2020/01/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 31, 2020

— deaf be visible or be invisible

Do deaf people want to be invisible or to be
visible? A supermarket, wishing to accommodate
deaf shoppers, has offered them special flags that
are attached to their shopping carts. That way,
when they need shopping assistance, help is
quickly on the way. DeafDigest suspects that many
deaf people prefer to stay invisible, and would
rather spend time looking for hard-to-find
products than to seek assistance!

 

— few words about the deaf

A deaf intern, with an agency that works with the
deaf and the disabled, was shocked. He read the
mission statement and agency reports. Very little
was mentioned about the deaf, whereas much attention
was focused on people of other disabiilities.
Politics among the disabled? Do not know – but
that intern vows to change things.

 

— Vermont tech wants to help the deaf-blind

Accessible Web, a tech company in Vermont, wants
to help the deaf-blind to use the web. The problem
is money and lots of it. For a just a basic web
site for the deaf-blind, cost is few thousand
dollars. But for a much better web site that will
do more for the deaf-blind, it will cost $10,000!
DeafDigest disappointed about the cost? Yes.

 

 

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2020/01/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 30, 2020

— 140 miles each day to attend classes

What good is a mainstreamed program if the daily
commute totals 140 miles each school day?
A deaf student that lives in Muleshoe, Texas
(5,000 population) has to commute to a mainstreamed
program in Lubbock, Texas, which is 70 miles away!

 

— an unfair deaf survey for the deaf

A deaf mental-health group, wanting to know more about
the needs of their deaf patients, sent out a survey.
At the bottom of the survey, it said it must be answered
ont paper, and not through sign language videos!
An unfair survey run by a deaf group that wants to help
the deaf but not helping the deaf at all!

 

— deaf attorneys working with hearing attorneys

We have a good number of deaf attorneys that work
with hearing attorneys. Are these deaf attorneys
happy at work? Many have said they were bullied
and treated poorly by their hearing peers. This
may be the reason why a number of deaf attorneys
leave the legal profession for other professinal
opportunities!

 

 

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2020/01/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 29, 2020

— important thing with a deaf-blind dog

Filbert, who is a deaf-blind puppy, will be
one of the Super Bowl Day TV participants.
The Filbert’s trainer said that while the
puppy loves to play, as all puppies do,
the important thing is that he depends
on smell and touch. This means no moving
around of his toys on the floor – just leave
toys as is!

 

— 35 mile drive to watch an open captioned movie

A deaf person that loves to watch movies, complained
that for one open captioned movie, he had to drive
to a theater 35 miles away from his home. None of the
theaters in his hometown advertised the movie as
opened captioned whereas the distant theater did.
What about captioning glasses? No way, he said.

 

— must use telephone to appeal a parking ticket

Discrimination? Yes, in the case of a deaf person
that parked his car on a street while shopping.
His shopping took too long and when he came back,
his parking ticket was inserted in the car
windshield. He wanted to appeal the parking
ticket but was turned down for one reason –
he had to use the voice telephone, and for
him, it was impossible!

 

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2020/01/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 28, 2020

— ballot question, easy or hard to read

Maryland State Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan has introduced
a bill to require language in a ballot question to
be on the 5th grade, not on the 6th grade level.
This bill was in reference to trying to help the
deaf understand these ballot questions. Interestingly
enough, one legislator said that for some hearing
with college education, some of these questions
are hard to read!

 

— a fact with a doctor or a joke?

There is a book, based on a true story – The Open Heart Club
by Gabriel Brownstein, who is not deaf. It is about the early
days of open heart surgery, an operation considered dangerous
and risky at that time. In one part of the book, it said:

a deaf, dyslexic pediatrician who listened to kids’ heartbeats
with her fingertips

A fact or a joke? The author said it is not a joke!

 

— bank says it is the first to serve the deaf

A deaf bank? JPMorgan Chase says it is, opening
a branch not too far from the Gallaudet campus.
Just hope it all works out. Deaf people that live
in the suburbs (Maryland and Virginia) likely
will not drive all the way just to bank at the
“deaf” bank – because there are many, many
JPMorgan Chase branches everywhere. And besides
DeafDigest has seen big improvements in
customer service when dealing with questions
and issues from the deaf. If JPMorgan Chase
will reach out to Gallaudet graduates and
offer them jobs at their branches, great!

 

 

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2020/01/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 27, 2020

— ADA lawsuit has hurt the deaf

Crema Coffee, San Jose, CA, has shut down – thanks
to a ADA lawsuit. It was not a deaf-related lawsuit,
but it has hurt the deaf. The owner employed deaf
students from the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s
post-secondary program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The person who filed the lawsuit has filed many other
ADA lawsuits everywhere – in other words, a serial
filer of lawsuits.

 

— New York says hotline 311 is useless

Hotline 311 is considered non-emergency calls, and while
it is supposed to be accessible to the deaf, New York
City councilmember Fernando Cabrera said it is useless.
311 involves too many parts – TTY, 711 relay and the
video relay – all of which is not handled by the 311
operators. For some calls, the wait can be 45 minutes
long. It was a story in today’s newspaper.

 

— stock market selling shares in Deaf Coffee?

Any deaf-owned, deaf-run businesses selling shares
in a stock market? Not in major stock markets in USA
and in other bigger nations. But – in Jamaica?
Business leaders in Jamaica are pushing for their
own stock market to encourage their small businesses
to join in and help with the national economical
growth. Deaf Coffee? In a press release, one leader
said – include the deaf people in the coffee industry!

 

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