2018/01/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 31, 2018

— a comment by a deaf advocate in newspaper interview

A newspaper reporter was interviewing a deaf advocate.
The first question was:

What would you like the hearing to understand about being deaf?

The immediate response was this:
First and foremost, deaf people can do anything but hear. We are
truck drivers, doctors, dentists, lawyers, teachers, businesses
owners, scientists, counselors – the list goes on.

This deaf advocate is correct. A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-people-and-these-jobs/

 

— finally in Florida

Twice in recent months the Deaf Community of
Florida was burned by the appearance of fake
interpreters at public events. Fed up, the state
legislators have passed a bill, awaiting
signature of the governoer to require that only
certified ASL interpreters can do the job at
public events.

 

— busy being a deaf celebrity and as deaf public servant

Not too many celebrities also serve as public
servants. Deaf Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) is busy
making public appearances at events. But
when he is home in Santa Monica, CA, he
has another job – as deputy sheriff with the
San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s office. When
people ask him about his past Incredible Hulk
TV roles, he does not get tired of it!

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— the deaf and the “easier to get” jobs
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

01/28/18 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2018/01/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 30, 2018

— nation’s #1 ASL interpreter

The nation’s #1 ASL interpreter is Julie Mertz.
Her job title is FIUS, which spelled out in full
is First Interpreter of the United States. This
means she is the President’s ASL interpreter.
Glamorous job in a glamorous setting? Well,
she said:

The White House is not necessarily your typical
job, as I sometimes work long hours, sometimes
hours change at the last minute and my
family has been extremely supportive of me!

She has interpreted for Obama and the current
President.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/first-interpreter-of-the-united-states/

 

— Deaf in First Dates TV program

The First Dates TV program is popular in the United
Kingdom. For the first time in program history,
a segment will involve a deaf man. There are many
reality TV programs in USA – but deaf participants?
Why not!

 

– deaf tourists without interpreters

At the New York Times Travel Show that took place
last week, there was a discussion about giving
accommodations, meaning interpreters, for deaf
tourists. Two comments stood out:

#1 comment
tour guides either refused to provide interpreters or wanted to
charge deaf tourists additional fees for interpreting services

#2 comment
there has no great demand for services for deaf travelers

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— open captioned movies difficulties
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

01/28/18 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A COUNSELOR WITH DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CLIENTS?
more information at:
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2018/01/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 29, 2018

— impossible scene by a deaf actress

Shoshannah Stern, who is deaf, has a number of acting
roles in movies and TV. During one scene she had to
float on her back in the pool with her eyes closed.
Everyone knew she was deaf – but when the director
shouted “action” she was the last to know about it!
If her eyes were open she could tell when the
director asked for action, but it was impossible
with her eyes closed. It took a lot of time to make
compromises with the scene which involved the director,
the interpreter, the camera man, fellow actors
and Shoshonnah. It finally worked. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/asl-deaf-actress-shoshonnah-stern/

 

— university worries about web accessibility

George Washington University said four university
departments are involved in a task force to make
sure their web sites are accessible. The reason
why 100 percent accessibility is difficult, if
not impossible is because technology is always
being updated and web content changing all the
time. It affects tab navigation, video captioning
and photo captions. Some changes are easy to
update; other changes take a lot of time to fix.

 

— toughest job in serving the deaf

What is the toughest job serving the deaf?
Many may think teaching the deaf in a classroom
is a tough job – but some said captioners have
the toughest job! Captioners don’t like to
make mistakes and it puts a lot of pressure
on them to try to be perfect all the time.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a deaf bill amended too many times!
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

01/28/18 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

DeafDigest Gold – January 28, 2018

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In Missouri, a new agency – DeafLEAD – has
been formed to help deaf victims of crime.
The Zambian government has been urged to approve
sign language as the nation’s 8th official
language.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island
and the Rhode Island Disability Law Center are both
saying that the local police departments do not
really comply with the ADA regulations when
dealing with the deaf.
Deaf people have this accommodation in some railway
systems – digital display readouts in railroad
cars, but not yet that so in Singapore. This
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LOSING PATIENCE WITH PENMANSHIP
    Penmanship means perfect handwriting. And for some hearing
people using penmanship, these deaf people lose patience.
    There are some hearing people that take as much as five
minutes to write a short sentence because of slow and
careful penmanship.
    It is not easy for a restless deaf person to stand and
wait for five minutes while the hearing person struggles
with writing a note.
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BE CAREFUL OF A SHOULDER TAP
    Deaf people are always tapping other deaf people
on their shoulders to call attention.
    The law says that if someone touches another person,
it is assault and battery.
    It is not a problem when a deaf person is touched
because knows that he cannot hear and is being asked
to pay attention.
    But if a deaf person accidentally taps a hearing
person on the shoulder, it may be a different story.
    A deaf person in the postal service was twice
fired for touching a hearing person on the shoulder.
The hearing person complained and the deaf person was
fired. The union got the job back for the deaf person,
but again he was fired for the same reason.
    So, touching a deaf person is different from
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Technology is advancing quickly.  Many developments have happened using
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Are there some possible accessible solutions for individuals who are
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There are a few technologies that are accessible for Braille users via
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Here are some possible solutions for home:
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–      Thermostat controls handling your heating and AC via smartphones.
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2018/01/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 26, 2018

— headphone but no ASL

It is shocking. The Cleveland City council turned down
a deaf man’s request for an interpreter during council
meetings. They felt this deaf person “can” hear well
enough with headphones and had no need for ASL
interpreter! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/headphone-but-no-asl/

 

— critic says deaf characters impossible to dress up

A comic book critic said that deaf characters are
impossible to dress up to make them look deaf.
He was referring to Man-Bat, a Batman villain,
a bat zoologist looking for a bat sonar that would
cure his deafness. Impossible to dress up?
What about hearing aids? What about CI’s?

 

— four Wisconsin cities stop TV proceedings

These cities in Wisconsin – Appleton, Neenah, Menasha
and Fox Crossing are no longer televising its
council proceedings. Same story – these proceedings
have not been captioned. Will they caption and
then put back these proceedings on TV in the near
future? Hope so.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs – today’s update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— artist fame for nothing
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

01/21/18 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/