2017/02/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 28, 2017

— angry legislator rips up a bill

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Iowa legislator, hated the
bill that would have ended licensing requirements
for many professions, including interpreters.
As a result, he ripped up the bill in half.
People watching him from the gallery all rose
up in cheers! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/angry-legislator/

 

— a big concert not captioned on TV

A big event in Wales is a musical festival –
the Cyngerdd Gwyl Ddewi, a St David Day Concert.
Deaf music lovers watched the program, expecting
it to be captioned. It wasn’t and people are
angry about it. They said the broadcaster
discriminated against the deaf. The broadcaster
denied it, saying there were two reasons for
no captions – copyright issues and also
difficulty in translating Welsh songs into
English language. What would the deaf Americans
say if the recent Oscar program wasn’t captioned!

 

— app to improve customer service for deaf

Working with Bermuda Islands Association of the Deaf,
an American high tech company is developing
an app to help public service companies deal with
their deaf customers (telecoms, power suppliers,
banks, insurance companies, etc). No video
relay service – just the deaf customer directly
with the company.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— ASL, child abuse, said a state official
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 27, 2017

— deaf newscaster refuses to “fix” the birth of her children

Sarah-Jane Moloney is a deaf newscaster in Ireland.
At a fertility clinic in Spain, she and her husband
were asked if they could have their genes fixed so
that the children would be born deaf. She said –
no, let nature take its course. As it is, both
children were born hearing. Her comments hit
the Irish newspapers. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.net/refusing-to-fix-genes-so-children-would-be-born-deaf/

 

 

— a Deaf Oscar goof

Oscar, the highlight event of the year for actors and
performers, are always getting into goofs. An example
was announcing the wrong movie as the winner. Any
deaf goofs? Yes, but not deaf but of fake-deaf.
In 1978 at the Oscar, a group of children, announced
as deaf, sign-sang Debby Boone’s Light Up My Life.
These children were fake-deaf and even worse, they
could not really sign at all!

 

— disabled governor protects the deaf

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott uses a wheelchair to
get around. It is nice to hear that he protected
Texas School for the Deaf. The state has imposed
a hiring freeze on state agencies – but the
school has been made exempt from the hiring
freeze, upon orders of the governor!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— special Gallaudet trains
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 24, 2017

 
— Gallaudet hopefully not losing its identity

The Washington, DC Metro (rapid transit/subway)
system is broke. And if money is not found within
coming months, there may be dire consequences.
One such consequence is selling the naming
rights to metro stop stations. One such station
is NoMa–GallaudeU station. This name has
generated millions of dollars of free publicity
for Gallaudet. If Gallaudet loses its station
name, then would Gallaudet lose its identity?
Hope it never happens. By the way, it is just
15 minute breezy walk from the stop to the
campus. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gallaudet-hopefully-not-losing-identity/

 

— a deaf pitcher at minor league spring training camp

Kevin Grendell, who is deaf and a lefthanded pitcher,
is in the Los Angeles Angels minor league training camp.
Hopefully we will be hearing more of him in years to come
since we’ve not had a great deaf pitcher since the days of
Dummy Taylor.

 

— DeafWest in another new play

It was mentioned that DeafWest is worried about funding,
but it did not stop them from showing a new play
“Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo” which will debut
March 7th.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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2/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 23, 2017

— a big career jump for a deaf woman

big jump from a circus career (clown, trapeze artist,
and contortionist) to a career in high fashion. Ths is
the name of Carola Insolera, deaf all her life and
born in Norway. Her picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/carola-insolera/

 

— lack of deaf role models in children’s books

In an interview, Susan Daniels, the CEO of National Deaf Children’s
Society and Deaf Child Worldwide in Great Britain, said that
deaf children are lacking role models in the books they are reading.

 

— IRS warning about scammers

IRS is warning about scammers that use deaf video relay service,
prettending to work for IRS and claiming deaf people owe money.
Why cannot relay services screen these calls on behalf of the
deaf. They don’t!

 

Latest deaf jobs
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2/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 22, 2017

— a trick by a deaf machinist

A deaf machinist has been employed by the same company
for fifty years. He said that the trick was to feel
the vibrations better than what hearing employees
would know by these sounds! As a result his machined
products were better than what they could produce!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/machine-sound-or-vibrations/

 

— confession of a deaf referee

A deaf referee. that functions as a hearing person
when using his hearing aid, had a confession. He
would remove his hearing aid while refereeing an
athletic contest. He said with hearing aid he would
hear abusive remarks by the players – and so, felt
better off not using it!

 

— notetaking vs CART

Many deaf people do not use sign language.
For them, they must rely on something else
to keep up with the discussions in the
classroom. This would mean CART, yet it
was surprising that a deaf student at
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
would not provide him with a notetaker.
As a result he has filed a discrimination
lawsuit. This is puzzling – why notetaking
and not CART?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— do not use the word – deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/02/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 20, 2017

— ADA helps an invention become popular

     More shops and takeout places have kiosks,
which help the deaf with their orders.
     A newspaper story said that ADA is the
reason for these many kiosks everywhere. Business
owners, always afraid of these ADA lawsuits,
have been installing these kiosks.
     A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/typical-kiosk-at-typical-fast-food-outlet/

 

— many youtube captions

     It was announced that over one billion youtube
videos are now captioned. This is great.
     The hope is that quality of these captions will
continue to improve.
     But if the quality stays the same, it will be
a disappointment to all of us

 

— wasting the skills of a deaf immigrant

     Sushil (full name not known) lives in Colorado.
He is an immigrant from Nepal and has been in
USA for 9 years.
     In Nepal, he owned his computer business,
earning enough money to travel all over the world.
He knows much about technology, design and
     photography.
     Yet in USA he lost jobs because of communication
issues. No one wanted to hire him. And even one
social service placed him in a program with other
intellectually challenged cients!
     Are we wasting the skills of Sushil along
with many other highly skilled deaf immigrants?
    Yes!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— hearing aid, real cost
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

2/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/