2017/10/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 18, 2017

 

— hearing people don’t need ASL to communicate with deaf

Hearing people don’t have to use ASL to communicate
with the deaf? This is what a deaf services center
advocate said. There are ways – use gestures, use
body language, don’t show anger in face, use notepad
and pen, don’t force lipreading if it is impossible,
using interpreter, using video relay service, etc.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/communicating-without-asl/

 

— 80 lawsuits this past summer

The EEOC more than 80 lawsuits this summer only.
Half of these lawsuits were ADA violations.
A high EEOC priority with these ADA-related
lawsuits is lack of accommodations for the deaf.

 

— interesting comment by a deaf actor

Deaf actor Russell Harvard made an interesting
comment. He said:

says any play can be done in American Sign Language

While plays by National Theatre of the Deaf and
the Deaf West are shown in sign language, it
basically is not American Sign Language.
Many deaf patrons have been complaining for years
that theatrical sign languages are difficult
to follow!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— interpreting issues, horror stories
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/10/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 17, 2017

 

— deaf congressional candidate fundraising

Chris Haulmark, who is deaf, is running for Congress,
as a Democrat from Olathe, Kansas. He is opposing
five other hearing Democratic candidates for the
right to face the Republican congressional incumbent.
Fundraising? One Democrat candidate raised $374,000.
Two other Democrat candidates said they already
raised six digits but won’t say exactly how much.
The Republican candidate said he raised $1,400.000.
What about Haulmark and the two other Democratic
candidates. The newspaper story did not mention
the amounts they have raised, if they did.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/campaign-fund-raising/

 

— another deaf community ignored

Deaf people have been complaining that when hurricanes
and other disasters strike their areas, emergency
warning services ignore them (bad interpreting,
no captions, etc). Well, there is another one –
Storm Ophelia is hitting Ireland. And the
Irish emergency services have not provided
interpreters for the deaf.

 

— the deaf and the airport in need of repairs

There was a story about the Kansas City International
Airport seriously in need of repairs. A deaf advocate
said the airport is lacking closed captions, flashing
lights arrival/depature screens for flight updates.
He also said many deaf people use the airport
for their transportation needs.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— worst cruise ships for deaf vacationers
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/10/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 16, 2017

 

— video relay service or bank branch office rep

You are deaf and your efforts to reach the bank
headquarters via video relay service have been
hung up on. They may think you are an overseas
scammer. A solution would be to visit the
branch office of your bank and sit down
with their customer service representative.
In many cases it works much better than
continuing efforts to use the video relay
service! An important thing is to be
fully prepared – your ID, your iPhone,
your computer printouts, your banking
documents, your passwords,etc, etc.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/branch-office/

 

— unsure of the “wow” newspaper story

A newspaper ran this headline –

Deaf man works for mobile delivery service,
defies the odds

Defying the odds! Not sure why? We
have many deaf pizza delivery drivers.
Delivering pizzas is the same as
delivering take-out food. Hearing patrons
are always hungry and they’re happy when
deaf delivery people arrive on time!
And tips can always be great.

 

— a deaf hero honored by a police department

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned deaf British
hero – Ian Lawrence. He is a professional
photographer who happened to be at the
right place at the right time, and took
pictures of the motorcycle gang that
stole people’s iPhones while they were
on the sidewalks in London. His pictures
were posted in media. Tips poured in and
it resulted in arrests of three teenaged
thiefs. They were just sentenced to
more than 18 years in prison. They stole
over 100 iPhones in a two week spree.
Anyway he was publicly praised by the
police department in a recent ceremony.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf woman changed contract bridge rules
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/15/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

 

paying-for-workshop-ASL-interpreters

A deaf person had to attend a workshop as part of his job
training. The issue was – who should pay for the interpreter?
Should the employer pay for it or should the workshop host
pay for it.
The deaf person came up with an idea. He made a suggestion
that he attend the workshop free. And in turn the fee that would
have normally paid for the workshop would go to the interpreters.
The workshop host liked the suggestion, and everyone was
happy about it.

deafness-issues-newspaper-pullout-section

   In USA many newspapers have special pullout sections. These pullouts are all about special issues like religion, country, political party, health, food, travel, the football Super Bowl, etc.    Deafness issues in a paid pullout section? Never saw one in American newspapers. But in Great Britain, there were a couple of deafness-related pullout sections in the past.    Wish we had one in USA – that would fairly cover deafness from A to Z without showing bias.

