2016/02/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 23, 2016

— our Gallaudet bourbon

Gallaudet getting into hard liquor distilling
business? No – but two hearing women (that know
no ASL) has designed a new logo for the
bourbon distillery they are planning to
establish not too far from Gallaudet. They
said the logo is a way to honor Gallaudet
and the Deaf Heritage in the neighborhood.
The logo is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-bourbon-logo/

 

— sign language or gestures by Starbucks barista

the newspapers today are full of stories of a Starbucks
hearing barista in Leesburg, VA wanting to learn ASL to
communicate with a deaf patron. ASL or just a few coffee
gestures? ASL is a complete langauge; gestures are just
short, simple and often home-made to get the message
across. Starbucks, by the way, has a few deaf baristas.

 

 

— FCC says “Shared Responsibility” on captions

FCC boss Tom Wheeler says captions are “shared
responsiblity” by video providers. Yes, but there
is more to what he said. Shared responsibility
that Wheeler did not mention is making sure
all captions do not block the scoreboards of
athletic events; making sure captions will
show up instead of taking for granted; making
sure captions are clear, not fuzzy or blurred.
When captions go bad or do not show up, there
are always someone that messed it up – and
TV people are forever pointing fingers at
each other!

 
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2016/02/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 22, 2016

 
— small village nervous every time a woman is pregnant

Quarad, a village in the Saudi Arabian mountains, 3,300
feet above sea level, has nearly 40 deaf residents
in a population of 1,000 people. These deaf people
marry each other, thus producing more deaf babies.
This is the reason why everytime a woman is pregnant
the village people hold their breaths to see if the
baby is deaf or hearing. Word does get around that
fast! These deaf people lead primitive lives and
communicate via gestures and body language, knowing
no formal sign language. Some of them use videos
in their mobile phones to communicate with each
other. For a picture of two deaf villagers
communicating with each other:

http://deafdigest.com/two-primitive-deaf-villagers/

 

— a drunk hearing woman mocks deaf in subway

A group of young deaf people boarded the subway
in Surrey, a city near Vancouver, British
Columbia. A 46-year old drunk woman mocked
their deafness and tried to attack them
with a knife. Two hearing people, seeing
the whole thing, tried to break it up
and she then attacked them! The police
came over and arrested her. She is now
awaiting trial and ordered not to ride
the subways again!

 

— a newspaper story woke up the legislators

Few weeks ago DeafDigest mentioned that the
Florida legislators were unaware of lack
of standards for interpreters in the state.
As a result, the House legislators quickly
passed a bill to require certification
for classroom interpreters. All that
remains is for the Senate to work on it.
What bothers DeafDigest editor about
this bill – is that it is for classroom
standards – but no standards for
deaf adults that need interpreters!
Hopefully it is the next step.

 

 

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bar-captions-bad

bar captions bad

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A BARTENDER REFUSES ASSISTANCE
Two deaf patrons were at a bar, watching
TV. The captions suddenly went bad.
The bartender tried to fix the captions
and gave up.
The deaf patron, who knew a lot about
fixing TV captions, offered to help.
The bartender refused and told the deaf
“too bad, captions are bad.”
Very rude!

confused-with-deaf-patient

confused with deaf patient

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A CONFUSED PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT
A physician’s assistant never met a deaf
person in her life.
The deaf person was with an interpreter.
The assistant entered the room and gave the
interpreter the form to fill out the medical
form.
Before the interpreter could say anything,
the deaf patient screamed:

this is for me; this is not for the interpreter;
you are trying to make me look stupid, thinking
a deaf person cannot read or write!

safeway-scream-at-deaf-person

safeway scream at deaf person

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SAFEWAY SCREAMING AT A DEAF CUSTOMER
A deaf person shopped for food at Safeway
in Washington, DC. He paid for his food and
was walking towards the exit when security
people pointed at him.
Everyone was looking at the deaf person.
Did he steal food? No, because he paid for it.
The clerk was screaming at him to pick up
the Monopoly Sweepstakes ticket at the counter!
Very embarrassing.

crazy-deaf-fan

crazy deaf fan

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A CRAZY DEAF FAN
A deaf man learned at the last minute about a
basketball tournament. He quickly got airfare
tickets and then flew to the tournament site,
without his suitcase, just wearing his own
clothes.
He had no hotel reservations and did not
have too much money in his wallet. After
3 days with deaf fans, everyone stayed away
from him.
He did not take a shower and he smelled
terribly!
A crazy fan? Yes!

2016/02/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 19, 2016

— a different kind of deaf invention

We have seen many different sign to text and/or
text to sign inventions. The new one is a bit
different. It converts gestures to text. See
the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/armband-invention-for-deaf/

 

— accused of faking deafness

There is ADA discrimination lawsuit going on in
Newark, NJ. Chinedu Ibrahim Ali says he is deaf
and said he was denied interpreters to challenge
parking tickets. As a result, he has filed
ADA discrimination lawsuit. At the first hearing,
a municipal judge said he was not deaf and therefore
not entilted to an interpreter. At the second
hearing, the court officer said the same thing!
To fake deafness and to request an interpreter?
Something strange is going on.

 
— a Deaf Valentine Day disaster

A deaf man at a Massachusetts hotel with
his wife, went for a Valentine Day Celebration
walk. They walked through the woods, looking at
the night sky. A tree twig, that he didn’t see,
knocked his hearing aid to the ground, buried
under the snow. He couldn’t find it. He alerted
the hotel staff; several staffers went out and
looked for the hearing aid and couldn’t find it.
When the snow melted several days later, one
of the hotel staffers found it!

 

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2016/02/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 18, 2016

— many signs and posters near Deaf Service Agency

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Corpus
Christi, TX was the scene of many signs and many
posters. What was this all about? Take a look at:

http://deafdigest.com/posters-and-signs-near-deaf-service-agency/

 

— a hot thing in a small deaf community

If a deaf community is small, then things should also be
small. Well, at University of Minnesota-Duluth, the hot
thing is Deaf Studies as a minor among these students.
The university is not exactly small, as it has nearly
11,000 students – and Deaf Studies is the second most
popular minor on the campus! Great to see a small
deaf community having a huge impact on a big
university.

 
– one of the world’s biggest corporations is a cheapskate

The Walt Disney Company is cheap, hating to spend
pennies! This company removed interpreters at
Disney on Ice shows in Australia. The Australian
Deaf Community is very upset about it. What did
the Disney people say? They said:

no one watched the interpreters last year!

Can’t happen in USA. We have ADA, you know.

 

 

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