DeafDigest Gold – July 31, 2016

DeafDigest Gold – July 31, 2016

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2016

— display of sign language on TV

Retired Iowa senator Tom Harkin, the father
of the ADA, which incidentally just celebrated
its 28th birthday, gave a speech at the
Democrat National Convention. Harkin’s deceased
brother is deaf, hence the senator’s lifelong
interest in helping the deaf. Take a look
at the audience sign language at:


— national fast food chain, good or bad

DeafDigest has mentioned that Taco Bell in
New Jersey invited a lawsuit by a deaf
woman for refusing to serve her at the
drive in window. Taco Bell bad? Well,
there was another story of a Taco Bell
hearing employee, knowing ASL, helping
a deaf customer place order. The deaf
patron needed an explanation on the food
he wanted to order, and the hearing
employee used his sign language to help out.
So, Taco Bell, good?


— deaf winner, Samuel Adams Brewing competition

The Samuel Adams Brewing American Dream Pitch
Competition in Mission Beach, CA, took place
this week. There were two winners; one of them
is deaf – Rasool Raheem, Deaf Man’s BBQ. His
reward is a chance to compete for $10,000 in
the national championship in Boston. Along
with the cash, he would get one year free
mentorship from business experts. He had
to sign ASL in two minutes to impress the
judges that his Deaf BBQ is the best.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— unusual job to perform for a deaf King

07/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2016

— greedy nurse and her three deaf children

Cheryl Henwood is a British hearing nurse, and
a mother of three deaf children. She cheated
the British government of nearly $135,000
by claiming disability benefits for her deaf
children. The money she got illegally was
spent on holiday trips, a jet-ski and a pet
horse. She, and her husband were both earning
comfortable incomes from their jobs! She is
now facing court charges with possible
forfeiture of her bank account, dismissal
from her job as nurse and possible
prison time. A picture is at:


— movies on international air flights

DeafDigest editor vacationed in Portugal
and flew by United Airlines. Technically
airlines are not subject to ADA regulations
(captioned movies) if flown over foreign
land. It was a pleasant surprise to
be able to watch a few subtitled movies
that United carried! Deaf passengers
need to click on “international films”
and look for films that are subtitled,
and not dubbed in voice.


— deaf in political party conventions

There is a story of a group of deaf people
attending the Democratic National Convention,
with interpreters and with captions. What
about the Republicans? There were no
newspaper stories about the deaf at the
Republican National Convention, only of
the Democratic National Convention?
Why? DeafDigest editor will not draw up


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf superintendent of country club golf course

07/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 27, 2016

— big chain changes its ways for the deaf

A typical Starbucks outlet is chaotic. Customers
shout out their orders; baristas write down order
and customer name on the cup; baristas also shout
out the customers’ names for them to pick up
their orders. Can get quite confusing, noisy
and chaotic. In Malaysia, this chaotic system
has been stopped – for the sake of ten deaf
baristas that want to take orders. For that
reason, digital screens have been posted on
the wall. See the picture at:


— most unusual deaf traveler

Deaf people love to travel and Isaac Liang, a
deaf man from Singapore, is probably the
most unusual traveler. He will travel to
China and Taiwan despite not knowing
Chinese language and traveling alone.
He depends on gestures to get directions
since written notes are useless. He does
not want to travel with a group. His
goal is to travel everywhere. Will he
beat the late Irwin Bosch, who has
traveled to 106 nations before
passing away.

— ASL-like hearing people at airport

DeafDigest editor, waiting for his airplane
trip to Portugal, saw a large group of
hearing passengers, seemingly communicating
with each other in ASL. These people
were going back home to Madrid. He
remembered visiting Madrid few years
ago and just about everyone in the city
would gesture out every word, which
looked like ASL! It was an interesting
cultural shock.



Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a big irony in development of ASL

07/24/16 Blue and Gold editions at: