2019/12/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 13, 2019

— 250-year old rock star

Beethoven is now being celebrated in Germany,
saying he is a 250-year old rock star. Beethoven
created the world’s best music – after he became
deaf.

 

— bragging as the only video-friendly for deaf

KUDO is a New York start-up high tech company.
It distributed a press release, saying it is the “only”
video conferencing platform for the deaf. Only?
Just almost every week, there is always a press release
about high tech companies being deaf-friendly.
What is going on?

 

— greaf deaf actor many don’t know about

Who is Troy Kotsur? He is deaf and is an actor.
Not too much known about him – but he has acting
credits with The Number 23, Criminal Minds,
CSI: NY, Scrubs and now this – as the sign language
actor in the Mandalorian ‚ÄúChapter 5: The Gunslinger”.

 

 

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2019/12/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 12, 2019

— See (Apple web TV series), including or not including the deaf

See is a Sci-Fi web TV series produced by Apple and shown
on Apple TV+. Apple said diversity is shown on that TV
series, but seems not too many deaf people are in it, except
for those in the background non-speaking, non-important roles.
Why not use the deaf in primary roles?

 

— Tacoma 100 percent captions

Tacoma, a major city in Washington, now requires
captions on TV sets shown in bars, restaurants and
other public facilities. Those that refuse to turn
on captions will be fined by the city. The city
council agreed on these rules just recently.
Next big city – which?

 

— many restaurants breaking or not breaking ADA rules

Many restaurants make their web sites deaf-friendly,
and therefore not breaking ADA rules? Yes, but in other
ways, waiters at these restaurants do not explain what
today’s specials are, not explaining which dishes are
spicy or not spicy, not asking if meat are to be rare
or medium or well done not even worse, not telling the
deaf that the dish they want are not available!

 

 

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2019/12/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 11, 2019

— soft signer or fast signer

An ASL teacher said there are two ways of signing –
signing softly and gently or signing fast and furious.
Everyone signs differently!

 

— serious issues with contractors

There are contractors that work with the deaf –
ASL instructors, interpreters, sub teachers, etc.
In some states, there are laws regarding contractors.
Right now in New Jersey, there is a fierce discussion
on what to do with contractors (in all fields,
including the deaf). Are they subject to orders
from employers or are they independent? And
also about paying these employment taxes, among
other issues.

 

— operating the lottery

In some states, lottery earnings provide funds for
deaf programs. This has been going on for years.
But do deaf services run the lottery? In Australia,
the main lottery operator Jumbo Interactive has
contracted with Deaf Services, an agency that
works with the deaf. It is supposed to monitor
lottery sales. Not exactly sure how it works,
though.

 

 

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2019/12/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 10, 2019

— video on interpreter program student not captioned

DeafDigest editor was watching a Lifetime cable TV
movie last night. During the commercial, there was a video
about an interpreting program student explaining her goals
and ambitions. That short commercial was not captioned!
A cruel irony? Yes. The hashmark on that commercial was
# see hear. The Lifetime movies, however, are always
captioned.

 

— just ask the deaf

An advocate said:

How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them!

That advocate is correct. Hearing people should never decide
what is best for the deaf without asking the deaf first. For
some reason, they just don’t ask the deaf!

 

— deaf characters in The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead came up with its midseason
final episode. Involved were Connie and Kelly,
both deaf (but functioning as hearing) facing
problems and issues during the episode.
Will have to wait until February 2020 to see
what happens!

 

 

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2019/12/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – December 9, 2019

— early-born hearing screening test is not always perfect

There was an article in the web site hosted by the
Infectious Diseases in Children. It said that failed
screens do not always show that the baby is deaf,
and even worse, babies that “pass” these tests
may still have hearing loss. The grandchild of
DeafDigest editor went through two or three
hearing tests just to make sure he is hearing!

 

— hearing actor listening to the deaf

Ryan Reynolds, not deaf, is an actor/model.
He was in a Peloton video that went viral.
A deaf woman was disappointed that the video
had no captions. Using the social media
she made contact with him – telling him that
his videos must be captioned. Just almost
immediately, it was captioned. Just like
that. Just that easy. Many hearing actors
do not, however, listen to the deaf! But
Reynolds did.

 

— a video showing a bullied deaf student

A group of high school students bullied a deaf student.
What they did not know was that the video went viral.
The school district, which does not tolerate bullying
is looking into this issue in order to decide on
the punishment of these hearing students.

 

 

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