2014/10/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 31, 2014

– Forbes magazine scolds anti-deaf human resources manager

Important business people read the Forbes Magazine.
It is the #1 magazine with them, equal to the
Wall Street Journal. There was an article about a
NTID graduate applying for a job. The article was
titled – Hiring Managers that behave badly. The
manager did not want to hire the deaf. He went
ahead with the interview to show the world that
he does not “discriminate.” The interview was a
joke and a fake. The deaf person was not hired.
DeafDigest hopes that NTID graduate was able to
find a better job elsewhere.

 

– using an interpreter during a crime

Could a deaf robber be using an interpreter while
committing a crime? Paul Coombs, a deaf criminal
from Dundee, Scotland, broke into an apartment
to steal money from a victim. To communicate
with the victim, he used his interpreter, who
just followed him! Yes, he was arrested and
sentenced to 14 months in jail. Did the
interpreter go to jail, as an accomplice?
DeafDigest editor does not know.

 
– communicating with a robot

Could we communicate with a robot? Deaf people
entering Orchard Supply Hardware store in
San Jose, California, will be greeted by a
robot. How to communicate with a robot?
This robot has a video that could communicate
with the deaf. Since Orchard Supply Hardware
is part of the Lowe’s chain, we probably will
see robots in every store in the near future.

 

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2014/10/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 30, 2014

 
– council meeting stopped few seconds after it started

DeafDigest mentioned few times that deaf councilwoman
Marisa Salzer (Montesano, Washington) has been battling
the city council for an interpreter for council meetings.
The council refused but was forced to hire an interpreter
under orders of the Washington Human Rights Commission.
Anyway, the council meeting started with an interpreter
but it stopped immediately few seconds later. She
complained of interpreter’s bad signing skills! Council
said interpreter is qualified. She said interpreter is
not certified.

 

– a real dumb deaf criminal

Many hearing criminals are dumb, the reason why cops
find it easy to catch them. We also have a few dumb
deaf criminals. Fouad Soussi, age 20, is deaf and
is a dumb criminal. He was the top drug dealer on
the streets of West London, UK, and was caught when
he posted online of his selfies. In these selfies
he was holding up bags of drugs. The judge sentenced
him to 5 years in prison.

 
– a deaf Halloween movie

Halloween is coming up and there are many horror
movies shown on TV. What is the best Deaf Halloween
movie, and even also what is the craziest Halloween
movie? It is Deafula, written, produced and directed
by Peter Wolf, who also acted the Deafula role in 1975.

Said a critic:
movie is black and white and contains no screaming
victims and no Transylvanian accents, and it is all-ASL,
and it is strange that Deafula wears a big, plastic
clownish nose!

 

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2014/10/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 29, 2014

 

 

– Noise in a coffee cafe with deaf coffee drinkers

In Fremont, Ohio, there is noise among deaf coffee
drinkers. Noise? It actually is NOISE, which stands
for Northern Ohio Interpreting Services and Education.
NOISE is hosting this coffee event for the deaf for
the first time. Deaf and Noise?

 
– difficult to find deaf Gallaudet presidential candidates

Gallaudet has had these deaf presidents – Jordan, Davila
and Hurwitz. Easy to find a next deaf president to
replace Hurwitz who will be retiring? No. About 8
years ago there was a survey to find a deaf candidate
experienced in higher education and with a doctorate.
After looking for them in colleges all over the world,
only 27 candidates could be identified! Very possibly
in 2015, this same small pool exists.

 

– apartment landlord forbids deaf residents

Could a landlord tell deaf people they are not allowed
to reside in his apartment building? Discrimination?
Yes, but it is happening in Nampa, Idaho! There is a
lawsuit that has involved the city mayor, the apartment
landlord, the city fire marshall and the city deputy fire
marshall. This discrimination against the deaf was
revealed during this lawsuit discussions. A big mess
out there in Nampa.

 

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2014/10/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 28, 2014

 

 

– hospitals face interpreting crisis

More hospitals are aware of interpreting needs
for the deaf; they know where to find interpreters,
and are also aware that many deaf people hate
Video Remote Interpreting. Yet, there is a huge
crisis. Many interpreters do not understand
medical terms; wrong signs on medical terms could
be fatal for deaf patients. This was the issue
raised by the NPR, a news distributor.

 
– Starbucks helping the deaf

A group of deaf people filed a lawsuit, accusing
Starbucks of discriminating against the deaf.
Starbucks is denying it and is fighting the
lawsuit. Does Starbucks really help the deaf?
In Great Britain, the Starbucks Community Fund
has donated funds for a deaf advocate so that
she could give deaf awareness workshops at
local social service agencies.

 

– a game for children to measure hearing or deafness

Sound Scouts, a small Australian company, has invented
a special game for children. The game has two purposes.
First is for children to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Second is for parents and teachers to find out if
the child has a hearing loss or not. Not sure how it
works but it has something to do with children
responding to beeps that come up while playing.

 

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2014/10/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 27, 2014

 

– faked deafness in a relationship

Would a young hearing woman fake her deafness in
order to win the heart of a young hearing man?
It happened in Kodiak, Alaska and it is part
of the “My Crazy Love” TV series. It is not
known, however, if she has continued to fake
her deafness or if they are still dating
each other. Guess it happens in Alaska because
mates are hard to find, and competition is
fierce!

 
– Derrick Coleman injured while warming up

Derrick Coleman, Seattle Seahawks, will play
no more football this season. While warming up
for the game against St Louis Cardinals, he
broke his foot. It was not football that was
dangerous to him; it was just exercising his
legs that was dangerous! Hope he will recover
100 percent and play again in 2015.

 

– sign language lessons in a newspaper

Have we ever read a newspaper, or even a newsletter,
and turn to a page that has sign language lessons?
The government of Miyoshi, a town in Japan, is
publishing sign language lessons in the community
newsletter. The Japanese Federation of the Deaf
is happy about it.

 

 

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2014/10/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 24, 2014

 

– a big loss for Deaf Smith

Deaf Smith, a deaf fighter, became famous for his battles
against Mexico in the early 19th century. In 1835, he
climbed on a big tree in Texas to spy on the movements
of Mexican soldiers. 179 years later, this famous
big tree that Deaf Smith climbed up, became weak
because of lack of rain water in the area. This fallen
tree was on the list of Famous Trees of Texas. This
is a big historical loss for Deaf Smith. See the
pictures at:
http://deafdigest.net/deaf-smith-climbed-on-that-tree/

 

– a different way for the deaf to vote on election day

A leader of the disabled has been urging the local
electoral group to allow the deaf to vote – in a
different way. Instead of ballots listing the
names of candidates, pictures of candidates would
be shown. Why? Many deaf people can’t read and
would not know the candidates if they had to
read their names on the ballot! It is not happening
in USA, but in Botswana, where many deaf people
lack education.
– free college tuition and fees for the deaf

College is expensive, but an investment for the future.
Well, many young people cannot afford these college costs
and as a result, either drop out or seek jobs that do
not require a college education. Well, for the deaf
in Odisha, a state in India, the deaf will not pay
college costs. Just wish the same can be said for
students attending Gallaudet and NTID.

 

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2014/10/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 23, 2014

 

– the Deaf World Series

Possibly for the first time in baseball history,
the World Series has a real deaf connection.
It is Dummy Taylor, whose first real name was
Luther. He pitched for the New York Giants in
the early 1900′s. The team later became San Francisco
Giants. He was born in Kansas, not too far from
Kansas City, MO. As a pitcher, he was one of the
best during his time. And he invented signs
that the catchers and coaches still use these days.
Did he ever pitch in the World Series? Unfortunately,
no.

 

– a confession by a job placement specialist for the deaf

In a newspaper story, a job placement specialist, from
Wisconsin, said hearing employers reject deaf about
20 times before a deaf person is finally hired. It
is the same with successful deaf attorneys, deaf
engineers, deaf architects, deaf scientists, etc.
They faced rejections, rejections and rejections
before they were finally hired.

 
– ASL not important to a major magazine

Washingtonian is a major magazine that covers the
Washington, DC metro area. A recent edition
gave advice for readers that want to learn a new
language. The magazine suggested Arabic, Farsi,
French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Russian,
Spanish, Swahili. It did not suggest ASL? It is
disappointing because the deaf population in the
Washington, DC metro area is one of the highest
among metro areas.

 

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2014/10/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 22, 2014

 

 

– a deaf role model in Australia

A couple of times DeafDigest mentioned Australia’s famed deaf
truck driver Jim Ashley. One of the stories is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-hall-of-famer-jim-ashley/

Anyway, DeafDigest received email from a proud deaf Australian,
saying that Jim is a role model in the Deaf Community. He
explained that discrimination is so bad against the deaf;
many hearing people think deaf people cannot do anything,
and that Jim is the living proof that the deaf can!

 

– the fourth Gallaudet football player to become a pro

It was announced that the Florida Blacktips of the new
Fall Experimental Football League has signed Gallaudet’s
Adham Talaat to a contract. He makes his pro debut this
Friday against Boston Brawlers at Harvard Stadium.
The past Gallaudet players who played pro football were
Bilbo Monaghan, Memphis Tigers (1932); Ed Gobble,
Virginia Sailors (1967) and Tony Tatum, Utah Blaze &
Cleveland Gladiators (2013-2014). Adham’s new teammates
played at Oklahoma, UCLA, Miami, Nebraska, Missouri,
Georgia, etc, these mighty NCAA football powers.

 
– most important deaf person in Microsoft

Who is the most important deaf person in Microsoft?
It is Jenny Lay-Flurrie, leader of the Trusted Experiences
Team. What does she do? Responsible for accessibility,
privacy, and online safety. If a deaf person cannot access
Microsoft software, or has privacy invaded or felt
threatened by hackers online, then Jenny worries about it!

 

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2014/10/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 21, 2014

 
– Iceland removes an insulting deaf word

To keep up with the times, Iceland has changed some
words in its law books. For many years, in the
law book, the word deaf-mute was used. Not any
more – deaf people are now described as hearing
impaired. Maybe Iceland should have changed to
a better word for us, but at least it is no
longer deaf-mute!

 

– recognizing deaf big contributions to baseball

The World Series begins today. May the best team
win. And we should recognize the big contributions
of our past deaf major leaguers. Dummy Hoy invented
three signals – out, safe, ball. Dummy Taylor invented
coaches’ signals and the catchers’ signals. We see coaches
use hand signals for hitters and baserunners. And
when the catchers flash these hidden finger signals,
one finger, two fingers, three fingers and four
fingers, the pitchers know what to throw.

 

– a very cold Sinclair response to a non-captioning complaint

The Sinclair Broadcast Group sent a letter to
DeafDigest editor, in response to the posting at
http://deafdigest.com/mid-week-news/20140818/

It was Sinclair that carried the non-captioned
ABC football game broadcast for airing in the central
Pennsylvania areas. The tone of the brief letter was
extremely C-O-L-D. To view the letter, go to:

http://deafdigest.com/cold-response-from-sinclair-on-noncaptioned-for-deaf-football-game/

Not even a warm “thank you” response! And it is almost
November; the football game took part in August, two
months ago. A turtle-like response to a non-captioning
complaint!

 

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2014/10/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, October 20, 2014

 
– a deaf pizza truck tour of USA

Russ and Melody Stein, both deaf, want you to taste the
pizza that is served at the Mozzeria in San Francisco.
They are now on a tour of USA, stopping at some cities
so that people can taste the Mozzeria pizza. How good
are their pizzas? Yelp San Francisco says:

Everything about this place is literally amazing. The
quality of the food is perfection. The service is fantastic

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– Japan manufactured a Deaf Car

Japan builds a lot of cars, including Mazdas. And at one
time Mazda built a Deaf Car. It was the 1970 Mazda RX500,
but why was it a Deaf Car? The car speed was supposed
to be very fast despite its small engine size. Not just
fast, but very loud noise from the engine. For that
reason, the rear lights were green in color. This
was to warn the hearing drivers of full running speed by
a deaf driver. Weird? Yes!

 

 

 

– Rochester Thumbs Down on some political candidates

Election Day is coming up next month. Many political
candidates caption their political ads. Again many
political candidates don’t. For that reason, the
Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, which is famous for
its weekly Thumbs up and Thumbs down column, just
Thumbed Down these political candidates that did not
caption their political ads. Speaking of Thumbs Up
and Thumbs Down, the Silent News, in the past, copied
the idea and almost got sued by an angry person!

 

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