DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 24, 2017

— surviving in a competitive fashion design market

The fashion design market is extremely competitive.
Not easy for a hearing fashion designer to make it,
let alone a deaf fashion designer. Mona Thalheimer,
who is deaf, recently displayed her latest fashion
designs in New York. A picture is at:


— a strange newspaper headline

A mother told a newspaper reporter:

I don’t want my child to be deaf again

Her comment became a newspaper headline.
Does the mother realize that when her
child takes off the CI, he becomes
deaf again. In fact he becomes hearing
and then deaf several times per day!


— feedback on Deaf ID

There was feedback on Deaf ID that was mentioned
in yesterday’s edition. A deaf woman said that
she has the DEAF word on her driver’s license
but would not have DEAF stickers and cards in
public view, not wanting robbers to follow
her home. A DeafBlind person said a similar
issue came up regarding the white cane.
Normally the cane bottom is red to identify the
person as DeafBlind. It was proposed to
change the color to candy stripes. It was
strongly opposed by the DeafBlind because of
safety concerns.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— 400 lightbulbs by Edison

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 23, 2017

— a most unusual police officer

Dana Fuller is a police officer with the Port
Authority. It is an agency, a partnership between
New York and New Jersey that oversees the
inter-state transportation system (bridges,
tunnels, airports, bus terminals, and seaports).
Dana is fluent with ASL, probably one of the
nation’s most fluent signing police officers.
He is a Coda. He is a RID member. He is a former
high school ASL instructor and is currently
a part-time university ASL instructor. We
probably may not find too many, if any,
police officers with an extensive ASL background.
His ASL skills came in handy one day when a
car of deaf passengers had an accident near
one of the tunnels!

A picture is at:


— last living graduate of a long-closed deaf school

The Northern New York School for the Deaf located
in Malone, NY, opened in 1890 and closed up for
good in 1943. During its peak years in the twenties
and early thirties, 130 students were enrolled.
Are any of these students still living? Myrtle
Herron Tellier, one of the last graduates,
passed away few days ago. It is believed she
was the last living graduate of the Malone school.
A bloc of these graduates lived in the Syracuse, NY
area right up to seventies and eighties.


— like Deaf ID card or hate it

Do deaf people like Deaf ID card or hate it?
There was a story of the Deaf Community in the
Quad Cities (Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa,
and Rock Island and Moline in Illinois) about
these Deaf ID cards. Some deaf people love it.
Some deaf people hate it. DeafDigest editor
hates it, by the way!


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— better to be deaf or better to be criminal

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 22, 2017

— deaf children in yellow school buses

Deaf schools transport local deaf children to classes
in yellow school buses. It is always scary when
there are bus accidents. It happened to one deaf
school last week. Aand even worse – more scary when
such school buses pass red stop signs! An angry driver
took a video of a deaf school bus that passed a stop
sign! The video went viral. The deaf school is
looking into it. The school bus, however was
contracted to the deaf school by a local school
bus company. A picture is at:


— a comment from a national association on 911

The National Emergency Number Association made
this comment – that many local 911 systems are
very difficult for many deaf people to use.
This national association is fighting to improve
ease of 911 for use by the deaf during emergencies.


— Derrick Coleman signs a new NFL contract

Derrick Coleman, who won a Super Bowl with the
Seattle Seahawks, did not play football last
season because of legal and medical issues.
He is coming back, signing a contract to play
for the Atlanta Falccons. We will see if he
makes the final cut prior to the 2017 season-
opening kickoff. Oh, by the way, he is deaf.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— school for deaf, miraculous recovery

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 21, 2017

— more on University of California interpreter issue

DeafDigest previously mentioned that University of
California refused to give an interpreter for
a deaf Canadian woman who was a visiting student.
It was learned that the university did not have
an interpreter that were skilled with ASL signs
that are needed for her research for her
doctorate. Lousy interpreter, yes, but
skilled interpreter, no! As a result, her
classmates are staging a protest in support
of this deaf student. A picture is at:


— bulbs for deaf waiters

More restaurants in Asia are hiring deaf
waiters. In one restaurant in India, all tables
have flashing light bulbs. When a hearing
diner wants to order something from the
menu, he pushes the button and the bulb
goes on. DeafDigest wonders why cannot the
hearing diner just wave his hands?


— deaf person works with street traffic

Dean Humphreys, a deaf man from Hounslow,
part of London, Great Britain, has a job
as a traffic technician. He studies
the traffic patterns to determine
if more traffic lights should be installed
or to change the “clock” on current
traffic lights – long wait or short wait
on red lights, etc. He also looks at
road construction crews to seee if it
slows up the traffic. This is a
demanding job. No one likes to be
stuck in a traffic jam.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— mistake to tease the deaf

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:




DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – March 20, 2017

— a survey of employers

A group of hearing students at Nanyang Technological
University (in Singapore) ran a survey, querying
nearly 100 companies. A simple question was asked –
would you hire the deaf? Fifty percent of these
employers said they wouldn’t. Why? Communication
concerns with customers, supervisors and fellow
employees. Is it any better in USA? A picture
is at:


— strange newspaper headline

A Malaysian newspaper headline said:

Challenges of a part-time sign language interpreter

The part time interpreter explained that deaf people
do not often ask for interpreters, and also that
their homes are scattered everywhere. As a result,
not too much of demand for interpreters!


— 63-year old deaf man runs away from home

A deaf man, 63 years old, ran away from home,
spending all of his time at the police station
in a town of 23,000 people. He was a go-fer,
errand boy, traffic controller, paper boy,
courier, etc. He had been doing these
voluntary tasks for 20 years for no pay.
His family finally found him and forced
him to come home. He wasn’t too happy about it.
Only in India could it happen! Very possibly
he was abused or ignored at home and wanted
to out of that atmosphere.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Parole board discrimination

3/19/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



You go to a butcher shop, and you tell the
butcher the meat you want by pointing the
finger on the glass towards the meat.
Most butchers can follow it and give you
the correct meat,
But there are a few butchers that cannot
follow the finger pointing!
It is frustrating.


You attend a deaf party at a friend’s house.
And then you leave the party, saying farewell
to your friends.
But you are still on the street in front
of friend’s house still chatting for a long
Bad habit?