2017/08/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 23, 2017

— a way to avoid stadium scoreboard captions

University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium will be
providing captions – not on scoreboard but through
tweets. Good or bad? Two words is the key –
pilot program! What if the deaf fan does
not have a iPhone? What if the deaf fan’s iPhone
is low on battery? What if the deaf fan misses
action on the field (touchdown run or pass
interception, etc) because his eyes are focused
on these tweets? And “pilot program” is just
an experiment – it may continue or may not
continue! A picture is at: 

http://deafdigest.com/tweet-captions/

 

— Walmart doing something bad for deaf

Walmart is planning voice-activated shopping.
In an announcement Walmart did not say a
single word on how the deaf people would be
accommodated! So, is voice-activated
shopping discriminatory for the deaf?

 

— deaf jewelry valued at $8,000

Saeeda Etebari, a young deaf woman, who is
an apprentice jewelry maker, was given gold
and emeralds by her boss and told to make
a necklance out of it. She completed the job
in two months. A professional appraiser had
the necklace appraised at $8,000. Everyone
was surprised by the high appraisal.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— sod grass farm, deaf owner
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/20/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 22, 2017

 

— deaf not allowed to watch the eclipse

A deaf school warned all of its students not to
look at the eclipse. School was afraid deaf students
would lose vision by watching the eclipse directly.
No, it didn’t happen yesterday, but in the 1979
eclipse, by the Washington School for the Deaf!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/eclipse-and-deaf-vision/

 

— percentage of new deaf students at RIT

At RIT, which also includes attending NTID,
the percentage of new deaf and hard of hearing
students is 8.5 percent. In actual numbers,
approximately 235 of them.

 

— comparing deaf captions with blind audio description

The deaf need captions. The blind need audio description.
Which is more expensive? According to a newspaper
story, audio description is more expensive. This is
surprising!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf lieutentant, World War II
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/20/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 21, 2017

 

— biggest regret by a hearing actor

Richard Dreyfuss, not deaf, played a high school music
teacher and father of a deaf son in the movie –
Mr Holland’s Opus. This movie is considered to be
one of the best deaf-related movies ever filmed
in Hollywood. Dreyfuss wanted to learn ASL to be
able to communicate with the deaf character in
the movie. He said that his “movie wife”
learned ASL while he couldn’t even when he tried
hard. Not too many hearing actors would make this
kind of admission but Dreyfuss did. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-baby-in-famous-movie/

 

— deaf Alaskans from remote villages

Alaska is twice larger than Texas but with lowest population
among these 50 states. What about the deaf? In Revillagigedo Island,
eleven residents are deaf. In Prince of Wales Island, six
residents are deaf. And in the village of Metlakatla,
just one.

 

— 10 years and 200 applications

Julia Gilchrist, who is deaf, does not know the
word “give up.” It took her ten years, with
200 job applications before finally landing
a full time job. She had many short-term contract
jobs, but was let go when these contracts expired.
She said these employers were supportive and
wanted to hire a deaf person, but just didn’t.
In her present job she is responsible for
the inter-company communications network.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— airport ticket counter confusion
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/20/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 18, 2017

— a future interpreter without facial expressions

A team from the University of Antwerp (the
Netherlands) is coming up with a 3D-robot
arm that they say, can function as a
sign language interpreter. Really? Deaf
people depend on interpreters’ facial
expressions and body language, along with
sign language, to follow the hearing
conversation. Can a robot show facial
expressions and body language? A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/future-interpreter-without-facial-expressions/

 

— biggest fear among employers

All employers are afraid of the ADA. There
are two big issues they constantly face:

what if you don’t hire the deaf employee because
he is not qualified? Should I hire him just to
avoid an annoying lawsuit?

what if you don’t hire the deaf person,
who manages to fake his hearing skills,
but would not admit his hearing loss?
Should I hire him just to avoid an annoying
lawsuit?

This is the reason why attorneys, on both
sides of the fence, get rich!

 

— a trick by a deaf physician

there is a deaf physician that functions
as a hearing person with help of his hearing
aid. He has stiff competition from other doctors
that have practices near his own medical
practice. His trick:

To take a lot of time with each patient,
making sure to communicate with him and
to make sure his medical questions are
answered.

Result? He said he has millions of dollars
in his banking account!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— surprise board member
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 17, 2017

 

— best deaf Jack of All Trades

Is Titos Ubisi, who is deaf, the world’s best
Jack of All Trades? In a newspaper story it
said he can do anything with his hands –
shoe-repairer, house builder, welder,
carpenter, paper signs designer, house
painter, T-shirt maker and artist. Plus
few more. He is from a small town in South
Africa. His skills making him a rich man?
No, he said he makes a decent living. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/best-deaf-jack-of-all-trades/

 

— Silicon Valley company plans a deaf-brain chip

Paradromics, a Silicon Valley start-up, is
working on a new chip, to be implanted in
the brain of a deaf person. No, it is not
a CI. The scientists feel the chip will help
make a deaf person a hearing person! Will it
work? They said this chip can read nerve
signals and replace the defective senses.

 

— very angry White House and a deaf celebrity

The very angry White House gang (the President,
Ivanka, Eric, Donald Jr) have unfollowed the
tweets – of Marlee Matlin! Maybe the gang is
afraid of her, for she is going to perform
in a FBI drama show in TV (Quantico). And
it is the FBI that the White House have
been fighting with!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf opportunities at Wal-mart
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/08/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 16, 2017

 

— Chinese genetics

In the world of genetics, there are two ways when scientists
deal with genes. One is to create a deafness gene;
the other way is to create a gene where deafness would be
wiped out. In China, they want to wipe out the deafness
gene so that all babies would be born hearing. This story
was written up today in the International Weekly Journal
of Science. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/gene-lab-in-china/

 

— One of Basketball Wives LA daughters is deaf

Basketball Wives LA is a reality-TV show. It was
just learned that TaKari, the daughter of Jackie,
is deaf. And while she functions as a hearing
person, people listening to her voice would
immediately know she is deaf.

 

— a deaf celebrity speaks out

Many hearing celebrities are outpsoken with their
political views. One deaf celebrity spoke out
last night. It was Nyle DiMarco. He said
that being deaf is no excuse for keeping quiet.
He is trying to teach the world the ASL that
describes his feelings for the American president.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— past Gallaudet trustee, Laurel Glass
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/