2018/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 25, 2018

 

— a deaf woman with a big dream

Julia Velasquez, who is deaf, has a big dream.
She wants to be the first deaf astronaut.
To accomplish this dream, she has interned at
NASA, earned her private pilot’s license and
and lived in a simulated Mars habitat. Keep
in mind a group of deaf people went through
the NASA zero gravity tests during the late
fifties and early sixties and was said to
perform better than hearing people! A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-astronaut-to-be/

 

 

— rapid transit (subway) accessibility chief’s goal

Alex Elegudin, not deaf, but disabled, is the new
new accessibility chief of the New York City
subway and bus system. He has a goal – to help
the deaf and the disabled with their accessibility
needs. For the deaf, it means visual displays
everywhere with warnings and announcements of
schedules and changes. He was interviewed in
a newspaper story. Not sure if other city
rapid transit systems have their own accessibility
chiefs?

 

— perfect communication with horses

The Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center takes
care of disabled and abused horses. Joseph Lockwood,
who is deaf, is the best at the center when it
comes to communicating with the horses. He uses
body language, gestures and soft voices that
these horses appreciate.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

— deaf optometrist
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/22/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/07/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 24, 2018

 

— an interpreter confession

An interpreter said that many interpreters
do not understand sign language that their
deaf clients use. They get away with it by
saying things that the deaf never made.
When that happens, the deaf do not know that
their words have been misinterpreted!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/train-go-sorry/

 

 

— computer hacker tries to help the deaf

DeafDigest was worried that sign language Alexa may
not understand the some signs the deaf use. It was
learned that the sign language Alexa was created
by a computer hacker that inserts sign language
into that device. The hacker uses camera that
copies deaf signs and deaf gestures and
programs these into Alexa. If the hacker copies
wrong signs it may be useless to the deaf!

 

 

— do not always depend on handwritten notes

A deaf person, with good lipreading skills,
learned his lesson – do not always depend
on handwritten notes. He was setting up
an appointment; the receptionist asked him
“Is Friday good for you?” and he said
yes. The handwritten notes showed a
Wednesday appointment. If he didn’t
catch “Friday” via lipreading he would
have thought Wednesday was the appointment
day. Luckily he had it straightened out.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— snap physician decisions
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/22/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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2018/07/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 23, 2018

— a bad newspaper headline

Newspapers ran this headline:

Starbucks Is Opening A Signing Store Specifically For
Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

This was in reference to Starbucks opening up near
Gallaudet in Washington, DC, and hiring an all-ASL
staff. It is a bad, bad newspaper headline for it
says “specifically” for the deaf and hard of
hearing, meaning hearing people are not allowed?
Of course, hearing people are allowed.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/bad-newspaper-headline/

 

— expensive for ADA defendants

It is pretty much expensive in legal fees for ADA lawsuit
defendants. One recent ADA case, that the deaf won, cost
the stubborn hearing defendant over $100,000 in
legal fees! This is separate from payment for damages.

 

— being nosey but not understanding

A hearing person said:

I love watching people sign to one another in
the subways. Their signs are very fast with
a lot of facial expressions. I then realized
many deaf people have strong feelings
about ASL.

Is that hearing person nosey without
deaf people knowing it? Again there are
many nosey hearing people that listen to
hearing conversations!

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Capital Hill deafness resource person
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/22/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

— opportunities for deaf writer, content editor and
international signs signer

go to:
http://deafdigest.net/category/jobs/

and scroll down until you see
Opportunities at H3 World TV

 

2018/07/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 20, 2018

 

— The Alexa and the deaf

Hearing people love using Alexa. The Alexa people are
saying it will work with the deaf. Here are two
headlines in today’s different press releases
that contradict each other:

bad headline
Why some accents don’t work on Alexa

good headline
Alexa can now have a conversation with members of the deaf community

If Alexa is supposed to read sign language; there are many
different signs for one word. As an example there are as
many half dozen signs for the word “football” and no
way Alexa would know them all! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/alexa-and-the-deaf/

 

— different location for a deaf social club

Deaf social clubs are dying. Deaf people to to
Starbucks on a weekly basis, and it has become
their own Deaf Social Club. Here is another
different location – the Edgewater Branch
of the Chicago Public Library system.
Deaf people meet there on a regular basis
to play games and to socialize with each other.

 

— giving back to the Deaf Community

Do we have famous deaf people that give back to
the Deaf Community? Marlee Matlin does. She
gives back to deaf charities a portion of
her merchandise and apparel sales.

 

 

Deaf jobs – latest update
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Deaf Community, redlining
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

07/15/18 Blue and Gold editions & sub options at:
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