2017/10/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 13, 2017

 

— Coda asks who pays

Doris Roberts, a Coda, owns a company that hires deaf and
disabled inviduals. She made a comment:

I am very familiar with ADA. I’m also familiar with people
saying we’re adopting this and we do all this work but
there’s no funding that goes with it

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/who-pays/

 

— red, green & blue lights

Teams of researchers at Hyundai have been working on
ideas to help deaf drivers. One such suggestion
are these three colors – red, green and blue lights.
Red is to warn of fire trucks, green to warn of
ambulances and blue for police cars and honking
drivers. These colors would be inside the dashboard.
Why not just one light instead of three different
lights? Some drivers may have hard time memorizing
which color stands for which situation!

 

— instructor, camera, interpreter, iPad

Fernando Ramirez-Savon, a deaf resident of
New Mexico, always wanted to be a truck driver.
For years he was frustrated until the Department
of Transportation finally allowed the deaf to
become truck drivers. He went to a truck
driving school. The school instructors
and the interpreters came up with a
communication system. The instructor would
sit in the passenger’s seat. A camera
would face the interpreter sitting in
the back seat. The iPad would be mounted
on top of dashboard. Everyone was happy
with it. And this deaf student already
has a truck driving job lined up.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— world’s most famous deaf musician
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/10/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 12, 2017

 

— Halloween is coming up

Halloween is coming up. Hush, a Netflix movie
produced last year, was mentioned by a film
critic as one of the best “overlooked” horror
movies in history. Overlooked because it was
not shown on big screen nor mentioned for any
of the Academy awards. Anyway the lead deaf
character in that movie was played by a
hearing actress. Why? The director said
he looked everywhere for a deaf actress
and couldn’t find any. Hint – Marlee Matlin,
Shoshonnah Stern and others!

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/best-deaf-horror-movie/

 

— using magnet to fish junk out of rivers

 

A father and son team makes a living fishing junk out
of rivers (and lakes) with magnets. One day they
pulled out a hearing aid. This is a mystery; did
the hearing aid slip out from a deaf person’s ear
into the waters? Or was the deaf person angry
and threw away his hearing aid? These devices
are pretty much expensive.

 

— online petitions about deaf issues

From time to time, when there is a hot deaf issue
that gets a group of people angry, they post up
an online petition asking for signatures. A
critic said it is useless for one reason –
proof of residency! There often is no way
of knowing if these deaf names are local
or out of town.

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— interpreters refused for non-americans
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/

2017/10/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – October 11, 2017

 

— Apple patents a Deaf Device

Apple won a patent for a Deaf Device yesterday.
It is for Apple Watch band. If there is a
noise or a sound (ie siren or a door knock,
then the band will squeeze your wrist.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/apple-deaf-device/

 

— the CFO of world’s most powerful magazine

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned that Toby
Burton, a deaf man, is the Chief Financial
Officer with The Economist. This magazine
is widely read by professionals in the
financial and business sectors. He said,
in a recent interview, that as long as
he has interpreters with him, he is
able to communicate with anyone. He
also added that getting face to face
interpreters can be a problem because
of changing schedules and last minute
meetings. If that happens, he relies
on video relay interpreters.

 

— eyes of a deaf construction engineer

A construction engineer is deaf. He said his eyes
help him notice building and engineering
defects that other engineers and other
construction supervisors overlook!

 

Latest deaf jobs
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf devices, all burnt out
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

10/08/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

— Deaf Job of the Day (each day new job announcement)
http://deafdigest.com/deaf-job-of-the-day/