2016/04/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 29, 2016

— union interested in deaf drivers

Uber is pushing for more deaf drivers – and
it may lead to an interesting development.
Teamsters is planning to organize Uber
Drivers Association, including these current
deaf drivers. Good or bad? Normally when
employees are unhappy with working conditions,
their first thoughts is to get support of the
unions. We shall see what will happen. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/union-for-deaf-uber-drivers/

 

— medical offices rude to the deaf

Are medical offices rude to deaf patients?
Medical staff show impatience when dealing
with the deaf; would not slow down their
communications; would not hire interpreters;
and slamming pen and pad on the table when
a deaf person asked to write notes. And
in one case, a nurse asked a deaf person if
she was an idiot. ADA? No, it is happening
in France – where culture of rudeness towards
the deaf is commonplace. We are so lucky
we are in USA.

 

— bringing up these Super Bowl complaints

When people are unhappy with what they are
seeing on TV, they turn to FCC, hoping this
federal agency would help improve things.
But FCC does not pay attention when a deaf
person sings the national anthem in ASL and
is cut off on the TV screen. This was the
issue raised in a recent web posting.
While not posted, there is another big
issue – some commercials are not captioned.

 

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2016/04/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 28, 2016

— deaf chef that kitchen people love

Kristofer Jonsson is a deaf chef with the
restaurant at the Christchurch Casino
in New Zealand. The kitchen staff loves
him because he never screams at them
even when things go wrong with anything.
He said, in a TV interview, that because
of his deafness, he sees no point in
screaming at his staff! He is fluent
with New Zealand sign language and
the TV interview was interpreted for
him. See his picture, with an irony,
at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-chef-loved-by-kitchen-staff/

 

— a highway we may love or hate

If you are driving through Brantford, Ontario
you may be surprised to see part of Highway 403
as the Alexander Graham Bell Parkway. This
is not a joke. This was an act enacted by
the Ontario Transportation Department.
Reason – honoring the invention of the
telephone.

 

— fate of a deaf restaurant

With much hoopla, Deafined, a deaf restaurant
in Vancouver, BC opened in May 2015. The
waiter staff was all-deaf and they taught
diners how to communicate in ASL. Few
months later it closed up for good. Why?
Lousy food or discomfort with all-deaf staff
or too much competition with these Vancouver
restaurants?

 

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2016/04/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 27, 2016
— deaf emergency kit vs interpreter’s emergency kit

Deaf people joke that their emergency kit is pen and
small notepad. Interpreters are supposed to have their
own emergency kit, and it is not a joke with them.
To take a look at the emergency kit, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/interpreter-emergency-kit/

Do every interpreter carry their own emergency kits?
Do not know!

 

— unusual deaf film

Film director Andrew Keenan-Bolger, not deaf, is coming
up with an unusual deaf film, titled – Sign. Two actors
play their roles in that film; it is 100 percent silent,
no voices at all, except for music. The deaf actor
and the hearing actor communicate with each other in
ASL. This film will be shown at short film festivals
across the nation this summer.

 

— comment from a real-time captioner
A realtime captioner told DeafDigest editor:

I’m not sure exactly how open captions can be
corrected. Live captioning in realtime requires very
quick reactions. Even if a captioner made corrections
five seconds after something wrong appeared on the
screen, it would be difficult for a deaf person to
follow what is being said. If the speaker is speaking
quickly, then a lot of the context might be lost

My feeling is if they just took that $500,000 and
applied it to the cost of captioning live events
they could have many, many live events captioned
with high quality captions!

 

 

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2016/04/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 26, 2016

— Charlie Chaplin hearing aid mystery

During the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s movie –
The Circus, someone was caught on camera talking
on something that looked like a cell phone.
It was not invented until 1973. Many people
think it actually was some kind of an
amplifier so that the deaf person could
speak to someone. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hearing-aid-mystery/

 

— deaf given once-in-lifetime permission

The Supreme Court never allows cameras
and cellphones in the building. But
when 12 deaf attorneys were sworn in
during a very special ceremony, the
Court allowed cellphones. The next
day, it was back to normal – no cameras
and no cellphones!

 

— earthquake app

The southernmost part of Japan is prone
to earthquakes and other weather disasters.
There are deaf people living in these parts
of Japan. To accommodate them with information
updates, a new app – Koetora – has been
developed at no cost. That app converts
voice to text (in Japanese language).

 

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04/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/04/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 25, 2016

— crook says money hidden in deaf agency

Roger Munro, not deaf, is a crooked Australian
investment manager. He is accused of stealing 65
million dollars from investors that expected high
returns. The Australian Securities and Investments
Commission has been questioning him, and he told
them money is in the banking account of an
American deaf social services agency! The
Australian agency looked everywhere for the
money and cannot find it! Is he telling a lie?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/he-said-he-hid-money-in-deaf-agency-bank/

 

— five more to go

How big is the planned Deaf Grassroots Movement? Rallies
will be taking place at 45 different state capitals. This
means five more state capitals to go to make it 100
percent. Rallies? To make legislators aware of rights
and needs of the deaf.

 

— a donation to a deaf person

The Australian movie – “We Can Be Heroes” has a scene
where a donation to a deaf person is rather unusual.
In the plot, are twins, one deaf, one hearing. The
hearing twin wanted the deaf twin to become
hearing. Did he donate a hearing aid? No. Did
he donate money for a CI? No. He donated his
ear drum, hoping the deaf twin will become hearing!

 

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2016/04/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 22, 2016

— Uber settles on lawsuits

What is worrisome for our deaf Uber drivers was
that Uber reached settlement on lawsuits in California
and Massachusetts. The issue was – are drivers
considered employees or contractors? The agreement
is that all Uber drivers are contractors – meaning
no employee benefits (health insurance, annual
leave, annual raises, etc). This is the same as
deaf drivers delivering pizzas for big pizza chains.
It is never good news when deaf people work for no
benefits. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/this-is-how-uber-operates-with-deaf-drivers/

 

— our deaf attorneys

How many deaf attorneys do we have. It was always thought
we had approximately 150-175, but latest count showed
it to be approximately 250. Do keep in mind very few,
if any of them, maintain their own private practices.
And many of them do not use ASL. What this means is
that ASL deaf, needing legal assistance, may be
stuck with hearing attorneys, of course, with
interpreters! There are few hearing attorneys,
though, fluent in ASL.

 

— must avoid certain deaf people

There is a group of deaf people that must be
avoided at all times. They are scammers,
promising great financial rewards if you
invest your money with them. It has happened
too many times in the past – and it is
still continuing – as a story came up in
today’s newspapers about a deaf man
cheating deaf people of about $500,000.
Police in Los Angeles are still working
on this case. This is so sad.

 

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