DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 23, 2016

— Deaf Chef in the nation’s restaurant hotbed

According to Andrew Zimmern, the famous food host
with Bizarre Foods, the Twin Cities area is
a hot area to try new and different meals. And
we do have a deaf chef in the Twin Cities area
(Minneapolis/St Paul). It is Kendall Kail
who operates his own Ward 6 retaurant
in St. Paul. He worked as chef at different
restaurants for years until he landed his
job at the Ward 6 restaurant. See the picture at:


— Uber again

Where do the Deaf Community stand with Uber? This
company says they want to hire more deaf drivers.
Yet, it is confusing to follow Uber.

1. Uber encouraging more deaf drivers to sign up
2. Uber pushing for self-driving cars
3. Quebec tells Uber they cannot use deaf drivers

$. And today, Uber has announced a partnership with
Canadian Hearing Society to hire more deaf drivers
across Canada.

What is next with Uber? Good news or bad news?


— Comcast joins a Deaf Club

Comcast joining a Deaf Club? Well, it was just
learned that the Comcast CEO has a deaf daughter.
As a result, the CEO has given $25 million
to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
That hospital works with CI children.

Let us look at past “members” of the Deaf Club:

1. Past CEO of a national restaurant chain.
His son is deaf, and he was supportive of
men’s basketball at Gallaudet, as the son
played this sport. When he graduated,
the CEO no longer supported Gallaudet.

2. Past officer of a big Washington, DC
supermarket chain. He has donated a lot
of money to local deaf clubs and deaf
agencies. Not any more, since the father
retired and the son grew up.

3. Big movie star. His son was deaf. He
had nothing to do with the son, but the
wife helped establish an oral school
for the deaf.

So, everytime we see a CEO or a VIP
with a deaf child, it is always interesting
to see what they would do to help (or not)
the deaf!


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Federal prosecutor that is deaf

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 22, 2016

— Quebec says no to deaf Uber drivers

Right now, Quebec has about 40 deaf Uber drivers.
Uber reached agreement with the province to require
all Uber drivers to get taxi licenses. The province
does not allow the deaf to get these licenses.
Either these deaf Uber drivers will lose their jobs
or there is some kind of compromise that would allow
the deaf to continue driving Uber cars? A picture
is at:



— the deaf and the violence in voting

Deaf voters are worried. They want to vote
but are afraid of possible violence at
polling places! Violence between supporters
of Clinton and supporters of Trump? No!
It is happening in Ghana, where pressure
to vote for favorite candidates may lead
to violence. The Ghana National Association
of the Deaf has made a public appeal to
leave deaf voters alone, and to let them
vote in peace.


— two-year paternity leave

In India, there is a new policy for government
employees, allowing them a paternity leave
for two years. This is for parents of
deaf (and disabled) children that need
extra attention at home. Sorry, ain’t
happening in USA!


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Gestures that some hearing people don’t understand

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 21, 2016


— Hearing developer kicks out a deaf business

Just only few months ago, a Deaf Cafe opened up
for business in Cape Town, South Africa.
Everyone was thrilled about a group of deaf
people operating their own business. The
joy is shortlived. The building where the
Deaf Cafe is located has been sold. And
the new developer plans to demolish the
building at the end of this year. He wants
to replace it with a modern new building.
In the meantime, the deaf group is looking
around for a new site – not that easy. A
picture is at:


— Deaf EMT to the rescue of a deaf accident victim

It was mentioned a short time ago that Nechama Lobel,
who is deaf, has become Israel’s first deaf EMT.
A deaf woman was hurt in a bicycle accident.
The regular EMT crew had a hard time communicating
with her, so asked the deaf EMT to come over
to help. She came over and calmed down the injured
woman, while explaining to the crew parts of
her body that was hurting her.


— the deaf and the VR

Some VR agencies do a great job. But many don’t –
for many reasons – lack of counselors, politics,
high turnover, poor job placement rates, and
poorly spent funds. There are federal laws
that entitle the deaf to VR services, but
these laws are not followed in some states.
Take Maryland as an example; the waiting list
is 18 months! This is the reason why some
deaf students move to states that provide
better VR services. This is a scandal that
not too many people know about.


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— dog, fooling his deaf master

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 20, 2016

— a dumb criminal

There are always jokes about criminals that
are dumb. This criminal is not deaf but
pretended to be deaf. He was in the courtroom
in Zimbabwe on charges of robbery. He pretended
to be deaf, hoping to win the judge’s
sympathy. Instead, the judge asked for an
interpreter for him! When none could be found,
he was told to stay in jail for two days,
to allow the court to find an interpreter.
Stuck, he suddenly said he admitted he faked
deafness. The angry judge gave him more
prison time. A picture is at:


— new slogan by World Federation of the Deaf

The World Federation of the Deaf, affiliated with the
United Nations, has come up with a new slogan.
It is:

With Sign Language, I am Equal


— first deaf person to do a presidential ad

Nyle DiMarco has beoome the first deaf person
to do a televised presidential endorsement
ad. There have been some captioned presidential
endorsements, but not a real live sign language
deaf person. The candidate he has endorsed is
Hillary Clinton. Just don’t be surprised if
Trump comes up with a deaf endorser! Presidential
candidates tend to copycat each other.



Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— swimwear designer, deaf

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 19, 2016

— more than 150 pieces of stuff in DeafHouse

DeafHouse or DeafSpace? What is the difference?
Same thing! Anyway, people that work on
DeafHouse/DeafSpace just said there are more
than 150 different pieces of stuff. Examples
are Deaf Mirrors, Deaf Walls, Deaf Staircases,
Deaf Lights, etc and etc. Amazing and
interesting! A picture is at:


— if deaf can’t, hearing also can’t

University of California has  courses on
web for students that want to take on-line
classes. It is not deaf-friendly. As a
result, Department of Justice told the
university that if the web continues
to be anti-deaf, it must be shut down!
The university is not happy about it.


— Hortons loves deaf

Tim Hortons is a popular coffee/donut chain in
Canada (same as Dunkin Donuts in USA). Many
Canadians grab Hortons coffee and Hortons
donuts on way to work. It is probably the
most deaf-friendly place to work in Canada –
for a big reason. Mark Wafer, who is deaf,
owns seven Tim Hortons outlets in Canada.
Does he hire the deaf? Over 17 percent
of his employees in these 7 chain outlets
are either deaf or disabled. Customers that
require coffee and donuts don’t care if they
are deaf as long as the coffee is good and
donuts are also good!


Latest deaf jobs:

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— hung up six times

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:




Many perfect-speech deaf person prefers
interpreters to speak out for them.
These hearing people can easily understand
the perfect-speech deaf people? Why interpreter?
A perfect-speech deaf person said that
interpreters prevent misunderstandings.
This is a strange explanation.


Why is it so difficult to read the lips
of some deaf pure oralists? These pure
oralists know nothing about gestures
(that hearing people understand).
Oralists that know some ASL are
easier to lipread!