2015/11/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 24, 2015

— an instrument that made a deaf woman famous

Evelyn Glennie, a deaf British woman, is the world’s
best percussionist, very popular and always in demand
at musical halls. Exactly what is percussion?
It is a very different kind of musical instrument.
Hard to explain but a picture would give an idea:

http://deafdigest.com/an-unusual-musical-instrument/

 

— a Coda that is comfortable with the deaf

There was a big story of Kaleb Pedersen, a Coda and
the only hearing member of an all-deaf family.
All of his cousins, aunts, uncles, etc are deaf.
What is interesting is that Kaleb feels at home
with them, even to the point of saying that he
would rather be deaf. Most Codas do not feel
that way – while they are proud to have deaf
parents and many do sign very well, they mingle
with the hearing during their free time. Not
Kaleb, that makes him a rarity.

 

— Microsoft and the deaf

Microsoft manufactures Xbox, which is a popular
video game set. For years game manufacturers have
bypassed the needs of the deaf that like to play
video games. This time the Microsoft people is
asking for input from deaf people that use
Xbox, especially those not being able to hear
these beeps and sounds.

 

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2015/11/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 23, 2015

 
— too expensive to refuse

Too expensive to refuse? This is the dilemma that faces
the bars, restaurants and doctors’ offices in Portland,
Oregon. If these facilities refuse to turn on captions
upon requests by deaf patrons, they face $500 fines.
This law was passed by the city council last week.
We can make sure deaf activists will enter these
bars with their camera phones and take pictures
of non-captioned TV programs as evidence!

Picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/bartender-must-turn-on-captions/

 

 

— calling someone hard of hearing is an insult

Every language has own strange and odd phrases.
One such odd phrase is used by the hearing people
that speak French. If a French-speaking
person wants to talk about a hard of hearing
person, he won’t say it directly because it is
an insult. Instead he says in French “Avoir les
portugaises ensablées” which means their “Portuguese
are filled with sand.” Makes no sense, all the
more reason why languages are fascinating.

 

 

 

— cost of movie captions

What is the cost of captions at a movie theaters?
It would be about $2,200 plus an annual license
fee of about $500. Some movie theaters can afford it; some
can’t and they are forced to ask for outside donations!

 

 

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deaf jump up and down

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JUMPING UP AND DOWN AFTER HEARING ON CI FOR FIRST TIME
From time to time we read stories of deaf people
(not late deafened, but deaf) jumping up and down after
hearing sounds for the first time in their lives with
their new CI.
Do they understand the noises? No. Do they understand
the voices? No – yet they still jump up and down.
It takes years of learning how to understand
sounds. Cannot learn sounds in five minutes!

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car accidents deaf know nothing

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ACCIDENT ON THE STREET
We all see car accidents on the streets in every
city.
Curious hearing people in the crowd talk about
the accident – how did the accident happen? Which
driver is at fault for the accident? Etc!
A deaf person in the crowd knows nothing about it!

 

 

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deaf and hearing blind person

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DEAF PERSON AND HEARING BLIND BECOME BEST FRIENDS
A deaf person at work is lucky. His company
hired a blind person as a new employee.
That hearing blind person is not 100 percent
blind – has very fuzzy vision that he cannot
see clearly, just fuzzy.
And the blind person easily understands
deaf “speech” and knows fingerspelling!
This is why the deaf person is happy
to help the blind person at work.

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deaf door open shut mystery

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DOOR SHUT THEN OPEN
Always a mystery why several hearing people in a
room would shut the door during a heavy discussion,
and then open the door few minutes later.
Are they talking bad things about the deaf?
Hope not!

 

2015/11/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 20, 2015

— the mysterious Deaf Village

A Deaf Village averages 14 deaf births per 1,000 people,
higher than USA’s 2 or 3 deaf births per 1,000 people.
Deafness in the village has spanned 7 generations.
Why so many deaf people? Village lore said that two
powerful leaders fought each other and then cursed
their families to be deaf for generations. Everyone
in the village uses sign language. It is home made,
different from the national sign language. The location
of the village is isolated and few have traveled
outside. Name of the village? Bengkala, which is in
Bali, in the northern part of Indonesia. For a picture
of group of natives signing “I Love You” – not the
same as our ILY sign:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-village-in-indonesia/

 

 

— FCC says captions cannot block the football scores

FCC has a rule that captions cannot block the screen.
The football score and scoreboard information must be
clear and easy to read. So why do captions often
block the scores? A broadcast engineer said there are
so many reasons why captions go bad – even though
everyone wants to follow the FCC strict rules.
Wrong code, wrong programming, wrong timing,
and many other wrong things. We hate it. TV
engineers hate it. FCC hates it – yet captions
often go bad.

 
— another comedian making fun of the deaf

From time to time we read of comedians making
fun of the deaf. The latest comedian is
Mary Lynn Rajskub. She spoke a “deaf accent”
to make fun of a chef that spoke with a
funny accent. This issue was brought up by
an angry write for a web site.

 

 

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2015/11/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 19, 2015

— an unusual owner of a store

Anne Rosata, who is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, owns a store in Palm Harbor, Florida. The
store may be an unusual business for a deaf person as
it is a music school. This school teaches hearing
students how to play all types of music. As a
student at a local community college, she was
advised by a professor to forget music as a career
because of her deafness. She didn’t listen!
The picture of the store owner is at:

http://deafdigest.net/unusual-owner-of-a-store/

 

— a frustrated deaf poker player

A deaf poker player had a prepaid card with a casino
in Atlantic City, NJ and wanted to transfer the balance
to his poker account so he could play online. He was
told he needed a personal identification number to
make this tranfer. The casino would not even accept
his call through the relay service, thinking the
relay operator could use the information for own
personal gain. He argued with the casino for one
hour – no luck! He is discussing this with an
attorney on the possibility of a lawsuit.

 

— Deaf Culture, 10 years ago and now

A Deaf Education coordinator at Flagler College,
St Augustine, Florida made this interesting
comment. She said that ten years ago, her
hearing students could attend an event at
a deaf club and there would be 40 people
there. Now if they go to the same deaf club
there may be 10 people. Why? Maybe five
of them went to a football game and maybe
four of them are having drinks at a local
restaurant. The rest? Involved in the
local community. Who made that remark?
Margaret Finnegan, the Flagler coordinator.

 
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