2021/01/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 15, 2021

— no interpreter for deaf person during parole hearing

All prisoners, both deaf and hearing, look forward
to parole hearings, with the hope that they will
be paroled – and move on with their lives. A
deaf prisoner was NOT provided with an interpreter
during his parole hearing! He filed a discrimination
lawsuit. For some reason, it was announced that a
settlement has been proposed – but the deaf prisoner
refused to accept the settlement. As a result both
parties agreed to let a judge make a decision for
them!

 

— TV set deaf said to be very friendly

Samsung issued a press release that their latest
TV set is very deaf-friendly – avatar explaining
what each on-screen option is all about, ability
to move captions up or bottom or left or right,
and moving the “corner” TV interpreter to anywhere
on the screen. Really? Stay tuned!

 

— difficult job description for deaf applicant

Some jobs are difficult – must rely on voice
communications. A deaf person applied for
a railroad job (not easy, very dangerous)
which depends on voice communications. He
did not get the job and filed ADA job
discrimination lawsuit. The court said
that he could not prove that he could
safely perform these jobs that totally
rely on voice communications – voice signals
and voice danger warnings, etc. The court
decided against the deaf person.

 

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2021/01/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 14, 2021

— coming home from work; comparing deaf with hearing

A social worker made this observation – that
when hearing people come home from work they
want to relax (like watching TV). And that
when deaf people come home, they want to
chat in ASL.

 

— company says they design perfect mask for the deaf

Project Hazel is said to be a “perfect” mask for
the deaf – in that deaf people can see hearing
people’s facial expressions as well as to be able
to lipread. Just have to wait if it is a fact
or just talk!

 

— which world, deaf only or hearing only or both

There are deaf people that say they mingle comfortably
in the deaf world as well as in the hearing world.
Are they a bicultural deaf person?

 

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2021/01/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 13, 2021

— pictorial history of roller-skating rinks

Roller skating arenas in past years was popular.
These arenas were crowded with deaf and hearing
roller skaters, all just wanting to have fun.
There is a collection of these old time
roller-skating rinks, about 2,000 such pictures.
The work is being done by Mark Falso. He is
deaf. He said he just loves history in pictures.

 

— deaf prisoner allowed to use videophone to call friends

A deaf prisoner was not allowed to use videophone to chat
with his friends. The officials said he could use either
TTY or video relay, but the deaf prisoner objected.
This lawsuit has been continuing for about four years
until the Fourth Circuit said he could use the videophone.
Will the court decision stand or is the battle continuing?

 

— another role for Marlee Matlin

Another role is coming up for Marlee Matlin.
A role in a movie or a TV sitcom? No, as
Executive Producer for “Feeling Through”
which is lauded as the world’s first film
involving a deaf-blind actor!

 

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2021/01/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 12, 2021

— these web accessibility lawsuits

As recent as 2019, there were nearly 2,300
ADA Title III lawsuits because of web
inaccessibility issues. 2020 stats is not
yet available, but don’t be surprised if
the count has jumped to 3,000 or even 4,000
lawsuits!

 

— association of architects and designers agree with deaf

An association of architects and designers made a
statement that deaf employees prefer their desks
to face the room instead of facing the wall.
For some reason, in many offices, deaf desks face
the wall, which is what many deaf employees hate!

 

— important for deaf that live in apartments

Many deaf people live in apartments. It is very
important that they be made aware of – Tenants’
Rights Law; Fair Housing Act; best ways to
communicate with the landlords; having
flashing smoke signalers; having flashing
doorbell signalers. Plus some other stuff.

 

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2021/01/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – January 11, 2021

 

— completely misunderstanding a finger-pointing gesture

DeafDigest editor, at a supermarket, carried a tote bag
with him and pointed to it with the check out clerk,
explaining groceries would be bagged inside it. The
clerk thought the request was for paper bags and
charged him for it! No matter how careful a deaf
person would gesture, some hearing people would
totally misunderstand it and add the charge to the bill!
Very frustrating.

 

— to be deaf or to be hard of hearing or to be a CI

In a newspaper interview, a person with a hearing loss
hinted that there are three categories – deaf; hard of
hearing;  CU user. Since when is a CI being added as
a third hearing loss category? Take off a CI, the person
is deaf; put on a CI, the person could be viewed as
a hearing person?

 

— a reverse app

A reverse app? In almost all cases, deaf people use
speech to text app to try to communicate with the
hearing. A hospital is using this very same app
in reverse – to allow its deaf staffers communicate
with hearing patients!

 

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