2016/06/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 30, 2016

— new deaf superintendent of a hearing school district

Sharon Contreras, who is deaf, has been appointed as the
new superintendent of Guilford County (NC) School
District. She is an experienced educator, having
served in high administrative capacities with other
school districts across USA. Her deafness? Yes, but
she functions as a hearing person and knows no ASL.
Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-superintendent-of-hearing-school-district/

 

— job security not always 100 percent for interpreters

People say that interpreters have safe, lifetime jobs because
of high demand by the Deaf Community. Not always true!
The state of Connecticut has laid off all 35 of its
interpreters that worked for The Department of
Rehabilitation Services. Why? Connecticut is broke.
Instead, the state will use a private interpreting
service which charges at lower rates. DeafDigest
hopes all of these laid off interpreters will find
high paying interpreting jobs, with benefits,
elsewhere. The state must realize cheap interpreters
do not always mean best interpreters. Anyway,
the Deaf Community is very upset.

 

— arrested without knowing why

Daniel Downes, a deaf resident of Fairfax, New Zealand,
was arrested by the police without knowing what was
he doing wrong. Even worse, the police roughed him
up and knocked him down to the sidewalk, breaking
his hearing aid. What was his crime? He was drinking
beer in public in the early hours of the morning.
Deaf Community leaders are upset and the police said
they are investigating the incident – wanting to
know why a peaceful deaf man was roughed up over
a minor offense.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Oral school, comparing past histories
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/06/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 29, 2016

— a Deaf Elevator

What is a Deaf Elevator? Just look at the picture at:

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

 

— another Deaf Case in Supreme Court

We have another Deaf Case in Supreme Court –
the deaf of Texas have accused state driving
schools of discrminating against them. The
the federal appeals court ruled against
the deaf, saying it was a matter of state
overseeing the private schools licensing
matters and nothing to do with driving
instructions (of the deaf). Looking back,
we have won some cases and lost some cases.

 

— deaf in life-threatening jobs

Could the deaf work in life-threatening jobs?
Fighting in battle zones in the military;
fighting huge fires; serving as police
officers, etc. Advocates say yes – the deaf
can do it. There is a push to have the deaf
serve in the military. A deaf police officer
in Alaska was shot to death. A military
veteran wrote in a Frederick, MD
newspaper, worried that the deaf cannot
respond quickly to commands without
delay in battle zones! This is not to
say that the deaf can’t, because hearing
do get hurt and even get killed.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Chef, deaf, government palace for First Family
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/06/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 28, 2016

— cop suspended for mocking the deaf

There was an incident involving a deaf passenger
on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
train platform. The cop, who confronted the
deaf passenger, was so angry about it that she
posted on her Facebook page, mocking his
deafness. The angry officials immediately
placed her on paid annual leave. See the
picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/angry-police-officer/

 

— oral deaf person pleads guilty in court case

This is a true story. An oral deaf person
that knows no ASL and depends on lipreading,
was in a traffic court, fighting a speeding
ticket. The judge knew that the person was
deaf and offered him an interpreter. He
refused. Offered him CART, and he refused,
and told the judge he can lipread. The
judge gave up and asked him a question.
Not understanding the question, the
oral person said yes. The question
judge asked was:

Are you pleading guilty?

Everyone in the court room laughed,
even the judge. Fortunately for
the deaf person, the judge, knowing
he didn’t understand the question,
changed it from guilty to not guilty!

 

— hearing person has reason to love captions

A hearing person has a big reason for
captions. He loves to watch iPad
shows while in bed with his wife.
He turns on captions because he did
not want to wake up his wife who
is sleeping! This is another example
of a Deaf Device that helps the
hearing.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Edison’s 400 lightbulbs
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2016/06/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, June 27, 2016

— deaf has a best way to show cops

In Michigan, there is a new communications card that tells the cops
how to communicate with the deaf. The card has two sides –
one side tells the cops the person is deaf and has icons
(Interpreter, Texting, No lip-read, etc) that the deaf
person can point to. The other side has icons for the
cops to point to (license, insurance card, registration
card, etc). Is it perfect? Hope so because different
agencies agreed with the design. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/two-sided-cop-communications-card/

 

— Hot Sauce competitor

The 2nd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo 2016 ended last
week. One of the competing hot sauce makers is Rasool,
who is deaf. High River Sauces, the host of this expo,
received over 100 entries, some from Panama, Australia,
New Zealand and Mexico. Not every one can enter the
competition, as the cut-off number of entries is 36.
It shows how serious the hot sauce competition is,
hence a great honor for a deaf competitor to be entered.

 

— not enough

A deaf person was arrested in Minnesota. He asked for
an interpreter; the cops refused to get him an
interpreter, but communicated with him through
notepad and pen. The judge said notepad and pen
is not enough, and that he must be given an
interpreter, and awarded him $30,000. This
$30,000 is really a joke because half of it
goes to his attorney!

 

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

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

06/26/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

behind-deaf-back

WE HATE WHEN IT HAPPENS
Often teachers and interpreters talk about the deaf
student – behind the deaf student’s back.
Deaf students see it happen all the time and they
hate it.
If the teacher and the interpreter has to talk
about the deaf student, they should talk in private
not behind the student’s back.
This is bad manners that teachers and interpreters
not aware of!

attacking-asl-deaf

EVERYTHING AGAINST THE ASL DEAF?
Is everything against the ASL deaf? We
are talking about CI people, oral people,
Cued Speech people, Signing Essential
English people, lip-reading people, etc?
What does this say? That non-ASL
deaf people have their own serious problems
and try to attack the ASL deaf!

important-deaf-house

DEAF HOUSE IS IMPORTANT
For the deaf parents, a Deaf House is very
important.
They can see what their children are doing
(jumping, running around, banging on tables,
fighting with each other, etc).
Hearing parents can hear. Deaf parents
can’t hear. This is the reason for the
Deaf House!

comparing-asl

ASL IN DEAF SCHOOL AND ASL IN MAINSTREAMED SCHOOLS
Is ASL used by the deaf at deaf schools better
than ASL used by the deaf at mainstreamed programs?
Many deaf people would say yes, deaf school ASL
is better.
Not always true. There are many deaf school
students that don’t sign well and there are also
mainstreamed students that sign ASL beautifully!
Do not always assume one ASL is better than other.