DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 25, 2017


— Airport Deaf/Disability Services

For experienced deaf travelers, airports are not
that confusing. But for deaf people who do not
travel that much, then airports can be confusing
and even terrifying. At the Los Angeles airport,
there is ADA Coordinator for the Office of
Disability Services – Los Angeles World Airpor.
Do other big airports have this such service?
The big question is – what if there is a Deaf
Incident while the airplane leaves USA?
If it is a foreign airline, is it bound by
ADA while over the ocean or over foreign
land? A picture is at:



— activist says dangerous for deaf to call the cops

John W. Whitehead, not deaf, is an activist
attorney. He wrote an article which headlined:

Don’t Call the Cops If You’re Autistic, Deaf,
Mentally Ill, Disabled or Old

He pointed out to several cases of deaf people,
asking for police assistance, and instead,
being shot by them. Does he have a point?
Well, did the cops know in advance of
the person’s deafness? What if the deaf
person, out of panic, used wild gestures,
scaring off the cops?


— these sign-language kiosks

There was a story today saying that the sign language
kiosk market is booming. This market involves five
major kiosk manufacturers – not just in USA but in
other foreign nations. This is great for deaf
customers entering a deaf-friendly store, instead
of dealing with deaf-unfriendly stores.



Latest deaf jobs – latest

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Tricks of trade of a newspaper reporter that was deaf

10/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 24, 2017


— a 50,000 year old deaf man

There was a big story today about a group of
archaeologists dissecting the bones of a
50,000 year old prehistoric Neanderthal man.
They looked at his ear canals and determined
that he was deaf. They named him Shanidar 1 and
they felt that fellow tribal members protected
him. They felt he couldn’t survive in the
wild because of his deafness (wild animals
and competing tribes)!

A picture is at:


— very angry interpreter

An interpreter was at a speaking event that discussed
controversial political issues. The host filmed the
event and then made an ad out of it, urging voters
come and vote on election day. The ad showed the
interpreter “hinting” her support for an issue
she was violently opposed to. She asked the hosts
to either drop her from the ad or to change the
ad. So far the hosts refused to do anything.
As a result, the interpreter suffered sleepless
nights, worrying about her reputation in the
Deaf Community.


— the U.S. Department of Education opposes deaf rights

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 72
guidelines, protecting the rights and needs of
disabled and deaf students, were thrown out.
Also thrown out were guidelines on rehabilitation
services for the deaf. This is not good news.


Latest deaf jobs

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Obama’s two deaf women in his office

10/22/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


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: