2015/02/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 27, 2015

 

– an interesting twitter comment about the deaf

Someone made a twitter comment that was interesting.
This person said that deaf individuals were responsible
for big changes in sports. Examples were the football
huddle (Gallaudet’s Paul Hubbard), baseball signals
(out and strike by Dummy Hoy and Dummy Taylor) and
boxing’s corner red lights (because deaf boxer
Eugene Hairston couldn’t hear the bell). Yet deaf
athletes are called disabled because they can’t
hear!

 

– a deaf child actor not getting his royalty money

There was a story about a former baseball player Roger McDowell
getting a check of $13.52 everytime a Jerry Seinfield TV
re-run shows him on the program. He was only on the program
for less than 10 seconds in 1992. Jeff Bravin, the Executive
Director, American School for the Deaf, was a child actor
on “And Your Name Is Jonah” TV movie in 1979. Royalties?
Bravin said – I wish I had the same agreement McDowell had.
I got royalties for the first seven times it was shown, but
I have not seen a check in ages. Now it is shown in so many
web streaming outlets such as Netflix and Amazon!

 
– a sign language dealer in a casino

We have a few dealers that are deaf and work in Nevada casinos.
What about hearing dealers that know sign language. There is
one – LeErica Knight, a dealer at the Ameristar Casino in
Vicksburg, Mississippi. She often helps deaf players that
come to her casino. She would high-five them when they
win money. She knows signs because her sister is deaf.

 

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2015/02/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 26, 2015

 
– a deaf racer gets a big sponsor

We have some deaf auto racers that have not been able to get
sponsors. Racing is an expensive hobby for them. For famous racers
such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr, they get sponsorship money. Anyway,
Caleb McDuff is deaf and he is a racer. And he recently won a big
sponsorship deal from an oil company. It is amazing. Why? Because
Caleb is only 7 years old! He races go-karts in Great Britain
and as he gets older he will move to big cars. How was he able
to get a major sponsor? Possibly because his father is a car
mechanic with contacts among oil companies!

 

 

– these deaf child signs

We see many “Deaf Child” signs everywhere. Many of these signs
are still posted even though the deaf children have grown up
and have moved out of the neighborhoods. Anyway one big
city rejects these deaf child signs. It is Fort Worth, Texas.
Why the rejection? The explanation from the city says many
drivers pay no attention to these deaf signs and still drive
fast, anway!

 
– not good news for deaf driver in accident

DeafDigest mentioned several times this past summer that
a scared deaf driver, trapped in his car with his family,
drove through the crowd that was celebrating the Zombie
Walk in San Diego. He drove away after being attacked by
one of these paraders. He then got into an accident.
The cops did not arrest him and let him go. But seven
months later, the San Diego County District Attorney
has charged the deaf driver with a felony. The deaf
driver’s attorney is now fighting the case. Trial takes
place next month.

 

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2015/02/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 25, 2015

 

– a Double Deaf Cruelty

DeafDigest has mentioned that Christine
Balaguer was kicked out of the Philippines
National Pageant because of her deafness.
This is the first cruelty. It was just learned
today of a second cruel treatment. When
the pageant organizers kicked her out, they
did not have an interpreter to explain things
to her! It left her confused as she had no
idea what was going on. This is Double Deaf
Cruelty.

 

– an interesting comment by a doctor about deaf

A doctor says he prefers interpreters when deaf
patients come to see him. Without an interpreter,
he had to write many notes back and forth with the
deaf patient – taking up a lot of time. And yet
he feels something was missing – that the deaf
patient may not fully understand what is going
on. With an interpreter, deaf patients understand
quickly. When and where did that doctor make that
comment. In United Kingdom years ago – before ADA
was passed in USA.

 

– Super Bowl-like event without captions

Going on right now is the Cricket World Cup.
World’s best cricket-playing nations are
playing against each other in Australia
and New Zealand. For these cricket-loving
nations, it is their Super Bowl. And many
deaf cricket fans root for their national
teams. And deaf fans in New Zealand are
very angry. These cricket matches on TV
are not captioned! They are screaming
for captions now. Cricket is sort of like
baseball, but the rules are much different.

 

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2015/02/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 24, 2015

 

– a Deaf Challenge for Hollywood

What is a Deaf Challenge for Hollywood? A movie
about a deaf president/CEO of a big hearing corporation.
That deaf person is always with ASL interpreter,
and speaks with “deaf-speech” that only a few hearing
people will understand. The actor is ASL-deaf, not
a fake-deaf hearing actor, with terrible ASL. Yes,
the deaf actor’s ASL is voiced out for the sake of
the hearing audience.

 

– a big city pageant winner is deaf

Emmy Faye Rudkin, a deaf woman, entering the first
beauty pageant of her life is now Miss San Antonio.
It is not a small town – but a big city of some
1,410,000 people. It is not known, however, if
Emmy knows ASL. She never went to a mainstreamed
program, instead attending a private school.
It is also not known if she plans to continue
to compete at higher level beauty pagents.

 

– a deaf woman in an important White House position

We watch these West Wing TV series and see how
the president and his family deal with all sorts
of political crises. Could a deaf woman be involved
in these real-life crises? Well, Leah Katz-Hernandez,
who is deaf, works the reception desk at the
West Wing! This job is what Washington people say
is ROTUS (Receptionist of the United States). What
does she do? Leads outside guests to the West Wing
in these White House appointments. Hopefully for
Leah, it will lead her to higher and higher
political steps, with all these political contacts.

