2017/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 31, 2017

— a test to see if a bank is deaf-friendly

Deaf people with smartphones can withdraw
money from any of Wells Fargo’s 13,000
ATMs without using debit cards. Is it
deaf-friendly? Sometimes people at
ATM windows have problems and need to
contact customer service representatives.
Big question – is it easy or hard for
deaf to contact customer service people
to discuss money withdrawal problems?
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/atm-deaf-friendly-or-not/

 

— a very special bar/art gallery

In Bologna, Italy, there is a bar/art gallery
named Altro Spazio. This bar hires the
disabled – the blind, the deaf, and the
wheelchair to serve drinks at the bar
counter for regular patrons. And if the
deaf bartenders have communication problems,
the restaurant staff helps out with sign
language. Might be worth the time for
deaf tourists passing through Bologna
to stop at the bar/art gallery.

 

— deaf photographer making friends with hearing photographers

Do photographers get along with each other? Good
question because photographers are always competing
with each other for better pictures from better
picture-taking locations. There is a lot of pushing
and bumping among these photographers. Steven Libby.
who is deaf, is one of the better known photographers
in the Palm Coast, Florida area. He communicates by
ASL, by gestures and by notes – and yet, he is well
liked among hearing photographers. They’re pretty
much used to his shoulder taps (hearing people
hate being tapped on their shoulders, by the
way). He was written up in a nice newspaper story.

 

 

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

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 30, 2017

— a deaf police officer in a different setting

We have a deaf police officer on a college
campus – no, it is not at Gallaudet or at
RIT. Scott Daily, who is deaf, is a police
officer at Tarleton State University
in Texas. He is able to keep up with
ASL thanks to five deaf students on
the campus. As a police officer
he has three rules – Always be fair,
always be firm, and always be consistent.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-police-officer-on-college-campus/

 

— 1930’s unfriendly to deaf

A Coda told a story of his deaf parents surviving
in the 1930’s. These were the Depression
years when many deaf people had a hard time
getting jobs. And the deaf were not encouraged
to go out on dates with the hearing. And if
the deaf married the deaf, they were not
encouraged to have children. And there was
much talk of the need to sterilize the deaf
so that they cannot have children. We are
grateful that we have ADA on our side
nowadays.

 

— ASL is second most requested language

In the courtrooms in Pennsylvania, interpreters
are available in many, many languages, including
ASL. A report said that while Spanish is the
most requested language, the second most
requested is ASL. It will not be wrong
to assume that ASL is also one of the most
requested languages in courtrooms in other
states.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— our deaf female scientists
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 29, 2017

— a perfect theater for deaf – no ASL, no captions, no interpreters

Is there such a thing as a perfect theater for the deaf with no
ASL, no captions, no interpreters? The Vamos Theater in
Great Britain has actors performing with masks – and with
no speech. It forces the audience to follow the action
instead of relying on voice. This theater has won
many awards. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/actors-with-masks/

 

— required to offer interpreters even when not requested

Not every deaf person asks for an interpreter even though
they obviously need one. The Administrative Office of
Pennsylvania Courts now require interpreters to be
offered in the courts if it is obvious the deaf person
needs one, even though he would deny the need. This
would prevent family members or friends to serve as
unlicensed interpreters!

 

— a “deaf” ad banned in one nation

The Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising
Standards Council of India has banned one ad by
the Praveen Surana Deaf Cure Centre. This advertiser
promised to “remove deafness and increase hearing
capacity” and claimed to restore deafness without
an operation!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— advocacy efforts backfired
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/03/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 28, 2017

— anti-sign language hearing woman attacks deaf woman

A young deaf woman, using British Sign Language
with her friend during a train ride, was attacked
by a hearing woman. The hearing woman ran away
but her video was taken. Why was the hearing
woman angry? Was she anti-sign language?
Or did she think the deaf woman was talking
about her? Or maybe the deaf woman was using
voice while signing, annoying the hearing
woman? Anyway, the police is looking for
the hearing woman. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/video-picture-of-anti-sign-language-attacker/

 

— a joke of a prize

Chiedza Hukuimwe won the Miss Deaf Zimbabwe
pageant. Her cash reward? Just $8.50
first place prize. Already the newspapers
in Zimbabwe are angry about this joke
prize!

 

— possibility of hotel breaking ADA regulations

There was a story of a new hotel opening up in
Augusta, Georgia. It said that few rooms are
reserved for the deaf. What is going to
happen if the hotel is overbooked, and hearing
guests are given deaf rooms – and a few
minutes later a deaf guest comes in and
wants a deaf room? Is the hotel breaking
ADA regulations? This is why we have
attorneys that specialize in Disability Law.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— avoiding voice relay calls
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 27, 2017

— possible HUD funding cuts could hurt the deaf

The President wants to cut funding to HUD.
If this happens, it could hurt some deaf people
that have been living in low cost homes.
We hope this never happens. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/budget-cuts-possibly-hurting-deaf/

 

— nation’s best school building maintenance person

Who will win the Cintas’s National Best Building
Maintenance Person contest? There are ten
finalists; nine of them are hearing, and
one of them is deaf – Michael Eldridge,
who watches over the maintenance of the
Deer Crossing Elementary School in
Frederick, MD. If he wins, he gets $5,000
and his school gets another $5,000 worth
of products and services for his school.
Good luck, Michael!

 

— always wondering about deaf appraiser

There was a mention in a newspaper that a deaf man
owns his own appraisal company in a small
town in New York. Just wondering. Is it a
one-man company, or does the company have
a number of employees with the deaf man
as the owner? There is a big difference
between one-man company and a bigger
company. Again, just wondering.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf device illegally helping hearing
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

3/26/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/