DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 25, 2017


— a big risk while walking on the sidewalk

In Camden, a district in London, there is a law
that says bicyclists cannot ride on the sidewalks.
Yet, there was an announcement that police officers
will not enforce that law. This is scary for
people that walk on the sidewalks if bicyclists
race fast behind them. These bicyclists may
scream for people to keep out of the way.
Deaf people cannot hear these screams and
risk being hit from behind! A picture is at:




— a non-doctor developed the first CI

We assume that it is the doctors that have designed
and developed the early CI’s. Well, in 1977 before
everyone heard of a CI, Adam Kissiah, not deaf,
designed the first CI. He was not a doctor and
never had a medical training. He was lucky.
What if his lack of medical knowledge of
a person’s skull could have botched the
first attempt at an implant?


— deaf but not deaf

Could a person be deaf but is not deaf? There was
a letter to the editor of a newspaper by a person
who said he was “fortunate” not to be deaf, but
has hearing impairment. There is such a thing
as mild deafness, moderate deafness, severe
deafness and profound deafness. If he says
he is not deaf but has a hearing impairment,
then what is it? Maybe he is in denial.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— veterinary student kicked out

1/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 24, 2017

— two new deaf concerns

We have two new concerns with the new White
House. If there is a federal hiring freeze,
then deaf people may be denied such employment
opportunities with the government. For years
federal employment has been good to the deaf.
Also, the new FCC chairperson appointee
Ajit Pai does not like net neutrality.
The deaf, in recent years, have fought for
net neutrality. Without net neutrality,
our internet and cable costs may skyrocket,
placing low income deaf people at disadvantage.
A picture is at:



— $120,000 is OK

Spending $120,000 is OK according to ADA regulations.
Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland) fought against
interpreters for a deaf employee, saying $120,000
per year is a high expense and is an unfair reasonable
accommodation. This hospital is part of the Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine. They have $1.9 billion dollars in
endownment, meaning $120,000 is just pennies to them!


— TV to disappoint us or not

Will TV disappoint us or not – during the
Super Bowl? Kriston Lee Pumphrey will be
ASL-signing the National Anthem and
America the Beautiful. In the past TV
screens have either hid the ASL singers
or viewed away from them. We shall wait
and see and either be happy or disappointed!


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a fact about Dancing With the Stars old TV series

1/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 23, 2017

— an unusual convention that deaf person attended

A deaf person attended a convention that we would
say it is unusual. Take a look at:



— interpreter’s biggest fear many years ago

An interpreter was interviewed by a newspaper
reporter. She said she began as an “in-house”
interpreter for her deaf family while growing
up. Her biggest fear at that time was that
if she made an interpreting error, it
would affect communications between her
deaf family and the hearing person.
The interpreter said she was frightened
of it happening!


— deaf woman not allowed to join a hearing tour

A deaf woman wanted to join a hearing tour.
The tour directors would not allow her – because
of her deafness! They felt her deafness was
a burden they oculdn’t handle. It is not
happening in USA, but in China! As a result
she had to join hearing family members on
their tours, not always the best idea for her.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— plants named after deaf woman

1/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf sellers at ticket windows


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Top stories about the deaf:

At Fresno State, Department of Communicative Disorders
and Deaf Studies changed its name to Department of
Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies. Just keeping
up with the times, the university said.

A deaf-chat line has been installed at the
police department at London, Ontario.

Philadelphia police will be going through different
set of guidelines when dealing with the deaf.
This was the agreement made with the Department
of Justice.

Michigan Gov. Snyder has appointed Greg Pollock,
a young deaf man, to serve on the Barrier Free Design

A new sensation has surfaced in the Utah musical
scene – Maclain Drake. He is deaf, and he is
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This week’s ASL video in youtube

You make a new deaf friend at a deaf club.
He tells you he graduated from MSD.
MSD? Which MSD? Maryland SD or Michigan SD
or Mississippi SD or Missouri SD.
Years ago there was another MSD – Minnesota
School for the Deaf – but the school changed
its name to Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf!
Same thing with ISD – Illinois SD, Indiana SD
and Iowa SD.
These deaf abbreviations can be confusing!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


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This week’s ASL video in youtube

There are many Deaf Child signs on streets everywhere in
And it is an old story that the deaf child grows up,
becomes an adult and moves away from the old house.
Yet – that sign still continues. Why wasn’t the sign
taken down?
A Department of Transportation person in one big city

The parent must tell us to remove the sign. If they don’t
tell us, the sign stays there!

This week’s ASL video in youtube


Rene Pellerin’s Corner:

Every year, advocates go to Statehouse to advocate for their needs.

Sometimes advocate groups try to help get DeafBlind needs met through

Many times they have too many bills to advocate for and they easily lose

I have been trying to get DeafBlind needs met through advocacy groups.

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Vermont DeafBlind!

Now waiting for the bill to be drafted.

Rene’s show business started in year 2010 and it focuses on the

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Deaf Collegiate Athletes:

Merrimack – Hannah Neild, SO, women’s basketball

is the team’s second leading scorer at 10.1 points
per game despite starting just 11 of her team’s
18 games


Deaf Elite Athletes:

Yuya Ishii, Japan, pro baseball

he is gearing up for another season in Japanese
baseball minor leagues. He is a relief pitcher.


DeafSports Library:

Deaf Sports Collections update
— rodeo career cut short


DeafSports picture of the day


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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 20, 2017


— cheap or expensive captions

A town decided to caption its town hall meetings.
This town asked for bids. The most expensive bid
was $190 per hour. The cheapest bid was $89.95
per hour. This lowest bid won the contract.
Good or bad? Expensive captions may show the
best quality; cheap captions may show too
many errors. Worth to make deaf people
unhappy just to save few tax dollars?
A picture is at:



— confessions of a deaf teacher that functions as hearing

A deaf teacher, in a hearing classroom, depends on his
hearing aid to “function” as a hearing person. He said
handling the classroom is not easy and is challenging –
always problems understanding some students, accidentally
walking away when a student is trying to say something,
always dealing with noise and always misunderstanding
what the student is trying to say!


— surviving a bad railroad system

A deaf person rides the train to work every day.
This railroad system is bad – no displays,
no public announcements, no explanation for
delays and emergencies or track changes, etc.
A hearing rider can ask around to get as much
information as possible. Not always with that
deaf person. How does the deaf person survive?
He rides the same train at same time every day
and pretty much knows the faces of the hearing
riders that get off at the same stations. When
there are problems, this deaf person “follows”
the hearing riders without them aware of
being watched by a deaf “eye”!



Latest deaf jobs & also opportunity with Deaflympiccs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— state printer

1/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at: