DeafDigest Blue – December 24, 2017

DeafDigest Blue – December 24, 2017

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 22, 2017


— hospital interpreter versus hospital VRI

Deaf patients love interpreters; hospitals
love VRI. What are the facts? One hospital
said with interpreters, cost is about
$67.00 per hour, but with VRI cost is
$26.00 per hour. Do hospitals want to save
money, even when it causes deaf patients
communication discomfort? A picture is at:


— some deaf happy with isolated lives

A deaf person said:
I prefer to stay home and do things I enjoy
than to attend a hearing party where no one
comes to me to communicate with pen and pad.


— best news for young deaf kid that loves a movie

A young deaf kid wanted to watch the movie
“The Last Jedi” that was advertised as
captioned. The ticket his mother bought said
it would be captioned. But when arrived
at the theater, the captions were turned off.
The theater did not want to make hearing
patrons angry if the showing was captioned.
The family confronted the theater management,
and they all reached an agreement to have
the deaf kid watch a private showing of the
movie with captions turned on!



Latest deaf jobs – today’s update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf crook almost became rich man

12/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:




DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 21, 2017


— an interpreter that disappeared

A deaf family filed a complaint against Prince George’s Hospital
Center in Maryland, close to Washington, DC. A family member
was going through an operation. The family asked the hospital for
an interpreter. After four days of waiting, the interpreter finally
showed up, but only stayed around for few hours. Just as when
the doctor showed up, the interpeter disappeared! This complaint
may lead to legal action over ADA violations. A picture is at:


— deaf person serving on jury

There was a big story recently in Ireland about
a deaf person serving as a juror in a criminal
case. It said he was the first person in
Ireland to ever serve on a jury. A historian
did his research and found out that Ireland
had a deaf juror – 174 years ago in year 1843.
This means whoever says “only” deaf person
or “first” deaf person may need to do research


— Healthcare newsletter says deaf patients love VRI

It is common knowledge that deaf people hate
Video Remote Interpreting. Yet the newsletter
published by FierceHealthCare says that deaf
patients love VRI! Does DeafDigests believe
it? No!



Latest deaf jobs – today’s update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf woman involved in cosmetics

12/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 20, 2017


— a technical difficulty joke

Chris Haulmark, who is deaf, is running for the Congress
as the Democratic candidate from The Third District in
Kansas. He is competing against three Democratic
candidates. In a town hall event he was giving an
interpreted speech. Suddenly the interpreter’s microphone
was not working. Chris, taking the hint, ad-libbed, saying:

if the crowd would learn sign language, they would no
longer have to worry about technical difficulties

A picture is at:


— deaf organizations opposing net neutrality

Americans are upset, especially the deaf community,
about the FCC rescinding net neutrality. How many
national deaf organizations have officially
opposed net neutrality, to the point of issuing
a Joint Statement? Nine separate deaf national
deaf organizations. Not on the list is AgBell.
Do not know why. Anyway, best bet is through
the courts since FCC will not listen to the


— deaf school closing impacts a Deaf Community

In recent years we’ve had a few deaf schools that
closed up for good. We read stories of mainstreaming
opportunities for these students. Good stories?
Bad stories? Well, when the Saskatchewan School
for the Deaf (Canada) closed up, these students
were forced into mainstreamed programs. As a
result, many of them did not know how to
communicate; developed poor language skills;
were afraid to learn how to use sign language;
lacked development of social skills. A tragedy
it is.



Latest deaf jobs – today’s update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Pharmacy, perfect for deaf

12/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 19, 2017


— deaf-owned business avoids Video Relay Service

Yesterday’s DeafDigest ran an article saying
that deaf in customer service jobs face a problem.
A deaf owner of a growing nationwide business
told DeafDigest said he avoids Video Relay Service,
saying it is too slow and would turn off hearing
customers! Instead he uses a private call
center, operated by hearing customer service
representatives. He said everyone loves this
state of art system! A picture is at:


— simple gestures

Many hearing people do not understand simple
gestures. It may also be possible that some
deaf people do not understand these same
simple gestures. A deaf person was carrying
a weapon – and the police officers said they
told him to drop it on the ground. The deaf
person did not respond, and the consequences
were tragic? Or was it possible that the
police officers used wrong gestures regarding
the weapon?


— court not knowing deaf person needed an interpreter

In Malaysia, a deaf man, accused of serious crimes,
was taken to the court. It was realized, in the court
room, that he was deaf. His court case was postponed
until they could find an interpreter for him. This
is puzzling. The police officers that arrested him
and put him into a holding cell being unaware of
his deafness??????



Latest deaf jobs – today’s update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— the 17th century hiring of the deaf

12/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at:


DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 18, 2017


— major movie chain kicks deaf out of a captioned movie

The Star Wars filming was captioned. Hearing people
complained. The manager then kicked out a group of
deaf viewers that wanted captions! It took place
in Brighton, Great Britain. The movie chain was
Odeon. The AMC (in USA) owns Odeon. The Odeon
web site said it supports the rights of the
disabled to have full movie access. A
picture is at:


— USA hates; Australia loves

We hate video remote interpreting services; we prefer
live one-on-one interpreting. Yet, deaf people in
Queensland, Australia are excited about video
remote interpreting in hospitals and medical
centers. Different nations; different attitudes;
different viewpoints!


— deaf in customer service jobs face a problem

There are deaf people in customer service jobs
(on-line chat). Hearing people use chat to
address their problems and issues and when
these are resolved, they are happy. It is
a different story if these hearing people
were aware that the customer service person
is deaf! They suddenly become uncomfortable.
This is what one survey revealed.



Latest deaf jobs – today’s update

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— SSDI facts

12/17/17 Blue and Gold editions at: