him a year
probation, with a warning to behave in public.

 

— the deaf in a famous TV program

A famous TV show is The Jerry Springer Show, which
shows the worst in human behavior. Any deaf
connections? Jerry’s daughter is deaf. And he
donated $230,000, in honor of his deaf daughter
to a public school in Evanston, Illinois. And one
of the past show participants was a deaf stripper
trying to deal with a husband that has dumped her
to be with his half-sister. And the hot news
right now is that Jill Blackstone, his show
producer, has been accused of murdering her
deaf sister. This case has been dropped by the
district attorney, but the police is still
investigating.

 

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2015/03/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 18, 2015

 

— a well known school to teach future deaf truck drivers

For years the deaf have fought the US Department of
Transportation to permit deaf truckdrivers across
state lines. We are slowly seeing more new deaf truck
drivers. It was learned that a well known school has a
class to teach the deaf to drive trucks. It is the
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID)!
Already a deaf man from India quit his job to enroll
at SWCID truck driving classes.

 
— a deaf man in the high world of finance & economics

We are always reading about the Wall Street, US Treasury,
World Bank, European Union, etc, etc, but not about
the deaf in these high financial and economic places.
Do we have one? Yes – Ken O’Neill, deaf since birth,
is an assistant statistician with the Office of the
Chief Economic Adviser in Scotland. Is he interested
in the needs of the deaf? Yes. He is trying to invent
economic and finance signs for the British Sign Language.

 

— two outstanding deaf photographers

Many deaf people love photography. We have two deaf
photographers that are outstanding. One is Michael
Pimentel, Fremont, CA, who is a sports photographer.
He has had his pictures published in the Sports
Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, New York Times, etc.
Another outstanding photographer is Tate Tullier,
Gonzales, LA. He takes pictures of weddings,
families and fashion. What do Michael and
Tate have in common? They taught themselves
photography, having never attended classes at
photography schools!

 

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2015/03/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 17, 2015

 
— a surprise about a school for the deaf

Rochester School for the Deaf is well known. Many
deaf people have known about or have heard about
this school. But there is a big surprise with this
school. Deaf people in the Rochester area watch
local captioned news on two TV stations (WHAM-TV 13
and WUHF-TV 31). Who pays for these captions?
Rochester School for the Deaf! This is the pleasant
surprise.

 
— last laugh at a deaf basketball tournament

This month, there have been deaf regional basketball
tournaments. The best teams move on to the national
tournament. The championship game of one regional
tournament involved a “broke” team of players
paying for own travel expenses, lodging and meals.
The coach of the other team paid out of his pockets
to bring in top players with free train and plane
tickets. Who won the championship? The broke team!
Said one fan – money don’t buy a championship.

 

— sign language not allowed in legislative sessions

A hearing legislator introduced himself, using sign
language before addressing the need for interpreters.
His sign langauge efforts pleased the deaf. It did
not please the other legislators. In fact they scolded
him, saying sign language was a violation of
legislative courtesy. This legislator did not agree.
Neither did the deaf organization that was pushing
for this interpreter legislation. It did not happen
in USA, but in Japan, at the Hyogo Prefecture!

 

 

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2015/03/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 16, 2015

 

— today’s memo highlights of Gallaudet presidential search

The memo distributed today re highlights of the Gallaudet
presidential search is as follows

* interest in this position is high
* several applicants had “confidential conversations”
* series of interviews to last several months
* public campus interviews to take part Fall 2015 semester

What this means, we will have to wait until this fall
to see how the whole process develops (hint Gallaudet
homecoming week; this opinion is DeafDigest only)

 
— A short film about a deaf man in soccer

One of the films shown at the recent New York Film Festival
is “Hear This” which is about a hearing son of a
deaf father. The hearing son worships his father, a great
soccer player. The son is angry that his father was not
allowed to become the coach because of his deafness.
The son wants to show the world that they were wrong about
the deaf.

 

— a hidden fact about Robert Durst

There was a big story about Robert Durst, who was recently
arrested by New Orleans police because of a murder case
in Los Angeles. What many of us did not know was that
he once faked as a deaf woman, using the name of a woman,
who was an old high school friend. He used that name to
avoid being arrested by the police in Texas in 2001.

 

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