2015/06/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2015

 

 

— a deaf woman is accused because of an assumption

Sehriban Sertkal, a deaf Turkish woman, has been formally
accused of terrorism because of street riot last October.
She was shot by police and badly injured at that time.
What made the Turkish government think she was the
suspect? The government checked the hospital records
amd learned that she was the only woman admitted
that day! She will have her day in court.

 

 

— scientist Kirk Langstrom liked to study the bats

Scientist Kirk Langstrom was said to be gifted for
his knowledge of bats, and their ability to hear
underwater sounds. He experimented with bats’
blood to help humans hear better under water.
The experiment went bad, and Kirk became deaf,
and his body became deformed! It left Kirk
very bitter about it. Fantasy? Yes, it was
part of the Batman comics. A comic book
critic said deaf Kirk is #1 on the long list
of Batman villains.

 

 

— the “great” Kanye West cannot be captioned

Kanye West gave a recent performance at Glastonbury,
in Great Britain. His language was not appropriate,
and as a result much of his songs were not
captioned. Deaf English people were not too happy
about it, because the hearing could catch every
word whereas the deaf couldn’t!

 
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2015 morning

 

— a sad hearing testing story

Just hard to believe but it is happening to one
audiological center at a hospital in southern Odisha,
India. The testing machine is broken. It has been
broken for over a month. And for some reason, it is
not being repaired. And the hospital has not ordered
a new testing machine. In the meantime, the line of
patients needing to get hearing tests gets longer
and longer.

 
— a question by a deaf Japanese person

A group of deaf Japanese people attended the recent
Hearing Loss Association of America convention.
One of them was puzzled about the CI. He asked if
the Americans have CI insurance then why some
of them need to raise funds in the first place?
He said his nation the national health care
system completely funds these implants.

 

 

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2015/06/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 29, 2015

 
— no, says a famed fertility doctor

Dr. Jeffrey Steinberg is a famed Hollywood fertility
doctor. One of his patients are Kim Kardashian
and Kanye West. They wanted a baby boy, and Steinberg
worked on it. But when a deaf couple wanted a
deaf baby, Steinberg said:

No. We can’t do it because it may cause harm.
We need to do things right

 
— a crazy TV commercial about life insurance

There was a commercial on TV about life insurance.
It was about an angry deaf teenager accusing
her hearing father for allowing her to be
born deaf. She was running around, very
upset about it. The hidden message was
to urge families to purchase life insurance!
Geico? No way! It was a Thai life insurance
company showing its commercial on Thai TV
network.

 

 

— pictures of USA national deaf basketball teams

These teams will compete at the 2015 World Deaf
Basketball Championships

the USA men’s team didn’t win the past Deaflympics;
so the goal is to win the world championship this time

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 29, 2015 morning

 

 

— something we didn’t know about Helen Keller

Even though Helen Keller died in 1968, she continues
as one of the world’s most admired individuals. Yet
there is a dark side to her that many people don’t
know. She was an advocate – pushing for women’s
voting rights, for birth control and for rights
of workers. While she helped set up the American
Civil Liberties Union, she was a member of two
organizations, considered radical in these days –
Socialist Party of America and Industrial Workers
of the World. She, however, was a great person.

 
— pictures of USA national deaf basketball teams

These teams will compete at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships

the USA men’s team didn’t win the past Deaflympics; so the goal is to
win the world championship this time

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 28, 2015 morning

 

 

— a big issue at a Texas interpreting workshop

It is always hated when a deaf person says something
or fingerspells something only to have the interrpeter
botch it up by saying differently. It has happened
one time too many over the years with DeafDigest
editor that uses an interpreter. This was the hot
issue brought up in a workshop hosted by the
exas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative
Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Services. This applies to interpreters, both
certified and not certified!

 

— a newspaper columnist scolds the FCC

Bob Dyer, a columnist with the Akron Beacon
Journal, a newspaper, ran a column that
was titled:

Is FCC serious about closed captioning?

He was referring to one Cleveland news
station that had serious real time
captioning issues, leaving deaf viewers
confused. He said that while FCC has a long
list of captioning rules and mandates,
it is not really enforced – worst thing
is just a slap on the wrist! This
columnist is correct.

 

 
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2015 morning

— a twist in the story of a deaf man jailed for 6 months

Abreham Zemedagegehu, a deaf immigrant, was accused of
stealing someone’s iPad at an airport terminal. He
was put into jail for six months – with no access to
an interpreter and with no formal charges. He has
always denied the theft. Now – the twist – the
hearing person who accused the deaf man, admitted
he was not telling the truth. The Virginia judge
immediately freed the deaf man.

 

— requests for interpreters backfiring against deaf

A deaf woman wanted to learn how to drive in California
but ran into no-interpreter issues at driving schools.
And there is another one – a deaf woman from New Mexico
was given the run around twice when she showed up to
obtain her driver’s license. They told her she must
have an interpreter – and rescheduled her appointment
for that reason. She showed up, but the interpreter
didn’t! She is very angry about it. Times have
changed. Years ago a deaf person would write notes
back and forth at the Department of Motor Vehicles
offices – and were able to get licenses. It is a
barrier right now – because of interpreting issues!
Very troubling.

 

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