2016/04/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2016

— The King uses ASL

People that love hamburgers at Burger King, know who
The King is. He never talks until just recently –
when he used ASL to communicate with the
deaf. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-king-in-asl/

 

— a confusing $60.00 hearing device

There was a story that ran in many newspapers about a
16-year old high school student “inventing” a $60.00
hearing aid, using parts from an electronic shop.
It is confusing because many people confuse hearing
aid with an amplifier! This $60.00 device is actually
an amplifier that the newspapers described as a
hearing aid. A hearing aid and an amplifier are
two completely different things!

 

— ASL deaf communicating smoothly with oral deaf

Could ASL deaf person communicate smoothly with
oral deaf? Two University of Washington students have
come up with “communication gloves” that would
help ASL deaf communicate with oral deaf. These
gloves, with sensors, are plugged into a computer,
which translates what each other is saying. Will
it work? There are as many as half dozen signs
for the word “football” or even of the word
“computer”! Can these gloves catch all of these
different sign language dialects?

 

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

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

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/04/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 13, 2016

— trying to fix bad captions

Can bad captions be fixed at a very low cost?
A captioning company in Ohio thinks so. It is
working on a special two-year project to
give us accurate captions. DeafDigest is
wondering. Different accents, different
dialects, background noise, similiar
words may cause captions to go bad.
Example – last name Zimmerman and
Zimmermann cannot be perfectly
spelled out in captions. We will
wait and see if we will have perfect
captions two years from now. A
picture of a bad captioning you may
want to laugh (or to cry):

http://deafdigest.com/captions-to-laugh-or-to-cry/

 

— a disappointing deaf video

A freshman girl at Folsom HS in California produced a
short video – called “Silent” and it generated many hits,
views and shares. It is about anti-bullying, and the
deaf character in the video was bullied. One TV person
watched the video and cried when the story ended. It was
very disappointing! Why? It was a 100 percent hearing.
The “deaf” girl being bullied was fake-deaf.

 

— a required sign language course

For ten minutes a month, the top officials with the
Nagano Prefecture municipal government in Japan,
are required to learn simple signs – such as
hello, thank you very much, etc. This is great
– except – would these county people remember
the signs they learned last month if they do not
practice it every day with each other!

 

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

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

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/04/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 12, 2016

— 13 not a bad luck number for a deaf group

13 may be a bad luck number that many people
avoid. But for 13 deaf attorneys, it is a
great number! The US Supreme Court has allowed
thirteen deaf attorneys to argue in front of
Justices. Will they eventually argue? Odds
are against it because the court only listens
to 80 cases per year, out of thousands of
cases brought up in front of them. But to
have right to argue, just in case at any
time in the future is a big honor. The
picture of a deaf attorney group spokesperson
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-attorney-allowed-to-argue-at-supreme-court/

 

— problem at a deaf school in Sweden

Things are not happy with a deaf school in
Sweden. A deaf person applied for the
assistant principal position, but the
screening board rejected him. As a result
four angry deaf activists chained themselves
to a school building! Police was called in
and arrested these four activists.

 

— giving back to the community

Ultratec, which places weekly Captel ads
in DeafDigest, has won the Wisconsin Job
Honor Award. It awards state-based companies
that give employees opportunities to move upwards
instead of being trapped into dead-end jobs!
Ultratec has promoted their disabled employees
into better positions with more responsbilities.
Most companies don’t, but Ultratec did.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf president of state dental association
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/04/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 11, 2016

— police & paramedics volunteer is deaf

In USA, many volunteer emergency services do not
want deaf volunteers – because of fear of communication
barriers. But with Sharlene Alice Payn, a deaf
Canberra, Australian woman, the Canberra State
Emergency Service asked her to become a volunteer!
She quickly accepted and has passed all these
volunteer training courses. Her real job is
with Civil Service – but of her volunteer work,
she said “Lots of people assume that I work in
the office doing the typing, but I do everything
just exactly the same as the other team members
except to use the radio.” Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-emergency-services-volunteer/

 

— big deaf heroes in independent movies

For years, deaf (and disabled) people were shown as
“evil” people in independent movies. To be deaf is
the same as to be evil, whether we hate it or not.
This is slowly changing – more independent movies
are showing the deaf as heroes! An example is the
new movie – Hush, where a deaf woman is shown
as a big hero.

 

— a big fear of deaf Uber drivers

What is the biggest fear of deaf Uber drivers?
That despite with computers, notepads and other
electronic devices, the hearing customers would
reject the deaf and walk away from these Uber
pick-up appointments! Has it happened? According
to one deaf driver – never, but the fear is
still there!

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— first newspaper classified ads
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/10/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

2016/04/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 8, 2016

— deaf man with 2015 World Series ring

Tod Tillotson, a deaf man, is a career employee with the
New York Mets, in charge of Auxillary Services. He was
a summer employee with the Mets in the early sixties
while attending New York School for the Deaf. After
graduation, the Mets becamse his full time career
job. When he takes a vacation, the Mets have to find
three different people do his work! Tod, who is
loyal to the Mets, was not a Mets fan as a kid.
He was a New York Yankees fan! A job is a job!

To see the ring with his name on it, go to:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-man-with-world-series-ring/

 

— a very different deaf job fair

Could a deaf agency in one nation host a job fair
in another nation? It is happening at Gallaudet
University! The Canadian Hearing Society is
hosting own job fair on the Gallaudet campus
for the benefit of Canadian students that seek
employment after graduation. Gallaudet has always
had students from Canada – and they have
contributed much to the Gallaudet culture –
sports, politics, drama, leadership skills, etc.

 

— an update on Deaf Drone company

DeafDigest mentioned a couple of months ago
about Aerial Productions, a deaf-owned drone
company in Austin, TX. What is the update?
This company, so far has 11 deaf employees.
The FAA has allowed the company to perform
commercial drone operations. This company
does photography from the air, educating
the public on what drones could do, as
well as with other drone activities.

 

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

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf crook almost became rich
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/04/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 7, 2016

— deaf model with a luxury clothing line

Offers never stop coming for Nyle DiMarco, whose original
goal in life was to become a math teacher at a school
for the deaf. He has become a model with the 2(X)IST,
which is a luxury clothing line – swimwear, socks,
underclothing, watches, etc. See his latest modeling
pose at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-model-with-luxury-line/

 

— a proposed new ten dollar bill

the US Treasury is looking for a woman to be the
face of a new ten dollar bill. The state of
Alabama is pushing for – Helen Keller to be
the face of that new bill. Will US treasury
listen? Hope so!

 

— Washington Metro “thanks” Gallaudet

The stats compiled by the Washington Metropolitan
Area Transit Authority (subways), showed a big jump
in ridership at the NoMa-Gallaudet station, the
highest such increase in the metro area. Possibly
because of Gallaudet in the area and because of
high number of deaf residents living in the area.
There are also new buildings, and very possibly
a good number of deaf people are employed.

 

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

 

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— another deaf teacher of future doctors
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
04/03/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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