DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 20, 2017

— deaf chef is boss chef

Not every chef is a real big boss. But Bruce Price,
who is deaf, is the real big boss. He has 45 different
hearing chefs working for him at six separate
restaurants with a hotel chain in Scotland. But
can he cook? He won the Scottish Chef of the Year
three times! Does he use sign language? No,
he communicates orally. A picture is at:



— a mystery with sign language

For a hearing person Sign language easy to learn
or difficult to learn? Many hearing people
attend ASL classes but still struggle with
sign language and never really have learned
it well enough. But for some other hearing
people, especially those that have never
attended classes, they learn fast! Said
a hearing person:

I just picked it up. I never went to a
class. I just threw myself into learning
it on my own.


– a simple voting suggestion

Because of communication at voting booths,
there are deaf people that struggle while
wanting to vote. A deaf man came up with
a simple suggestion – set up a white
writing board at voting places to make
written communications much easier.
Hearing people are always scrambling
around for a pen and a pad when a
deaf voter wants to communicate.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf upholsterers

2/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



Many hearing people talk to themselves?
There are some deaf people that sign to themselves.
It is embarrassing when hearing people look at
you, thinking you are crazy!


Suffering means people that feel hurt from
A newspaper headline said a person was
suffering from hearing loss.
Is hearing loss same as deaf person
suffering from deafness- hurting pain?
This is why some headlines make no


DeafDigest editor taught at a deaf school many
years ago.
The school had an assistant principal. He was
Hearing people loved him. Deaf people hated him.
Deaf principal – but two different opinions
about him?


Some deaf people wear badges that say
this word DEAF.
They want to warn hearing people that
they must communicate with notes or by
easy gestures.
Worth it? Many deaf people prefer to
be invisible!


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 17, 2017

— successful self-teacher of ASL

A hearing basketball coach knew nothing about ASL
before he was hired to coach at Gallaudet University.
Knowing communications was important in coaching,
he taught himself ASL and before not too long,
he became fairly fluent. That coach is John
Becker. He coached Gallaudet basketball for
five years before moving on. He is now the
coach of the successful University of Vermont
basketball team. A picture is at:



— unusual request for State Emergency Services

State Emergency Services (SES) is a national
Australian agency. It is like our own local EMT
services. Only recently SES was given a task
that they’ve never done before – to look for
6-year old deaf child’s lost CI. Searching
everywhere, the lost CI was found, making
this mission a success.


— a twist with the ZVRS purchase of Purple

DeafDigest announced few days ago that ZVRS
is purchasing Purple. And a twist has
surfaced. The FCC had been hot
after Purple to pay up a multi-million
dollar penalty because of illegal
billings. Just as when the ZVRS purchase
was announced, the FCC immediately
announced settlement of its case!
Was the settlement planned because of
the purchase or was the timing of
the settlement purely coincidental?
We may never knnow.




Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— History, big deaf role

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


— Survey: Have You ever been arrested or taken to prison?

Survey conducted by Dr. Gabe Lomas, Western Connecticut
State University.

Do click on:

also click below to see the video:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 16, 2017

— a real diverse international deaf organization

There is an international organization that has
teachers, students, mechanics, farmers, bankers,
programmers, priests, employed people, retired
people of both genders. That organization is the
Deaf Pilots Association; members are Americans,
Europeans, and Australians. There was a write up
about it in a newspaper today. A picture is at:



— breaking a world deaf travel record

The late Irwin Bosch, a New Yorker,
traveled 107 nations, probably holding
an old deaf travel record. This travel record
has been broken by deaf Englishman Tony
Giles, with 116 nations visited to his


— a room where cops take their breaks

When police officers are tired and need a few
minutes of rest, break and relaxation, they
go to their breakroom at the police station.
The breakroom at the Greenwich (CT) Police
headquarters is named the Anne Carson
Breakroom. This woman, deaf all her life,
was the one that introduced the police
to the uses and ways of the TTY machine
way back years ago. She liked the police
officers so much that she often baked
cakes for them! Not sure if it is the
only police breakroom in the world
that is named after a deaf person.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf world traveler

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – February 15, 2017

— a comedian insults the deaf, kicked out

Comedian Ross Browne, not deaf, got the Irish deaf and
Irish interpreters very angry. At an event, he used
gestures that were impossible to understand, making
fun of someone else. As a result, he was kicked off
the stage and ejected from the building, much to the
cheers from the audience. A picture is at:



— Purple Relay no more!

Many deaf people love Purple relay. No more!
There were rumors that something has happened
to Purple. Now this – another relay provider
(not Sorenson) has purchased Purple Relay.
It is ZVRS! Good or bad? This means we have
one less relay provider to serve us. We need
time to figure if this is really good or really
bad for us. DeafDigest hopes it is good for us.


— activist says sign language choice is political

Should we have just one sign language that can be
used everywhere by all deaf in the world? Or should
each nation use their own sign language that others
do not understand. This was an issue brought up by
an activist. As an example, Spanish is spoken by
many nations. Two Spanish speaking strangers, from
different parts of the world, can reasonably
understand each other, despite dialects. Not that
so with sign language!


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— redlining a deaf community

2/12/17 Blue and Gold editions at: