2017/09/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 29, 2017

 

— a reason for a prison lawsuit

The Nebraska prison system has been slapped with a
lawsuit, alleging lack of accommodations for
deaf inmates. The problem is not that wardens
wish to refuse accommodations, but that the
state prisons are so overcrowded, making
fair and just accommodations impossible!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/crowded-prison/

 

— deaf-blind owner of a cross-fit gym

Brandon Tucker is deaf-blind. He is the owner of
his cross-fit gym – CrossFit Feliciana, located
in Saint Francisville, Louisiana. There was a
newspaper story about him – he probably
functions as a hearing person, despite his
profound deafness.

 

— a fishy excuse

DeafDigest mentioned that a deaf man was refused
service at a Burger King drive-in in Columbus,
Ohio. The server who refused him service (and
lost his job for that reason) said:

We didn’t know you were deaf

It is fishy because the deaf driver handed him
his burger order on a piece of paper and it
was refused. Would a hearing driver write
down his order on a piece of paper at a
drive-in window?

 

Latest deaf jobs
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— racetrack photographer
http://deafdigestsports.com/deaf-sports-collections/

9/24/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/09/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 28, 2017

 

– weird state law on interpreters

Iowa does not require licenses for spoken interpreting
in different languages for hearing immigrants (Spanish,
Arabic, Russian, Chinese, etc). Yet for ASL
interpreting it requires a license. And to apply
for a license ASL interpeters must pay $120.00.
There is a small loophole – ASL interpreters can
work for four years – with minimal supervision –
without having to apply for a license. But when
four years is up, it is a different story!
Making things worse is that the Iowa legislative
body have been avoiding this issue. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/legal-or-illegal-interpreters/

 

— Walmart manager suspends deaf-blind employee

Walmart is in hot water with the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission. The Walmart store in Beloit,
Wisconsin suspended a deaf-blind employee, who was
employed for 16 years (with no problems). The
new Walmart manager didn’t like him, and suspended
him, saying he lacked paperwork that certified
him as deaf-blind. It was never a problem with the
previous managers! The Walmart corporate management
said the company does not allow discrimination and
is hoping to reach an agreement with EEOC and
with the deaf-blind employee.

 

— 342 year old deaf woman

A deaf woman at the age of 342? Well, people
tha love science fiction would know about the
“Electric Dreams” TV episdoes in Great
Britain. The latest episode involves
Irma, the 342-year old deaf woman that
is slowly approaching the last days of
her life!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— endless arguing over three key ADA words
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/24/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/09/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 27, 2017

 

— Burger King refuses to serve deaf at drive-in window

A Burger King outlet in Columbus, Ohio refused to serve
a deaf driver at the drive-in window. The server who
would not serve is no longer employed. The deaf driver
filed a formal complaint; Burger King gave him an
apology and a free meal. See the picture of the
refusal at:

http://deafdigest.com/burger-king-refusing-a-deaf-driver/

 

— a stranded deaf-blind student

Jasmine Fillmore, is a deaf-blind student at
University of Kansas. She is a member of the
Student Senate Rights Committee, and a
meeting was scheduled. The interpreter never
showed up! Volunter committee members had
to text her the meeting proceedings. The
university has not commented on why the
interpreter never showed up.

 

— ADA compliance not a priority with many police leaders

Alex Vitale, not deaf, is a a sociology professor
at Brooklyn College (NY). He said many police leaders
do not give a priority with ADA compliance. Something
to do with lack of understanding of deaf culture.
Doesn’t matter how many ADA workshops and ADA
seminars at police academies and with in-house
training sessions, ADA is still not a high priority.
Very sad and very concerning.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— first TV program with leading deaf character
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/24/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/09/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 26, 2017

 

— explaining pizza, monster and bear to the deaf audience

We already know about the story of a lifeguard, whose brother
is deaf, and wanted to help the deaf during the hurricane
in Florida. Not only he was not RID-certified, he really
didn’t now any sign language and just said “pizza, monster
and bear” while the speaker gave instructions on how to
evacuate. Why didn’t the Manatee County officials
ask for the lifeguard’s interpreting credentials
in the first place? See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/bad-interpreting-situation/

 

— 4 hours of training

A police academy spokesperson said that all police
recruits go through four hours of training on
how to deal with the deaf. And that during annual
workshops, all police officers are retrained.
Four hours! Enough or not enough? Do keep in mind
well trained police officers who may have never
encountered a deaf person in years may forget
what to do – even when he is being annually
retrained.

 

— a supermarket success story

Shoprite is a big supermarket chain in South Africa.
And there is a deaf success story. Philemon Lempe,
just 27 years old, is the general manager of a
Shoprite store in Lenasia, a city within the
metro Johannesburg metro area. What does he
do? Busy, busy and busy – all day – assigning
staff to different jobs in the store, picking
up trash off the floor, putting back cans that
customers picked up but left off elsewhere,
making sure all food items are stocked up
without running out and having to re-order,
throwing out food with expired dates,
making angry customers happy. Plus many
more. He always has his notepad and pen
with him when customers come to him.
His goal is to move up higher on the
corporate ladder.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Native American sign language vs ASL
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/24/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/09/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – September 25, 2017

 

— an ugly deaf-police incident in Olathe

Olathe is where Kansas School for the Deaf is
located, and people pretty much know about
the deaf. Maybe except the police! A former
resident of Olathe said his car stalled,
making the police officer angry. The driver’s
passenger was not deaf and the police officer
came over, and asked for interpreting. The
deaf driver told the officer that he had
to find an interpreter on his own. This
only got the officer angrier, pulling out
his gun. Tempers cooled. But the next day
a complaint was filed with the Chief
of Police and the Olathe Chief of Police
and the Police Committee for Citizens with
Disabilities. Yes, the complaint was
ignored without an apology. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/police-officer-is-angry/

 

— a deaf Member of Parliament lost her seat

Deaf MP Mojo Mathers, who served in the New Zealand
parliament for six years, has lost her seat. Her
Green Party won only seven seats in the recent
election. Mojo was ninth on the party’s list,
meaning first seven could only get parliament
seats. She is in the prcess of cleaning out
her office and looking at employment options.
As the MP she constantly fought for deaf
rights in New Zealand, and for that reason,
fellow MP’s didn’t like her!

 

— another city requires TV captions (but a loophole)

Rochester City Council (NY) passed a new rule requiring
businesses with TV sets to turn on the captions.
This is great – but there is a loophole! Businesses
can take down TV sets to avoid captions, and avoid
making hearing patrons angry! Just hope it never
happens. Deaf community in Rochester is that big.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Hearing genes in an all-deaf family
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

9/24/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/