DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 18, 2018

— more on the deaf star in Forged in Fire

Norman “Buddy” Thomas was aired last week
in Forged in Fire. It was learned that
he is so busy with his knife making orders
from his customers that he is booked ahead
into seven months. And it is possible,
that by popular demand, he will be asked
to compete on the program at a future


— never enough training

Ashland (Oregon) Police Chief Tighe O’Meara
said that there is never enough training of
police officers on how to deal with the deaf.
Officers may be trained for many hours, for
many days, at many workshops – yet, it is
never enough. DeafDigest has always said
that a police officer may not meet a deaf
person for many years, and when he finally
does, then instant memory of these training
lessons may kick in – slowly!


— costly to discriminate against the deaf

Allure Rehabilitation Services, Cassena Care and
Centers for Specialty Care Group provide many
assisted living and specialized nursing
facilities in New York. These companies
have been accused of discriminationg against
the deaf, an accusation they deny. In a
federal lawsuit settlement, these companies
have been fined nearly $246.000. Never pays
to discriminate against the deaf.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 17, 2018

— a retired police officer recalls an incident

A retired police officer has recalled an incident
involving a deaf person. That deaf person was stopped
by the police, accused of public drunkedness. He
could not walk straight, but into circles late
at night. After some tests, the police officer realized
the deaf person was not drunk at all; he had Spinal
Meningitis which affected his balance at night.
And that he was lost in a strange town, trying to
find his way. The police then helped the deaf man
reach his destination.


— deaf person not allowed on Zip Line

There was a newspaper story about the
Apache Wind Rider Zip Tour in Ruidoso, NM.
A deaf man wanted to ride on the zip line
but the staff people would not allow him
because of his deafness. He is upset
about it and has asked the facility to
allow the deaf to ride these Zips.


— importance of music to the deaf and hard of hearing

How big is DPAN (Deaf Professional Arts Network)? It
is a non-profit organization that wishes to make music
accessible to the deaf and the hard of hearing. It
employs 25 deaf and hard of hearing people.



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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 14, 2018


— California text tax would give money to deaf programs

The FCC said no to California text tax plan. That plan
would have given money to the deaf telecommunications
program. Text tax good or bad? Hard to say.


— ouch, eight hours of tests

Researchers in Newfoundland (Canada) wanted to research
why there is deafness in some family trees that go back
to 17th and 18th centuries. That would require volunteer
families to undergo six to eight hours of various
hearing tests. But eight hours!


— emergency problems with deaf in Alaska

When a recent earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska,
the deaf community faced these problems – bad
TV emergency captions; interpreters cannot be
found; interpreters that do not sign in
a language that deaf Alaskans use. This
was the story in today’s newspaper.



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