2016/01/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 28, 2016

— a role as a hunter for a deaf actress

In the latest “Into The Mystic” TV episode,
veteran deaf actress Shoshonnah Stern has been
featured as a hunter. A TV critic said she did
a great job acting in that episode. Her picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-actress-shoshonnah-stern/

 
— a new role for a baseball cap

If we see many deaf people wear baseball caps
in the future, it may have nothing to do with
this sport! A team of hearing aid specialists
from a university in Chennai (India) has
come up with a special cap. It holds a hidden
hearing aid! A sponge inside the cap functions
as a hearing aid. Not exactly sure how this works,
though. They are saying it is for people that
are ashamed to show their hearing aids in public!

 

— a reason for hated hearing man to avoid sign language

Deaf activists hate Alexander Graham Bell because
of his anti-sign language, pro-oralism views. But
was there a reason for Bell not liking sign
language? He was a dyslexic. People with dyslexia
have problems reading. They are forced to use
“tricks” to allow them to read in a different way.
Maybe sign language scared him off because of
his problems reading in a normal way? His
telephone invention led to the TTY years later.

 

 

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2016/01/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 27, 2016

— Nyle DiMarco was not Tyra Banks’ first deaf model

It may be a surprise to many of us, but Nyle DiMarco
was not Tyra Banks’ first deaf model! This honor
belongs to Floyd McClain, Jr, of Southern California.
He modeled in 2008 and came as runner ups. He was
the reason why Tyra changed her mind. She wanted
all of her models to be females but after seeing
him, she quickly changed her mind!

Floyd’s picture and brief explanation is at:
http://deafdigest.com/tyra-banks-first-deaf-tv-model/

 

 

— captions on airplanes, really

There was an announcement that video provider Gogo Vision
has agreed to provide captions on airplane trips. Really?
Gogo Vision has agreed to complete its captioning project
within 18 months from now (meaning target date is August
2017). And these captions are for flights between
American cities. On overseas flights, good question,
and not best news for deaf passengers that travel
to foreign cities!

 
— 20 years to complete ADA plan

Does it take 20 years to complete a ADA plan? The
Chicago Transit Authority said it would take 20
years to make its rail system 100 percent
ADA-compliant. This is not good news for the
disabled (accessibility ramps) and for the
deaf (captions on displays and on emergency
announcements). 20 years means a lifetime!

 

 

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2016/01/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 26, 2016

— discovering lost Deaf Films

Deaf people took movies of deaf events many years ago.
These films had been “lost” until just now. These
films have been restored and shown at a big Deaf
Movie event in Great Britain. Four pictures at:

http://deafdigest.com/lost-deaf-films/

 
— vibrating sailboats

Do sailboats vibrate to help the deaf? Not really,
but there was one sailboat – named Tenacius.
It just went through the Panama Canal with
a deaf and disabled crew. In the cabins where
the deaf sleep, the pads on the floor
vibrate to alert them. We have few deaf
that are sailboat instructors, but do they
have vibrating sailboats? Doubt it!

 

— not deaf and can’t hear

In an interview yesterday, a hearing person,
talking about a deaf person, said “she is not
deaf; she just can’t hear.” This is a strange
comment – a deaf person cannot hear.

 
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2016/01/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 25, 2016

— a movie theater refuses to show open captions

The Westgarth Cinemas has refused to open caption their
movies. The Deaf Community is very angry about it.
A story about the theater’s refusal was written
up in a local newspaper. The theater has made available
their individual captioning devices, but the deaf patrons
said either the device is defective or is not available
upon demand! The theater is in Australia.A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/demand-to-open-caption/

 

 
— school for the deaf open in freezing weather

It is freezing right now in Hong Kong. The local
government has ordered all schools to close until
the weather gets better. Yet, for some reason,
the school for the deaf was ordered to stay open!
Why? No reason was given.

 

— a complaint by the blind

The blind people have a complaint. When they go to
the movies, they are given portable captioning
devices! It is not funny. It is the same as the
deaf going to a restaurant and being given
Braille menus.

 
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