DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 24, 2016


— many deaf monks

Monks follow a way of life, much different from
everyone else. Many monks take a vow of silence,
never using their voice at all for the rest of
their lives. It is interesting to see a big
story in today’s media that many monks were
deaf – from way back to Year 700! A group
of archaeologists dug up buried skulls,
and learned that many of these monks
were deaf! Years ago deaf people were not
taught how to talk – any connection
with deaf monks never using their voice?

A picture is at:


— interpreter license, important or not important

There was a hot discussion among interpreters, both
deaf and hearing, in a midwestern state, that
interpreting certification is not important,
and that it should not be part of state licensing
laws! What does DeafDigest editor feel about it?
Yes, interpreters must get certificates, but
is concerned that fees needed to get such
certificates are too expensive.


— lipreading war: professional lipreader vs computer

Who will win the lipreading war? The professional
lipreader or the computer? Google owns a company
named DeepMind. This company worked with
engineers from University of Oxford to develop
a lipreading computer. Who won? It was said
that the computer was successful 47 percent of
the time whereas a professional lipreader
was successful 13 percent of the time. Are
we going to always carry our computer everytime
we meet a hearing person who wants to talk to us?


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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— tale of two Booths

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 23, 2016


— finally a real deaf stamp

We have many, many stamps that honor deaf individuals
– but they were honored for helping the hearing, not
helping the deaf. We have deaf individuals, noted for
helping the deaf, that deserve stamps of their own,
but the Postal Service paid it no attention. Finally,
this Postal Service has come up with a new deaf stamp,
honoring Robert Panara, the long time professor at
Gallaudet and at NTID. He is being noted for his
contributions to Deaf Culture. Hopefully it paves the
way for outstanding deaf individuals (Mac Norwood,
who pushed hard for TV and movies captions; Boyce
Williams, who pushed hard for a long list of deaf
social and educational services and Frederick C.
Schreiber, who pushed hard for first class Deaf
Citizenship rights).

A picture of Panara is at:


— deaf landmark for sale

The Volta Place, in Washington, DC, is for sale.
Cost as listed by the realtor is nearly $2.4 million.
It was the home of the Alexander Graham Bell
Association for the Deaf (AgBell). It was
a landmark for people that strongly believed in
Oral Education of the Deaf. DeafDigest editor,
who uses ASL, was invited to attend a social
event at the AgBell building few years ago.
The social event was packed with people that
used either – oral and ASL! Everyone was
welcome regardless of their choice of language.


— perfect person not deaf

India has an interesting attitude. If a deaf person
has no hearing aid, has no CI and speaks perfectly
he is not deaf – in the eyes of many hearing
people of India! This attitude prevents these
deaf people from getting services they need
because of their deafness. The Right with
Disabilities Bill, now in legislative session,
is trying to change it all that.



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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf Culture disagreement

11/20/16 Blue and Gold editions at:




DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 22, 2016

— green logo for the deaf

There is a logo with a green color that is for
the deaf. Take a look at:



— cheering at the 42,000-seat stadium

In Turkey, the most popular pro soccer team is
Besiktas, which plays at the 42,000-seat
stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. This Turkish club
has a big game coming up against a team from
Portugal. To make this big game special for
the fans, the Besiktas club management
has asked their fans to cheer – not in voice,
but with hands! They wanted the deaf to
be respected by hand-cheering, not voice-
cheering! It is impossible to tell Dallas
Cowboys fans to cheer with their hands!
It is different in Turkey.


— one of the world’s most tense operations

There was a newspaper story about an operation
that leaves everyone tense – the parents, the
doctors and the patients. It is the CI
operation. No one knows what will happen
after the operation. Will the patient be
able to hear clearly? Will the patient just
hear only whistles and beeps? Will there be
infections inside the ear? Will the CI
malfunction? Was selecting a CI over a
hearing aid the right choice?



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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— relay operators that switch in middle of conversation

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, November 21, 2016

— world’s most interesting deaf club

Deaf social clubs in USA face challenges. Membership
is dwindling. Attendance is down. Fund raising
gets more creative, and so on. Yet, the deaf
club in St. Paul, MN – the Charles Thompson
Memorial Hall continues to overcome such challenges
and still thrives as one of the world’s oldest
deaf clubs. This club has been mentioned in a
great newspaper write up. This club is interesting
beause funds to set up this such an establishment
was bestowed by a deaf man Charles Thompson
100 years ago. And the club building is listed in
the National Register of Historic Places. A
picture is at:



— Rhodes with a deaf connection

A new list of Rhodes scholars was announced
recently. We have had a past Rhodes scholar
that was deaf, though no deaf scholar
was selected this year. One of the new
Rhodes scholars has a deaf connection.
Joshua Pickar, not deaf, worked to obtain
American citizenship for a deaf man from


— happy or unhappy with a deaf ad

From time to time we see deaf characters in a TV
commercial. Some ads are great. Some are not
so great. The most recent ad from HP
(Hewlett-Packard) was so bad that it got
deaf people angry, saying it is insulting
and sort of looks down on the deaf as a
disabled group to be pitied by the public.
Keep in mind there are many bad hearing ads
that look down on hearing people!



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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— zoo, deaf owners

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For the deaf person that cooks his meals
in his home kitchen, there is a most
embarrassing thing.
It is when there is overheating and
the deaf person did not know that the
fire alarm went off – and the neighbors
come to the door!


A deaf person ordered Chinese dumplings
at a restaurant.
The dumplings were served by the waiter,
who immediately left the table.
A group of hearing people at the next
table ordered the same thing. The
waiter served these dumplings and
pointed his finger to each dumpling,
explaining what it is – pork dumpling,
chicken dumpling, cheese dumpling,
beef dumpling, etc.
The waiter did not want to explain
to the deaf person. Discrimination?


A deaf person went to the Dunkin’ Donut drive in
to order donuts and coffee. The employee refused to
serve her.
The deaf person complained about discrimination.
The hearing employee was fired and Dunkin’ Donuts
apologized to the deaf person.
This should be enough – but this deaf person
continues to complain and complain.
This is not fair to Dunkin’ Donuts.


A deaf man was hired by a big company. He was
supposed to be trained by a hearing employee.
The hearing employee was scared that the
deaf person would learn fast and become a better
employee than him.
As a result the hearing employee refused to
train the deaf employee for six months. The
boss warned the hearing employee many times.
But the hearing employee still refused. The
boss got angry and threatened to fire the
hearing employee.
The hearing employee gave up and finally
trained the deaf employee. It was the reason
why deaf employee did nothing in his office
for six months until hearing employee finally
trained him!