2016/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 31, 2016

— conditions not too good for deaf patients

Medical facilities in a city were surveyed on services
to deaf patients. Results – long wait times for
interpreters; deaf patients not advised of these
long wait times; doctors do not know how to
deal with deaf patients; medical staff not given
deaf awareness training workshops; this survey
took place in Worcestershire (Great Britain)
but bad medical conditions have been happening
in USA despite our “powerful” ADA! A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/doctor-with-deaf-patient/

 

— judges trained on how to deal with the deaf

In USA, almost all judges do not know how to
deal with the deaf. Yes, there are interpreters,
but still – the judges are rather clueless. Does
it hurt the deaf in the courtroom? In Jamaica,
deaf service agency conducted a workshop for
all judges in a government district – on how
to deal with the deaf! It was understood that
the judges were favorable about this training
arrangements. Why isn’t it happening in USA?

 

— split between former movie house partners

In Eugene, OR, partners that owned two different
movie houses, had a business dispute, and as a
result, agreed to split up their holdings. This
split may have made the Deaf Community happy!
Former partner Julie Blonshteyn supports open
captions – and when she was given charge of
one movie house, she has promised to offer
captions one day a week. In the past open
captions were not offered at all in both
movie houses!

 

 
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2016/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 29, 2016

— another Nyle surprise

Every day there are always different stories about
Nyle, the deaf model turned dancer. The most
recent story is a surprise – it is not just that
he is a twin, but his twin brother looks so
different from him. And this twin, a redhead,
is by far the much better dancer than Nyle!
Nyle also has an older brother – Neal, a
past Gallaudet football player who broke
the college record for the longest
interception return for touchdown
(95 yards against Catholic University).
Anyway, for a picture of the DiMarco twins,

http://deafdigest.com/surprising-deaf-twins/

 

— impatient federal judges

Normally when there are ADA violations about
web sites not being deaf friendly, the
Department of Justice would deal with it
first, taking a long time to reach settlement.
Well, there are more federal judges that
are impatient; they no longer wait for
Department of Justice to do something;
instead these judges take action themselves.
So, the impatience of these judges is
helping the deaf!

 

— confession of a financial writer

Paul Scott, not deaf, is a financial writer
for a financial web site. He also conducts
audio interviews with people in the financial
industry. Aware that his interviews are
not accessible to the deaf, he did something
about it. He hired a captioner to caption
the interview. Who paid for the captioning
expenses? Of course, not Paul Scott! He
collected donations from his fans for
that purpose! One-time captions? Hope not.
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2016/03/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 29, 2016

— selfies important to deaf

many people take selfies (self-pictures) with their
own cell phones. Important? Yes and this issue is
being discussed at a conference at NTID/RIT.
Why important for the deaf? It helps the deaf
feel good about themselves, especially when the
world discriminates against them! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-selfie/

 
— a Deaf Bill fear among state legislators

What is the biggest fear among legislators
when a Deaf Bill is being introduced in state
legislative body? That it will lead to
lawsuits by angry hearing people! One state
legislator has proposed a bill on closed
captions and it was tabled – for one reason –
figuring how to block these lawsuits!

 

— politician in Malaysia hates an insult

Two politicians were arguing with each other
in Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, a past prime
minister and Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, a party
leader. The former prime minister, very
angry, called the party leader – deaf-mute!
This party leader scolded the past prime
minister, saying the word “deaf-mute” is
an insult and not appropriate!

 
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2016/03/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 28, 2016

— a famous person’s hypocrisy

A famous woman helped a deaf school raise money by
sponsoring a special event. She was criticized by many
people for being a hypocrite – no real interest in
deaf but wanting attention by TV and newspapers.
Who was that famous person? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hypocrisy-by-famous-person/

 

— DiMarco’s perfect dance has two mistakes

No one is perfect. Nyle admitted he made a mistake
during his dance but was “lucky” that the judges
overlooked it. This leads to a second mistake!
By admitting publicly that he made an overlooked
mistake, the judges will be watching Nyle even
much closely to make sure he will be penalized on
his future mistakes! If he kept quiet, the judges
would not watch him that closely!

 

— lazy bus driver drops off deaf student at wrong stop

A 10-year old deaf girl in a mainstreamed program in
Ohio was dropped off at her old bus stop after
school. She had to wait 45 minutes before her
distraught mother realized she was missing at
her new bus stop. The mother gave the school
system information on change of bus stops. The
information was acknowledged but the bus driver
never noticed it even if it was on his list of
students with their bus stops. The school system
is not too happy about it and said the bus
driver was disciplined.

 

 

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2016/03/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 25, 2016

— impossible, says a judge

Carrie Ann Inaba is one of the judges with the
Dancing with the Stars TV program. Impossible is what
she thought when she realized that Nyle is deaf, saying
music is required to dance perfectly. Nyle admitted that
his biggest fear was making a fool out of himself!
Nyle’s partner, Petra said she was scared to dance with
a deaf person! It must be remembered that Marlee Matlin
once competed on that program, finishing 7th, higher
than most of the contestants. A picture of the judge
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/judge-ready-to-give-a-ten/

 

— deaf computer security specialists

The world of computers can be scary – hacking, fraud,
spoofing, malware, spying, etc. Do we have any deaf
computer professionals that fight against these
computer crimes? Good question – but there is a special
class in computer security for deaf professionals that
are interested in joining the international fight. This
special class is taking place in Rochester, NY.
— a machine that lipreads

Is there such a thing as a lipreading machine?
This is not a joke. A group of researchers at
University of East Anglia (Norwich, Great
Britain) is working on a lipreading machine.
Without knowing too much about it, DeafDigest
waits and see how this idea develops.

 

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2016/03/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 24, 2016

 

— a TV executive said a bad word about the deaf
(picture)

Japan Broadcasting Company Chairperson Momii Katsuto,
during a meeting of board of directors, said a
bad word when someone brought up a matter about
the deaf. His comments leaked out, forcing him
to apologize. Yet, it is not the first time he
said the same thing about the deaf! Exactly
what word did he use? The newspapers just said
– derogatory. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/japanese-tv-executive-again-says-bad-things-about-deaf/

 

 

 

— Lloyds not knowing difference between deaf and hearing

Lloyds, based in Great Britain, is one of the world’s
biggest and most famous financial and insurance services
company in the world. A deaf client contacted Lloyds,
informing them of his deafness and requested assistance
on a financial matter. What did Lloyd tell him? To just
call them instead of writing a letter. Lloyds, in fact,
said the same thing several times. It had to take an
inpendent ombudsman to straighten it all out!
— CI described as a simple operation

A newspaper story described a CI operation as a simple
procedure. Go in deaf and go out hearing. That so easy?
Operations of any kind is never a simple procedure.
What if the CI surgeon operated on the wrong ear!
Not funny!

 

 

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2016/03/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 23, 2016

— interpreters that quit

About 25 percent of interpreters plan to quit
their jobs and seek different careers. Reason
given were – expensive training fees, no
encouragement from peers and mentors, lack of
appreciation from their clients, etc. It is
happening, not in USA, but in Great Britain!
Just be grateful that for all of the
interpreting problems in USA, we still have
interpreters! A picture of a signing British
interpreter at:

http://deafdigest.com/hands-of-british-interpreter/

 

— a letter of apology

A letter of apology was sent to the family of Nyle
DiMarco. Why wasn’t the letter sent directly to
him, DeafDigest does not know. Anyway it was from
a speech teacher at one of the deaf schools he
attended in the past, apologizing for “forcing”
him to wear a hearing aid! DeafDigest does not know
who the teacher was or the school the teacher
taught speech.
— struggle between FCC and TV stations on captions

The FCC has a rule that captions be placed in the
right position on the screen. The captioners can
move the captions to the right position. But why
do captions go to wrong positions, after being
positioned correctly by the captioner? TV
stations often move the captions, without the
knowledge of FCC and of the captioner! A war
we do not know about.

 

 

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