DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 23, 2016

— trying to revive a dead sign language

Deaf historians know about deaf sign
language used for generations by the
deaf and the hearing at Martha’s Vineyard
in Massachusetts. The sign language used
was not ASL, and this language became
extinct when the last person died in 1950.
There is an effort led by two long-time
residents to revive it. Currently there
are weekly sign language classes at
a local library. A picture is at:


— reason an employer didn’t hire a deaf applicant

A deaf software developer said
her employer refused to hire her. She argued
and won, and got hired for her current job.
During the interview she explained that she
has access to a relay service to communicate
with contractors and fellow employees. This
“killed” the interview and the employer
wouldn’t hire her. The employer was afraid
that confidential information discussed during
the relay call would violate the privacy issues.
She did not file ADA lawsuit, instead, not
giving up and gave strong points about the
relay service. The company changed its
mind and hired her!


— Virginia auto dealership cheating the deaf

A deaf man went out and bought a new pickup truck.
The truck cost $45,000. That should be it, but
instead the dealership told him he had to buy a
$6,300 vehicle protection plan and a $3,000
service contract. They told him he had to
sign papers even though he really did
not understand what it was all about.
The family member was upset, feeling he was
cheated. The dealership was confronted,
and rather than to get into a lawsuit,
cancelled the contract and refunded in
full his down payment.


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— paradox with two state bus driving laws

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 22, 2016


— cannot find a job so became an owner

Nguyen Thai Thanh could not find a job as a
hairstylist in Vietnam despite his training.
Hair salon owners thought deaf people cannot
become hairstylists. Not giving up, he
opened his own hair styling salon – and
all of his hairstylists are deaf.
Communiations with picky customers?
One regular customer said:

I write down my ideas on what I want my hair
to look like, and Thành offers advice on
styling, and I always like the haircut
he gives me

A picture is at:


— a sick rapid transit announcement

In Glasgow (Scotland) a rapid transit
conductor made this announcement:

Could passengers please help deaf
passengers move towards the front of
the train?

If a deaf person rides the train
alone without a hearing aid or a CI,
then how would hearing passengers
know he is deaf? Being deaf is also
being invisible!


— diversity is a fake

Is diversity a fake? An advocate said
that many companies hire the deaf
just to show the world that deaf
people can be employed. But these
companies pay deaf low wages and
do not give deaf the promotions
that are given to hearing employees!


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— pioneering deaf female pilot

12/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 21, 2016

— Tom Arnold said this; Trump said that

Did Donald Trump call Marlee Matlin a retard?
Tom Arnold said yes; Donald Trump said no;
Marlee Matlin didn’t say yes or no. Who is
correct? Arnold said he has tapes as proof of
Trump calling Marlee a retard. Very possibly
a mysterious comment that we will never know
the truth. A picture is at:


— a deaf quick hire and a deaf quick firing

Is Cheesecake Factory anti-deaf? A deaf man
was hired, but fired a few days later.
He asked for an interpreter for his
training sessions. Instead, Cheesecake
quickly fired him. EEOC, not too happy
about it, has filed a lawsuit against


— hard of hearing farmer and his tractors

Stanley Kucera, who is hard of hearing, was
a farmer with 105 tractors. That many
tractors on a farm? Not really – his hobby
was collecting antique John Deere green
tractors that he stored in his Mead,
Nebraska farm barn. He had been collecting
these tractors for 50 years. All of
these have been willed to the Saunders
County Historical Society and Museum.
Almost all of these tractors will be
put up for auction, except for a few that
the museum will keep on display.




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— great deaf astronomer was self-taught

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 20, 2016

— a deaf nurse with a rare honor

We have number of deaf nurses in the nursing
profession, even though exact count is impossible.
One deaf nurse has a rare honor. Tracy Lindstrom,
who is a deaf nursing student at Wichita
State University, has a Nurse Practitioner
Doctorate. DeafDigest does not know if she
is the first deaf or the only deaf with a
Nurse Practitioner Doctorate. A picture
of her is at:


— a city court does not understand ADA

It should be assumed that all courts in USA know
what ADA is all about. But apparently the
Camden Municipal Court (New Jersey) does not
understand ADA! This court was accused by
New Jersey federal judge of violating
ADA rules. Examples were – refusing
to provide interpreter for a deaf person
with low reading/writing skills; not
posting signs on the walls explaining
the availability of ASL interpreters;
ignoring advance requests by the deaf
for an interpreter prior to court
appearance; a court clerk challenging
the deafness of a deaf person; and
so on. There will be a big lawsuit
filed against that Camden court.


— theater offers free movies for the deaf

Do theaters really offer free movies for
the deaf anywhere in USA? Not really,
but a theater in St. Thomas, Virgin
Islands, recently opened its doors to
deaf movie-goers, not charging them
for movie tickets. The Caribbean Cinemas
wanted to tell the public that their
movies are accessible to the deaf.
Not sure if it is open captions or
closed captions, though.



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— deaf oral leader insults ASL deaf

12/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, December 19, 2016

— some deaf people hate being tapped on the shoulder

For most deaf people, being tapped on the shoulder
is fine. Yet, there are few deaf people that hate
to be tapped on the shoulder! What to do about it?
A software developer created an app to warn the
deaf if someone is coming to them from behind
to tap on their shoulders! A picture is at:


— Florida blames federal for saying no to deaf

Floyd McClain, who is deaf, wants to become a
truck driver. He attended truck driving school
and passed all of his exams. The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gave him
OK to become a truck driver. He lives in Florida,
and the state told him no! Florida says FMCSA
does not have guidelines and rules on how to give
truck driving tests to the deaf! It is
finger-pointing that prevents Floyd from earning
a good living as a deaf truck driver.


— insulting newspaper headline

A Vietnamese newspaper had a headline that

300 people escape deafness, dumbness thanks to
cochlear implant

Escape deafness? No. People with CI are still deaf.
They just hear better with it, but cannot hear
without it.

Dumbness? Very insulting.



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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Friendly Deaf Aliens!

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