DeafDigest Gold – April 23, 2017

DeafDigest Gold – April 23, 2017

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 21, 2017

— Lyft offers deaf drivers two great features

We read bad news about Uber; this company is losing a lot
of money and rumors are that they may lay off drivers.
Just hope they will keep deaf drivers. Now for Lyft,
this competitor has offered two new features.
The read-out device on the dashboard will say
“NEW RIDE” each time hearing passengers request
a Lyft ride. This would quickly alert the deaf
Lyft driver. The second feature is at:


— a puzzling misunderstanding

A former deaf IBM employee filed a lawsuit, claiming
discrimination on the job. IBM reached settlement,
offering $200,000. The deaf man thought it was
$200,000,000 based on the sign language by the
attorney. As a result he refused to sign papers,
and has filed a lawsuit against his former
attorney. This is puzzling. The sign for
thousands (tapping the palm once) is much
different from millions (tapping the palm
several times with both hands moving slightly
forward). And besides if the attorney
mouthed the word “thousands” while signing,
the deaf person could have caught it. And
the attorney is a Coda with a fluent knowledge
of ASL!


— no way of knowing the driver is deaf

There was a meeting between police officers
in small New Hampshire towns and the deaf
community. Same story – what should the deaf
driver do during traffic stops, and also
what should the police officer also do?
One police officer explained that when he
stops a driver, he has no way of knowing
from the rear if the driver is deaf.
Once he learns of driver’s deafness, then
many thoughts race across the cop’s mind
– lipreading, texting, gesturing, note taking
or asking for an interpreter. A minor traffic
stop, instead of remaining just minor, could
escalate into tragic consequences.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Civil War and the deaf

4/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 20, 2017

— a different way to communicate with hearing

Communicating with hearing takes different ways –
lipreading, gesturing, sign language if hearing
knows it, written notes, interpreters and text
captions. Is there another way? Yes, if Facebook
succeeds with their plan. Facebook wants
to develop a system that can type as fast as
100 words per minute directly from the brain.
Will it work? A picture is at:


— a non-signing deaf actress

Not every deaf person uses sign language.
And there are some deaf people with “perfect”
speech. An unidentified non-signing,
perfect-speaking deaf actress said:

I am not a deaf actress; I just happen to be deaf

That actress is British. The British deaf community
does not know to figure her out for what she is!


— deaf-only town hall with a Republican congressman

More and more congressmen dread town halls because
angry people in the audience would make abusive
comments. Also, many congressmen are too busy
making contacts with the hearing constituents
to bother with a deaf-only event. This being
said, deaf-only town halls are not common.
It is nice to know that Utah Rep. Chris Stewart,
a Republican, staged a town hall with his
deaf and hard of hearing constituents. Hope
it turns up good when Stewart returns to
Capitol Hill.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— gambling and the deaf

4/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 19, 2017

— deaf set-up team with hearing entertainment company

Dazzle Entertainment is based in Hong Kong, specializing
in designed walls, props and backdrops, all with a range of
colors and designs. These are installed at huge musical
events that many thousands of young people attend.
The key people in the company is a group of set up
people – they are deaf and they are in full charge of
props, designs and artwork. A picture is at:



— a deaf trick at big conventions without interpreters

There are many different kinds of hearing conventions,
trade shows and exhibit halls everywhere in USA. Many
of them have interpreters, but many others don’t.
A deaf person who loves to attend photography and
camera equipment conventions has this trick. Email
the convention host and the exhibitors several days
in advance – explain to them of his deafness and
the need for interpreters and that if there is none,
then find someone at the booths that do not mind
private notetaking sessions! Some exhibitors will
respond, some don’t – but it works, according to
that deaf conventioneer. And the key advice –
do not make these “ADA-threats” – totally turns
them off.



— confusing voice 911 calls that deaf not aware of

Some 911 districts have this feature on their
programmed computerized 911 calls – a buzzing
sound near the end of the calls. People
think it may be a fax tone (faxes are obsolete,
by the way). Actually it tells people not to
hang up, and asks for the hard of hearing
person to wait for a “deaf-friendly” voice
call! Why the confusion? Because there are
hearing people and hard of hearing people that
use the 911 calls – and the programmers try
to accommodate both groups of people.
Everyone, by the way, hates it!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— waiting for flashing call for nothing

4/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 18, 2017


— White House says no to interpreters at $5 bil agency

The CIA has a budget of $5 billion dollars, and has
a good number of deaf employees. They need interpreters
but CIA was not able to hire any because of freeze on hiring
new employees  by the White House. Recently, the
White House dropped the hiring freeze and hopefully the
deaf employees can get good interpreters that they need.
A picture is at:


— waitress with two hearing aids is lucky

A waitress at a restaurant in Branford, CT,
wears two hearing aids. One hearing aid was
broken and she had problems understanding
the orders from a man and a woman at one
table. The man asked why she had problems
with the orders. She explained that her
hearing aid was broken. After the meal,
the man paid for the check and tipped
her $500 with instructions to get her
hearing aid fixed. The waitress cried
while hugging the man! A google search
of hearing aid repairs says $500 is
probably just about right!


— many hearing people like captions

Do many hearing people like captions?
There was a survey by a captioning
advocacy group that said that 30
percent of viewers (both deaf and
hearing) look at captions. And that
most of the people in this 30 percent
group are not deaf. On the flip side,
70 percent of viewers would not
look at captions. Good or bad
stats or just confusing stats?



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Hollywood fakery and the deaf

4/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 17, 2017

— these hypocrite, two-faced employers

Are employers both hypocrites and two-faced?
Well, there was a survey of 100 employers.
Less than 20 percent of them said they
would hire the deaf. 50 percent of them
said they would not hire the deaf. Yet
75 percent of them said that the deaf are
no different from hearing and felt the
deaf can do the job as good as the
hearing. But why not just hire the deaf?
This is a good question. A picture is at:


— congressman does not give an interpreter for deaf person

A deaf woman, living in Bentonville, Arkansas, wanted
to attend a town hall event hosted by U.S. Representative
Steve Womack. She gave notice 72 hours in advance of
her request. She showed up, but the interpreter
never showed up. Said Womack:

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control,
the interpreter was unable to attend the event

The upset deaf woman said she does not count!


— CEO earns fat salary while deaf employees on strike

Deaf employees of Canadian Hearing Society in
Toronto, have been on strike. They are protesting
nearly 30 percent of layoffs in past three years
and also no pay increase for the past four years.
In the meantime, the CEO (not deaf) is making
$268,749 per year.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Spinal Meningitis in the past

4/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at: