2015/01/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 29, 2015

 

– a deaf-owned building is sold

From time to time DeafDigest mentions deaf social
clubs closing up. Well, some of these deaf clubs
own their buildings. This list is now one less.
The Wilmington Club for the Deaf in Delaware has
put their building up for sale. Same reason -
declining membership. The club will continue,
however.

 
– a corporate CEO’s big shock

Eddie V’s is a steak and seafood chain that serves
expensive dishes. There are 12 such restaurants in
Texas, California, Arizona, Illinois and Florida.
Every year this chain selects one of their chefs
as the Eddie V’s Chef of the Year. This year’s
winner is Charleston Wallace of Tampa, Florida.
He is deaf and the Eddie V’s CEO was shocked
about it as no one told him before!

 

 

– an interpreter accused of fakery

Few months ago, a deaf interpreter signed the
speech of a mayor, explaining what Ebola was
all about and how serious it is. Some deaf
people, watching the speech, thought the
interpreter was making up the story and
accused him of fakery. It was real and
not a fake – and this interpreter is the same
Jonathan Lamberton, who wowed the hearing
audience few days ago re the mayor’s NYC
blizzard speech!

 

 

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2015/01/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 28, 2015

 

– the invisible sign language

What is Invisible Sign Language? The February 2015
edition of Readers’ Digest ran a piece about
a TV character that worked in a forensics crime
lab. It said that character Abby Sciuto (played
by NCIS actress Pauley Perrette) is fluent in
sign language. Well, she has never used ASL in
any of these NCIS episodes. This is why it is
the Invisible Sign Language!

 

– a “star” interpreter

Are interpreters, both deaf and hearing, supposed to
be cast as “rock stars”? No, but last year newspapers
played up a woman who fascinated the hearing audience
with her interpreting at New York City political speeches.
And now this, the newspapers are also playing up
a deaf interpreter who wowed the audience with his
interpreting of the mayor’s speech. Maybe it is only
in New York where fascinating interpreters are called
rock stars by hearing people that know nothing about
sign language!

 
– a war in the Deaf Community

There was a posting on a web site about smartphones
and the deaf. It says that smartphones destroy
deaf clubs! Why? The writer said deaf people would
rather chat with each other through their smartphones
instead of face to face at deaf clubs. Sad to say,
the writer is probably correct – but with one
exception – deaf people love to chat with each
other at Starbucks!

 

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2015/01/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 27, 2015

– an amazing non-interpreter

Yesenia Diosdado saw an automobile accident near her
home in Kansas. She ran over and realized the trapped
driver was deaf. The paramedics couldn’t communicate
with the driver. She jumped in and volunteered to
interpret. Thanks to her, the paramedics got the
information and knew what to do with the injured driver.
Why is it amazing? Because she is just 10 years old!
She learned sign language from her hearing mother.

 

– a bank cruel to a deaf customer

A deaf customer went to the ATM machine to get some
cash. The machine “swallowed” her card. She tried to
reach the bank through a relay to get a replacement
card. The bank refused, saying she must use voice
telephone with the customer service representative.
She told the bank of her deafness. The bank still
refused. This went on for three weeks, until she
gave up and filed legal action with a city
ombudsman. He ruled in favor of the deaf customer
and fined the bank. It did not take place in USA,
but in Great Britain.

 
– a website comment about Marlee Matlin

The movienewsguide.com posted an article -
The Top 10 Oscar One Hit Wonders. It listed 10
movie stars that won an Oscar and never again
got another big movie role. Marlee was listed as
one of these stars. The article said – Marlee
is one of the most inspirational actresses to
ever won an Oscar, and that she never appeared
in movies that would have helped win another Oscar.

 

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2015/01/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 26, 2015

 
– most popular baseball player and a deaf fan

Baseball fans and sports fans all over the world
have mourned the death of Mr Cub – Ernie Banks.
He was much loved because he was humble and
was an outstanding citizen. A long time ago
a picture was taken of him and a deaf fan -
Vaughn Hallada (Wisconsin). Pictures are at:

http://deafdigest.com/great-baseball-player-and-deaf-fan/

 

 

 

– a deaf musician by the numbers

1 (first) – full time percussion musician
3 – Grammy awards
30 – solo recordings
50 – countries performed in
2,000 – collection of ancient musicial instruments
2.500 – concert performances

this busy musician is Evelyn Glennie, Great Britain, and she is deaf

 

 

– lipreading a movie

Could a movie be lipread? There was a showing of a famous
silent film (1927) in Rochester, NY. Several deaf people,
watching the film – Fly Low Jack and the Game – said they
could lipread without watching the silent captions.
That film, by the way, has been rated #2,405th best film
by a movie critic.

 

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2015/01/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 23, 2015

 

 

– a deaf-owned advertising agency with big clients

It is the dream of every advertising agency to have these
clients – Toyota, Tiger Woods Foundation, Lexus,
West Coast Choppers, a big hotel chain, a college, etc.
The agency – AkinsParker, which is located in Santa Ana,
California, is deaf-owned. The owner is Geoff Akins,
and he has operated this business for 10 years. He says
he is a success because of his “deaf eyes” – meaning he
sees things with the ad designs that his hearing
competitors don’t!

 

 

– a deaf question at a Super Bowl

Super Bowls always create excitement. In a past Super Bowl
press conference, former quarterback Jim Plunkett was
asked this question – is your father deaf? He was not too
pleased with this question because his father was blind.

 

 

– an interesting family involvement with sign language

Many hearing parents and hearing brothers and sisters learn
signs to communicate with a deaf family member. There is
a twist – in Malawi, a small African nation, there is
a push to teach sign language with families that have
a deaf member. The twist is that the nation is encouraging
aunts, uncles, cousins to learn signs! Normally it is
close family members (mother, father, brothers, sisters)
that learn signs – but not the distant members!

 
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2015/01/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 21, 2015

 

 

– International Deaf Company

A group of fake-deaf people have been fooling
small town people that they work for the
International Deaf Company. They enter shops
and stores and steal stuff. The merchants
were fooled because they couldn’t tell the
difference between real deaf people and
fake-deaf people. The police is looking
these thieves.

 

 

– a deaf restaurant improves its services

Cafe Signes is a amall cafe in Paris; nearly all
of the employees are deaf; the few hearing
employees use sign language. This restaurant
just put in two new improvements. One is placing
different lights on each table. When hungry
patrons want to order more food, they wave these
special lights to get attention of the deaf waiters.
The other improvement is giving each waiter a
vibrating buzzer. This tells them that food
from the kitchen is ready to be served.

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http://deafdigest.com/two-deaf-employees-at-cafe-signes-paris/

 

 

– deaf marketing a big athletic event

Two big tennis tournaments are taking place – the
Australian Open and the Shanghai Rolex Masters. World’s
best tennis players compete in these tournaments.
Four top tennis players have been selected to help
market these big events. One of them is Lee Duck-hee,
a deaf tennis player from South Korea. He is rated
as one of the best young tennis players in the world.

 

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2015/01/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 20, 2015

 

 

– a deaf involvement in other New England Pats controversy

New England Patriots is in the Super Bowl but the team cannot
escape controversy. The latest one is the play clock behaving
funny in the 3rd quarter of the game with the Colts. The Pats
had the ball with 6:11 remaining, and with .05 seconds
remaining on the play clock. Suddenly with 6:10 remaining,
the play clock, which should have shown .04 seconds remaining,
suddenly shot up to 25 seconds! Well, what about it? The
fan who shot the video of this funny clock is a deaf person. He
had the video posted on his facebook, and already, probably
over 1,000,000 hits!

 

 
– most popular site in DC agrees to be accessible

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment, located in
Washington, DC, will now be accessible to the deaf,
under agreement with the Justice Department. How popular
is this museum? People visiting DC have rated this museum
as a must “visit” site along with the White House and
other sites.

 

– a popular person captions all of his videos

Who is Tyler Oakley? He is well known among youtube
followers for his comments on many issues – healthcare,
education, youth peer pressure, humor, etc. One of his
friends is Michelle Obama. He made an important
announcement – that all of his youtube videos are to be
captioned – captioned professionally, not from
these freebie captioning software (that leads to
so many errors). Many of us have our own favorite
web sites – and many, many of these videos are NOT
captioned!

 

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2015/01/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 19, 2015

 
– Tom Selleck movie insulting a famous deaf person

Tom Selleck starred in the movie “Twelve Mile Road” (2003). It was
shown on Saturday night on TV. The movie captions suddenly showed
a quote which said “…..imitating Marlee Matlin…..” It was so
quick that there was no time to write it down. If a quote imitates
a famous hearing person saying something funny, then it may be a
compliment. But if it imitates a famous deaf person using Deaf
Speech then it is an insult!

 

 

 

– Super Bowl has one thing in common with a deaf organization

The Super Bowl is coming up, and sorry, Derrick Coleman will not
play, as he is injured and out of season. He will receive his
second Super Bowl ring if Seattle wins. Anyway, many of us
are hoping that ALL Super Bowl ads will be captioned. It has
never happened in the past. The Super Bowl has one thing
in common with —- the National Association of the Deaf!
Why? Many advertisers save their best ads for the Super Bowl;
many deaf companies save their best products for the NAD
conference exhibit hall area.

 
– invisible deaf club

Hutchinson, Kansas is a town of 40,000 people. Is there a
deaf social club in that town? This was what one person
contacted a newspaper, wanting that information. That newspaper
reached a hearing aid dealer, an independent living center,
several disabled support groups, etc. No luck! It is a
surprise that this newspaper reporter did not do a google
search. These searches would show – Kansas School for the
Deaf, Kansas Association of the Deaf, Hutchison Association
of the Deaf, Kansas Deaf News, etc. Don’t know why the
reporter chose the wrong search path?

 

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2015/01/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 16, 2015

 

– a financial firm kicks out a deaf client

Prosper, a national financial firm on investments
and loans, kicked out a deaf client. He opened
an account but had some questions. He used a relay
service to contact the customer service rep.
Prosper, surprised about his deafness, demanded
he notarize his papers and documents. The deaf
client did – but Prosper still refused to accept
him back. He has filed a lawsuit.

 

– confusion about watching movies

Subtitles? Open captions? Closed captions?
All same thing? No! Subtitles change foreign
films to English. Closed captions can be turned
on and off, at home or at the theater. Open
captions cannot be turned off. There were
announcements of open captions, that actally
were closed captions, and also of closed
captions that were open captions. Confusing?
Yes.

 

– peace between six different relay providers

Competition is everywhere. We have six different
relay providers. But on one issue, they have
peace and agreement! New technology makes relay
equipment obsolete. Six providers had to get
together to agree on technical standards on
new relay equipment we will be using in future.
This is important because in the past there were
were problems when equipment did not work with
other equipment.

 

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2015/01/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, January 15, 2015

 

– future device better than CI

Many people say that CI is getting too expensive.
Scientists at Colorado State University are
working on something they think is better than CI.
It is a special device that works with a tongue.
It will feel teeth vibrations and then be able to
hear these sounds. Impossible? Crazy? Unbelievable?
Yes, all of these!

 

– more about Kate Gosselin’s boyfriend

DeafDigest mentioned that Jeff Prescott,
the new millionaire boyfriend of Kate Gosselin
(Kate Plus 8), established Deaf Children’s
Foundation. But why? It was learned that his oldest
daughter, age 26, is deaf and has Usher’s syndrome.
Still, no information about that foundation could
be found while googling! Secret foundation?

 

 

– a surprise new restaurant in Washington, DC

A new restaurant just opened up in Washington, DC.
The name is – The Alex, honoring Alexander Graham
Bell’s telephone contribution to the society. This
restaurant is not too far from the headquarters of the
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and
Hard of Hearing. Some ASL people are not too happy
about it.

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