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.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Photographer, many magazine credits
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/04/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 21, 2016

 
— orange poster at Safeway

Kirsten Ward, who is deaf, is a check-out cashier
at two Safeway supermarkets in Vernon, British
Columbia. When she applied for the job, the
Safeway people did not know what to do with her,
and asked her many questions. Eventually she was
hired. Her biggest problem is not dealing with
hearing shoppers; her problem is the same as
with other hearing cashiers – memorizing all these
cash register codes! Orange poster? It is mounted
next to her cash register, telling the shoppers
of her deafness. Do shoppers actually read the
poster? No, she says! A picture of her is at:

http://deafdigest.com/orange-safeway-poster/

 

 

— a 4-word knowledge of sign language

Chief Justice Roberts was written up in the newspapers
saying he used sign language to greet the 12 deaf
attorneys as new members of the Supreme Court bar.
The extent of his sign language knowledge
was just four words –

Your motion is granted

It was not as if Roberts was fluent with sign
language. It is the same as a hearing person
learning to say in French – good morning, good
afternoon, hello, goodbye – and people say he
is “fluent” in French!

 

 

— a famous woman did not make it

There was a drive to have deaf-blind Helen Keller’s
face on a $20.00 bill. The Department of Treasury
did not select her – chose to select Harriet
Tubman’s picture.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— cowboy-type posse member
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/04/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 20, 2016

— a national salon champion

Charlotte Visor, a deaf British woman, defeated
thousands of competitors to win the the Association
of Hairdressers and Therapists nail art national
championship. Fussy and not satisfied with her
original nail design, she changed it the day
before the championships took place – and
won. Hopefully the championship will get
new business from hearing patrons that
need to get their nails done. Her picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/national-champion/

 

— one person dropped out

The newspapers today were full of stories of Chief of
Justice “learning” sign language to deliver oath
to a group of deaf attorneys becoming members of
the Supreme Court bar. Did one deaf attorney
drop out? The original story said a group of
13 would be sworn in, but today’s story said
12. Anyway, over the years the Supreme Court
only heard just a handful of deaf cases. And
almost all members of the Supreme Court bar
spend a lifetime as attorneys without
arguing a case at the court.

 

– Uber works with a deaf agency

Uber is now working with a deaf agency to try
to recruit more deaf drivers. DeafDigest
hopes this all works out – because if more
hearing and more deaf drivers work for Uber,
it only means one thing – less rides for
them, and less income! Something to do
with glut of Uber drivers competing for
a fixed number of daily customers that need
rides.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Captions, big hero
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/04/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 19, 2016

 
— a tale of revenge deafness

Is there such a thing as “revenge” deafness?
People in India love to watch strange plots
on TV and movies. And in the TV program
“Thapki Pyaar Ki” the plot involved Revenge
Deafness! A rival, wearing a hearing aid
suddenly could not hear anything at all.
Shraddha was angry at her rival, getting
her revenge by throwing out his good
batteries and inserting dead batteries!

A picture of very angry Shraddha is at:

http://deafdigest.com/actress-in-revenge-deafness/

 

— a shocking arrest in Jordan

Jordan is not heavily involved with the turmoil with the
Arabian nations. But the Jordanian police arrested
20-year old Rami Al-Sayed for terrorism; he tried to
join a terror group in Syria. Why is it shocking?
Not only because he is deaf, but also deaf-blind!
The Syrian terror group welcomed him, not realizing
his double-disability. They quickly returned him
to Jordan after realizing he was useless to them!

 

— an important rule for deaf during job interviews

A true story took place during the 1970’s. The NAD
was interviewing applicants for a high level job.
One deaf woman brought her mother to the interview.
Not surprisingly, she did not get the job despite
her qualifications. DeafDigest is mentioning this
because there was a job fair interview in
Washington (state). A deaf person showed up at
the job fair interview – with his interpreter
(that is ok) and with his parent (definitely
not ok). DeafDigest hopes this deaf person got
the job despite bringing his parent to the
interview!

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— diplomat, foreign service, deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/04/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2016

— a monster near the swamps

People driving on Route 10, entering Texas, will
see the American Airboats factory, which builds
all types of vehicles that travel across the
swamps. In front of the factory building
is a Swamp Monster vehicle. Many drivers
stop and take pictures of that monster!
The person that builds the Swamp Monster
vehicle and takes care of it every day
is Raoul Garcia. He is deaf and communicates
with his boss through gestures. The monster
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-built-this-monster

 

— a very nervous moment for a deaf celebrity

Even confident people do get nervous at times.
What is Nyle DiMarco’s most nervous moment right
now? That he is dancing with a different partner –
Sharna Burgess because of contest rules that all
competing dancers must switch partners. Look
on the other side – Sharna is possibly more nervous
than Nyle, dancing with a deaf person for the
first time in her life!

 

— Facebook helps in deaf bullying case

A deaf student was bullied at school because of
his deafness. He couldn’t take it any more and
ended his life. It took place in Ireland.
The bullies have been arrested and are awaiting
trial. The prosecutor asked Facebook for help.
Facebook gave the prosecutor 2,500 pages of
printouts that contained these bullying comments.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— an early deaf filmmaker
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/17/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

deaf-no-more-coffee

NO TO MORE COFFEE
At a restaurant, a waiter offered to pour more coffee
for a deaf patron.
The deaf patron had too much coffee and shook his head
“no” but the hearing waitress still poured more coffee.
Does the hearing waitress not understand head shaking
for no?

deaf-congratulations-or-sympathy

CONGRATULATIONS OR SYMPATHY
A deaf person was promoted to a big and important
supervisory position in a big company.
Congratulations or sympathy? Well, in that company
almost all hearing workers were lazy and did not
want to work hard.
Plus there are six different unions that these
hearing employees are members of.
Not an easy supervisory job for anyone!

hotel-lobby-tv-captions

TALE OF TWO BIG HOTEL CHAINS
DeafDigest editor and wife traveled to New York
and Massachusetts and stayed at hotels under a big
national chain.
The hotel in Massachusetts showed no captions on
TV sets in the lobby. The hotel in New York showed
captions on all TV sets in the lobby.
Does Massachusetts hotel general manager have
bad attitude or is lazy to turn on captions?