DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 23, 2017


— a past deaf basketball star becomes a police officer

In the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, Jamal Bradley,
who is deaf, was a basketball star with University
of South Carolina. He later played pro basketball
in Europe. He has become a deputy police officer
with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department
in South Carolina. A picture is at:



— deaf physicians still face discrimination

The medical field discriminates against deaf physicians.
It pretty much was bad years ago; nowadays acceptance
of deaf physicians is getting better, but still has
a long way to go. These physicians said dealing
with their own deafness is easier as compared to
dealing with attitudes of their fellow physicians.


— right or wrong captioned word

In an American movie, one word was
captioned – honour. It means the
same as honor. The word honour
is British English whereas honor
is American English. Either the
captioner happened to be a Canadian
or a British or even an Australian.
Or maybe the captioner accidentally keyed
in the word honour into his computer?



Latest deaf jobs – updated

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf model in early days of TV

10/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


Today’s economy is bad. Many people have no jobs.

If you are deaf and have a job, then you are lucky.

But suppose you have a job and you hate your boss,
then what should you do?

Quit the job and look for a better job with a
better boss. Or to stay in the job and still hate the

If you quit your job, it is a gamble, because it may
be a long time before you find a new job.


A deaf employee that can speak very well, had a
problem with a hearing employee.

That hearing employee always thought the deaf
people were dumb, helpless, and cannot talk.

This hearing employee would use gestures every time
he saw that deaf employee.

Tired of these silly gestures, the angry deaf employee
shouted at the hearing employee:

Can you talk?

The hearing employee immediately blushed with a
red face.



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 20, 2017


— Uber says their sign language is Uber Sign Language

Uber is heavily promoting few signs (hello, thank you,
fingerspelling the name) as Uber Sign Language (USL).
Realistically, the passengers would immediately forget
USL upon arriving at their destinations. And also,
if the deaf driver uses USL with the passenger while
driving, then it is dangerous – distracted driving.
And the driver would lose future fares if he stops the
car at the destination to continue USL with the
passenger, and wasting time! A picture is at:



— very bad case of sarcasm

A controversy is brewing at Camarillo HS in
California. It concerns requiring all graduates
to wear gowns of one color instead of a color
for boys and another color for girls. The
school wanted all graduates to feel equal
with each other. A faculty member made this
sarcastic comment:

That’s same as three percent of graduating
class that are deaf, and that the school board
does not want an interpreter because 97
percent of other graduates do not need

Sarcasm at its’ worst, it certainly is


— early Oscar talk

Oscars is coming up next March. There is talk that
Wonderstruck may be a hot candidate for an Oscar or
two. Real Oscar or fake-Oscar? The real Deaf Oscar
was Marlee Matlin with her Children of a Lesser God
performance. But is Wonderstruck a real Deaf Oscar
or a half-Deaf Oscar? Julianne Moore is not deaf
but plays a fake-deaf role. The young girl,
Millicent Simmonds is real-deaf. Looking back,
Johnny Belinda (1948) won an Oscar for performance
by a fake-deaf actress. Splitting hairs? Good


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— hearing students unaware teacher was deaf

10/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 19, 2017


— A Regal Entertainment Group honor with irony

The Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award is given
annually to an individual that has so much to promote
the cause of good movies for the public to view.
An executive with the Regal Entertainment Group
just won this honor for his work to promote
movie captions. Only it was not open captions
at regular movie hours, only at non-peak hours.
During peak hours, deaf movie viewers had to pick
up these captioning devices. He wanted captions
as his son was deaf, but this type of captions
was not what the deaf community wanted. The irony
was that people felt deaf son wanted open captions!

A picture is at:


— most successful deaf success story

Patrick Robinson is the most successful deaf
success story. He currently is the executive
director with E. H. Gentry, an adult independent
living center, part of the Alabama School for
the Deaf complex. He grew up poor in an
impoverished part of Alabama. Attending a
public school, he was promoted each year –
but with a catch. He was not able to
read or write, but continued getting
promoted. His parents then sent him to
Alabama School for the Deaf. He caught
up in leaps and bounds, and enrolled
at Gallaudet and then earned masters
afterwards, He said his teachers expected
nothing of him at the public school. This
is the most successful deaf success


— A Silent Voice, the cartoon

“A Silent Voice” is a cartoon that features
a young hearing man being punished for
bullying a deaf girl at school. He
harassed her, made fun of her deafness,
and threw her hearing aids into a pond.
Even when the deaf girl tried to be
friends with him, he continued to bully
her. As a result this hearing man lost
all of his friends – and has to repay the
deaf girl for the costs of the hearing
aids he destroyed. This cartoon is shown
in Japan.



Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— lipreading Queen Elizabeth

10/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at: