DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 23, 2017


— blurred sign language in a picture

In a picture you will see two indivuals
communicating in blurred sign language.

See what this is all about at:


– an important clarification re New York interpreter tablets

DeafDigest mentioned that in some New York City
neighborhoods, police officers are equipped with
tablets, that they could use for interpreting
in case deaf people are stopped and no real live
interpreter is available. An important clarification –
the police officers cannot dial up video relay
service to communicate with the deaf person standing
next to him. He must use Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
for that purpose. Video Relay is free; VRI is not
free. Incidentally, a deaf person told DeafDigest:

Lots of times I run into hearing people that had ASL training
and/or deaf family members but it’s been a long time and they
don’t always remember ASL


— worried that Craiglist users will hang up on deaf

In Virginia, a hearing realtor got a Craiglist response
from a fake-deaf person about a piece of property.
Later the realtor realized the fake-deaf person was
actually hearing, trying to do a money scam. This
worries DeafDigest. If it happens too often then
Craiglist users will immediately hang up on
deaf users without realizing they are really deaf
and not fake-deaf!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Smart911 and deaf

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 22, 2017


— police and the tablets

The New York Police Department is experimenting
with tablets to see if it works when communicating
with the deaf. These tablets are being distributed
to the police in three neighborhoods. If a deaf
person is stopped and no interpreter is quickly
available, then the tablet will be used for
video relay communications with interpreters.
Not exactly sure how would this work. Cops can
carry tablets for years and not encounter a
deaf person. Suddenly they stop a deaf person;
would they remember how to use the tablet app to
summon a video relay service? Is the tablet portable
or is it mounted to something inside the car?

A picture is at:


— CART vs voice recognition

CART is expensive. Voice recognition software
is much cheaper. But which is better? A
CART operator explained:

If someone on TV says there or their or they’re,
the voice recognition machine may miss it. But
a CART operator would know!


— fake-deaf patients help real-deaf patients!

The nursing program at State University of New
York at Brockport had a role reversal program.
Fake-deaf patients play the role as hospital
patients, challenging nurses on how to treat
the deaf! This is great – but again, with other
situations, a nurse may never encounter a deaf
in 25 years and is suddenly confronted with a
deaf patient. Would that nurse remember the
fake-deaf patient training she had years ago?


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf photographer, many magazine credits

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 21, 2017


— powerful national organization may want to help the deaf

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is interested in
knowing about the deaf that were stopped by the police in
Chicago. The question is – why just Chicago only? Deaf
people have been stopped by the police everywhere in USA.
A picture is at:


— possible lonely deaf resident

The state of New York announced a new affordable
housing building in Oneida, NY. It said that 32
units will be built, and that up to two units
may be reserved for the deaf. One or two units?
That may mean that a deaf resident may be
quite lonely, while mingling with hearing
residents – unless an interpreter shadows
the deaf person all day?


— update on deaf woman in danger of losing home

DeafDigest mentioned a deaf woman that was threatened with
the loss of her home because of lack of paperwork that came
with the donation of her mobile home. The church donated
her the mobile home, but without paperwork. The church
closed up and the church leader moved out of town. Luckily
a former member of that church was able to track down the
church leader, and he produced evidence of mobile house
donation. The county government is satisfied and the
deaf woman is not losing her house at all.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— employment seeking

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 20, 2017


— Few 5-star hotels broke promise with deaf-owned bakery

The Shuktara is a deaf-owned bakery in Kolkata
(formerly known as Calcutta) in India. These deaf
bakers were trained by mentors, a French restauranteur
and a pastry chef. These mentors used contacts to set
up pastry accounts with few five-star hotels.
But when the hotels learned that the bakery owners
were deaf, they backed out. The bakery overcame
these cancelled accounts and is currently doing
very well. A picture is at:


— fined $250 for not understanding English

A hearing Uber driver was fined $250 for speaking
in Spanish at the Miami International Airport.
The law, in Florida, said that drivers of
Uber and Lyft must be able to communicate
in English. Would deaf Uber/Lyft drivers,
communicating in ASL, be also guilty?
Uber/Lyft both say no, but Miami says yes!
It didn’t matter to the cops that these
drivers use apps to help them communicate
with hearing passengers.


— Dawn of the Deaf short film is free to watch

According to a web posting, Vimeo is making
available the film “Dawn of the Deaf” for
free viewing.



Latest deaf jobs

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

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – June 19, 2017


— downloading movies from web sites

Many people download movies from web sites instead
of going to the movie theaters. Some sites offer
free movies; some sites charge for downloaded
movies. For the deaf, we must make sure that
these downloaded movies have captions (or
subtitles). And if there are “free” movies,
need to make sure the site is honest. It
can be frustrating to download a movie for
few hours only to find the film is not
captioned! A picture is at:


— incident with North Koreans at the airport

The Homeland Security people at the JFK Airport
in New York grabbed a briefcase from a group
of North Koreans. The airport personnel
asked for their diplomatic credentials
and the visitors were not cooperative.
There was some scuffling, pushing and
tugging. They were released and allowed
to board the plane bound for North
Korea, but they refused to board.
Who was the North Korean group? They
wanted to attend a a three-day UN
conference on rights of deaf people
and disabled people!


— police advice on communicating with the deaf

A police chief gave this advice on how to
communicate with the deaf. Use notes if
the deaf person can read and write and if
no interpreter is available. For the deaf
that don’t sign and depend on lipreading,
make sure the room is well lighted and the
officer is about 2-3 feet away face to face.
If the deaf person turns his head away,
it is OK to tap them on shoulder to get
their attention. Who gave that advise?
A police chief in Zaire!



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— professor, honest or insulting

6/18/17 Blue and Gold editions at: