2017/04/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – April 24, 2017

— extremely unusual interpreting situation

Pro wrestling is a big fake; everything is staged
on the mat. Yet, it is a popular event, attracting
many fans. One pro wrestling situation was
unusual. The referee, Matt Calamare is deaf.
And sometimes he referees a match that Chris Cayden
wrestles. Chris also serves as Matt’s ASL
interpreter while still competing on the mat!
Matt, himself, is also a pro wrestler, juggling
between wrestling and refereeing – in these
small town Pennsylvania wrestling venues.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/unusual-deaf-referee/

 

 

— an ADA win that the loser laughed hard

Judges are getting fed up with these ADA lawsuits;
in one ADA lawsuit, the litigant won. The winner’s
cash reward? Just $14.31 ! Angry, the winner asked
for more money, especially for legal fees; the judge
said no. This is why the loser laughed very hard,
having to pay just that small amount!

 

— a shock with some food trucks

Normally food trucks are deaf-unfriendly.
Menus are posted outside of the window,
and if a deaf person pointed at it, the
order-taker would be forced to stick his
neck out to see what the meal choice was.
Yet – there is a shock. Some food trucks
just don’t have menus at all! The order-taker
would just shout out the meal choices.
This creates an impossible situation for
the deaf person.

 

 

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2017/04/21

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:

http://deafdigest.com/message-for-hearing-passengers/

 

— 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.

 

 

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2017/04/20

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:

http://deafdigest.com/brain-to-brain-communications/

 

— 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.

 

 

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2017/04/19

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:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-designers-at-entertainment-company/

 

 

— 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!

 

 

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