DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 30, 2016

— a choice for deaf prisoners

Should deaf prisoners wear armbands, saying that they
are deaf, so that prison guards would know who they are?
This possibility has become an option for deaf prisoners
in Arlington, Virginia. Probably the deaf prisoners
would reject this option because it is a stigma.
A picture is at:



— painful use of sign language

Could a deaf person suffer pain in hands because
of signing a lot in one day? This is what a
deaf person, a new sign language user, said in an
interview with a newspaper reporter. This is
interesting. It is separate and apart from
interpreters suffering from Carpal Tunnel syndrome.


— a Coda helping new police officers

there was a newspaper story of Ted Baran, a Coda
who is the chief of Gallaudet police department,
teaching police recruits in Fairfax County,
Virginia on how to communicate with the deaf.
Baran told the recruits:

When they come across a police officer, their first
thing is fear because they can’t communicate with you



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 29, 2016

— high percentage of deaf in a supermarket chain

In Ukraine, people shop for food and goods at
Auchan, an European supermarket chain, which
serves 15 European nations. In Ukraine only,
the Auchan chain employs 3,800 people. 200
of these employees are deaf – in other words
five percent of Auchan Ukraine employees are
deaf. Could we go into Safeway, just an example,
and find that many deaf employees in one location?
No, but in Ukraine, yes! They do everything
that hearing employees do – cashiers, auditors,
inspectors, stockers, etc. A picture is at:



— ideal job for the deaf

Sai Prasad, not deaf, is employed by Deloitte,
which is the world’s leading management
consulting firm. Fortune 500 companies
listen to advice from Deloitte consultants.
Anyway, Sai worked on a special project
on ways the deaf and the disabled can be
employed. He said that traffic officer
is an ideal job for the deaf. They are
not bothered by noise by street traffic!
Deaf traffic officers in New York, London,
Tokyo, Seoul and other crowded cities?
Why not!


— a surprise with a Gallaudet graduate

Howard Watson, who passed away and was given
a Dedication honor in DeafDigest was
revealed as a Gallaudet surprise. An oralist
he quickly picked up ASL at Gallaudet and
became quite fluent with it for the rest
of his life. Today’s story in a newspaper
said he was a skilled lipreader. It said
he was a champion lipreader, given
an assignment by Miami Herald, a newspaper,
to read the lips of President John F. Kennedy
at an Orange Bowl football game. Watson
used binoculars to read Kennedy’s lips.
At Gallaudet, Watson never talked about it,
nor did he brag about his lipreading skills!




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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 28, 2016


— deaf DJ in European nightclubs

John McDevitt, who has been deaf all his life, is
a DJ that has performed at regular nightclubs
in Spain, London, Glasgow, among others. He fell
in love with music as a kid and has learned how
to make use of his hearing aids, vibrations and
computers to make good sounds. He goes
by the name “Def Beatz” and is well known
among followers of music from as far as
California and Argentina. His picture is at:



— ASL not permitted by Dallas Cowboys

this is a facebook posting from few days ago

Last night at a Dallas Cowboys game, my mother, grandmother, and I were
asked to stop using sign language by an usher because a fan found our
language “distracting”. As a hard of hearing person and the daughter and
granddaughter of Deaf people, I am really upset by this. To be clear, this
is an act of discrimination. The language of another culture would never
be deemed “distracting” in any other case, and furthermore, the stadium
should have a better protocol than having an usher ask patrons to stop
using their own language.

The Cowboys have been contacted, but have failed to respond. Please help
us get their attention by sharing. Nobody should ever be silenced because
their language is bothersome to other fans.


— a cop forcibly pulling out a deaf driver

A police officer in Fresno, California, stopped
a deaf driver and forcibly pulled him out of
his pick up truck. Police brutality? No.
Police misbehavior? No. Police misconduct?
No! The pick up truck smelled of fire and the
deaf driver wasn’t aware of it. The police
officer saw it and stopped the truck.
After realizing the driver was deaf, he
opened the door and pulled him out. Moments
later, the pick up truck was in flames!
Thank you, Mr. Fresno Police Officer.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 25, 2016


— a hard-working deaf farmer

Few days ago an obituary was published in a
Saskatechewan newspaper, honoring Willie
Hanelt, a deaf farmer in Benson, a tiny
town of 400 people. He worked on the family
farm and did everything that had to be done –
hauling grain, feeding the cattle, doing the
farm recordkeeping, identifying the better bulls
at auctions, maintaining the garden surrounding
the family home, etc. Whatever had to be done,
he would do it. When he was young, he had a
choice – between attending a school for the
deaf or staying home as a family farmer. He
chose farming, and never regretting it.
He is a Deaf Success story in Canada,
though not too many deaf people outside
of Saskatechewan knew about. A picture
is at:



— deaf woman teaching hearing women to protect themselves

Zaineb Abdulla, who is deaf and a resident of Chicago,
looks weak – just over five feet tall and weighing
just over 100 pounds. Yet she teaches hearing Muslim
women how to protect themselves when they’re out in
the public. She teaches them defensive moves in case
they’re physically threatened. She is an officer
with the Deaf Planet Soul, a social service agency
that empowers the deaf to fight for their rights.
Yet it is hearing women that come to her!


— a cruel Kansas power utility company

Is Kansas City Power and Light Company
cruel? This company turned off power at the
house where a seriously ill deaf child lived.
She depends on electricity to keep her
support systems running. Her condition
was so bad that a local hospital told the
power company not to shut off electricity.
The power company ignored the request
and still shut off the power. It made
the local news. Fortunately for the
deaf child, an anonymous person came
forward and paid the outstanding
electrical bill. The family was too
impoverished to be able to keep up with
the payments.


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