DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 13, 2018


— a cruel Costco manager

A Costco manager just did not want to supervise
a deaf employee, deciding to give that employee
hard time. He would mumble, making lipreading
impossible; he would also cover his mouth
again. When the employee asked for an interpreter,
he said no. When the employee asked to write
notes, he refused. The biggest mystery is
that the Costco headquarters knew about that
manager but said “hands off”

A picture is at:


— closed captions best for hearing people

many hearing people hate closed captions.
A web graphics consultant said closed captions
are the best for hearing people – because sometimes
the person’s moth moves but really says nothing.
Hearing people hear nothing, but for the deaf,
closed captions show up from that quiet moving
hearing mouth! Hard to believe.


— trucking company says no to deaf with commercial license

Werner Enterprises Inc, a trucking company in Omaha,
would not hire a deaf truck driver, tellng him the
company just does not hire deaf people. The
U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the
trucking company.



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— deaf postmaster in a post office

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 12, 2018


— not just Neflix is guilty

when captioned words are left out, people blame
Netflix. People forget that Amazon, Hulu, Vue,
Sling Orange, Crackle, Twitch, Vevo and other
streaming providers also leave out certain
words. Netflix is the biggest one and so
easy to get these blames. A picture is at:


— many do not sign up for the State notification system

During emergencies (fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods,
etc) the first responders look at the notification
system to know which victims are deaf, as well as with
those of other disabilities. Does it always work?
In one apartment unit, everyone knows that one
resident is deaf, yet during emergencies, the
first responders are the last to know about it!


— told deaf cannot become doctors

There are some deaf students interested in
becoming doctors. Almost all of them are
told they cannot become doctors because of
their deafness. And many of them would
not listen to doubts and eventually
enroll at medical schools, pass their
medical board exams and become doctors.
One deaf woman Jiang Mengnan wanted to
become a doctor but gave up after so
much resistance. Instead she switched
to pharmacy and is now studying for her
doctorate in pharmacology. It is not
in USA but in China.


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— unpleasant incident at an oral deaf school

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 11, 2018


— these useless 911 texts

There was a story that if deaf people live in the
mountains, then some of their 911 texts may be
useless. This is a problem during emergencies.
For some reason these high tech innovations do
not always work in the mountains. A picture is at:


— always unpredictable reactions from hearing people

When a deaf person informs a hearing person of his
deafness, then the reaction is always unpredictable.
Some will run away; some will freeze up, unable to
respond; some will show nervousness, in case of
one bar tender, dropping the glass and spilling
the bottle to the floor. Most would nod and try to
deal with the deaf person, but for some others,
their reactions are bizarre.


— the luck of the volunteer fireman

Sean Kearney, not deaf, is a volunteer firefighter
in Southington, Connecticut. He and his crew were
responding to an automobile accident. One of
those hurt in the accident was a deaf woman.
Kearney suddenly used his ASL to communicate
with her and was able to explain her injuries
with the hospital staff. Kearney knew sign
language because his brother was deaf!


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— the NASA and the CI

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— Check out the new post about how trauma can change you
on HealthBridges

HealthBridges is a website to learn about behavioral health
and social service resources for Deaf, DeafBlind and
Hard of Hearing People

Happy Summer 🙂
The HealthBridges Team



DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 9, 2018

— Supreme Court nominee and the deaf

Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to become the
Supreme Court nominee. He has one connection
to the deaf, but it is not a happy one. In
2008, he ruled against a deaf man who filed
a job discriminatioh lawsuit in the District
of Columbia. A picture is at:


— fired for yelling at boss

A deaf person was fired for yelling at the
boss, only that it was not yelling. It is
common knowledge that deaf people speak
louder than hearing people. Deaf people
can’t hear and therefore cannot control
the volume of their voices – even if it
was just a notch above normal voice volume.
Hearing bosses do not know it unless
they went through a deaf awareness training


— Frontier Airlines says no to interpreter request

A deaf couple booked a flight on Frontier Airlines,
wanting to celebrate their grandson’s first
birthday. Their flight was canceled and
the Frontier people would not tell them why
nor help them find another flight. Their
request for an interpreter was refused.
It was learned that Frontier Airlines did
not know of the availability of an on-call
interpreter at the airport plus availability
of a video relay service. Frontier said
the deaf couple did not identify themselves
as deaf (in other words – too bad!)


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— ticket sellers are deaf

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— Opportunity for interested football coaches

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 9, 2018

— the Brainiest Deaf team

Who is the Brainiest Deaf team? In the 2018
College Bowl that took place in Hartford, CT,
some of the participating teams were Gallaudet,
NTID, CSUN. Gallaudet won just by one point,
capturing first championship since 2010. A
picture is at:


— Starbucks training session not perfect

Starbucks just fired one of their employees for
mocking a hearing person that has a problem
with stuttering. DeafDigest is afraid that
some day a Starbucks employee would mock
a poor-speech deaf person. What is the
point of having an all-afternoon training
session if some hearing employees just won’t
show respect?


— Silicon Valley not hiring enough deaf geniuses

There was a story in a high-tech magazine about
Silicon Valley not hiring enough deaf geniuses.
It mentioned one genius – Vint Cerf, whose deafness
may be the reason for inventing the internet.
We have another deaf genius – Ken Harrenstein,
but the story didn’t mention him.



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— suspected deaf bank robber

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