 

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2015/02/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 23, 2015

– watching a TV car race and getting TV baseball captions

Hard to believe. Deaf people, watching the big NASCAR
race, got captions that said – Joe Maddon, Cliff Lee,
Cole Hamels, Zach Greinke, Doug Fister, etc – all
these baseball names. And some of the names were
repeated several times. Possibly the computer confused
auto racing with baseball?? The Deadspin web site made
fun of this captioning mess!

 

– Indiana is almost 100 percent Deaf State

What is a Deaf State? A state where all of its counties
work with 911 deaf emergency texts. Much to our shock,
only two states are 100 percent Deaf State – Vermont
and Maine. What about Indiana? This state has 92
counties, but only 88 are able to take text emergency
messages; four counties can’t. So, Indiana is an
almost 100 Percent Deaf State. In due time we
expect all of USA to be 100 Percent Deaf USA!

 

– comparing two Deaf Cafes

We have a Deaf Cafe in Paris (Cafe Signes) and
a Deaf Cafe in Toronto (SIGNS). How do we compare
both Deaf Cafes? Both cafes are different. The
Paris cafe, serves regular food, is located in
a working class neighborhood. Patrons are
neighbors with each other. The Toronto cafe is
located in a hot dining area, serves fancy
food and patrons are either tourists or out of
town visitors. The Paris menu is printed with
meal descriptions in French and English. The
Toronto menu come with sign language pictures
that describe meals. Both cafes are different
but successful.

 

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2015/02/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 20, 2015

 

– a host warns a deaf person

Jeff Probst, the host of the Survivor 2015 No Collar Tribe,
Nargarote, has warned Nina Poersch, the deaf contestant
on this reality TV program. Jeff said “Nina is going to
have a tough time.” Why? Jeff said it has nothing to do
with her deafness or her age, but because she is
entering a culture that is so new to her. While Jeff
won’t say it, this may mean Nina will be quickly
eliminated!

 

 

– future interpreters from a scary background

At the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Gabriel,
Louisiana, a group of prisoners is learning ASL.
Their goal is to become ASL interpreters when
they are released from prison and seek employment.
Scary or not scary? DeafDigest thinks it is a great
way for prisoners to get employment, because many
employers won’t give them jobs – and yet, demand
for interpreters is always high. This prison is
the only one in the nation offering this ASL
program.

 

 

– two different English subtitles options

Some Blu-ray discs have two subtitle options.
One is English option and the other is
English subtitles. What is the difference?
It is a BIG difference. With the English
option, it shows English subtitles only
if the actors speak a foreign language
in an English language movie. The English
subtitles option shows full English
subtitles throughout the movie. A
movie critic said two subtitle options
is unusual.

 

 

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2015/02/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 19, 2015

 
– a deaf product making people healthy

What is a Deaf Product in Tanzania, a nation in
Africa? It is soap products (liquid soap, bar soap,
disinfectant and hand washing soap). The Small
Industries Development Organization is teaching
a group of young deaf people on soap making. Goal
is to encourage them to go into business for
themselves selling soap products.

 

– a CI preventing a deaf woman from doing her job

Katie McCormick, who is deaf, wanted to work in
a beauty parlor in a small British town. She took
training classes and received work certificates.
But for some reason she is not able to work with
some machines in the beauty parlor because it
interfered with her CI. She is still working
in the same place but not using machines at all!

 
– interpreters risking a $5,000 fine

A bitter debate is going on among legislators
in Idaho. The issue – to license or not to
license the ASL interpreters. Two interesting
points were brought up – unlicensed professionals
in Idaho risk a $5,000 fine. And only 16 states
require licenses for interpreters. What about
RID? It was not brought up among these debating
legislators!

 

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2015/02/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 18, 2015

– Alabama county 911 chief tells people not to text

R.V. White, the Limestone County (Alabama) E911 chief
has been telling people not to use text with 911
calls, instead, to use voice, if at all possible.
Reason is that he wants to free up the 911 line
for the deaf people that need to send emergency
texts. It is the same as non-disabled drivers
being told not to park in disabled parking spots!

 

– more and more deaf angry at Hollywood

There is a new hashtag #DeafTalent. It tells
Hollywood to stop using hearing actors to
play deaf roles both in movies and in TV.
#DeafTalent started because hearing actress
Catalina Sandino Moreno was cast in a deaf
role; her knowledge of deafness and of the
deaf is total ZERO. Enough is enough, hence
this #DeafTalent hashtag. But will Hollywood
listen? Very much doubt it!

 

– Denmark to honor a deaf device

Denmark will be issuing a new postage stamp
on March 14th to honor devices invented by
the Danish people. One device is the
writing ball. It is a pre-typewriter invented
in 1865 by Rasmus Malling-Hansen, who was not
deaf. As a principal of the Royal Institute
for the Deaf in Copenhagen, he invented
it to help the deaf read and write better.
Another Alexander Graham Bell? Yes, and no,
but Bell hated sign language while Hansen
loved it!

 

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2015/02/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 17, 2015

 
– no captions on weather news

Could a major TV network show bad weather news
without captions? CBS, at around 330-345 AM this
morning, had no captions on its weather news program.
DeafDigest editor, wanting to get weather updates,
was disappointed with this lack of captions. Yes,
the FCC has been notified about it. But what could
FCC do about it? Not much, probably!

 

– stuck in Maine

A deaf schools basketball tournament took place
this past weekend in Portland, Maine, hosted by
the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. Because
of the snowstorm, the West Virginia School for
the Deaf basketball team is still stuck in Maine.
The coach said there may be no flights to
Washington, DC until Wednesday night!

 

– another deaf-owned business in Frederick

A while ago DeafDigest mentioned that there is a
deaf-owned business in Frederick – Patty Cakes.
There is another one – EmbroidMe, owned by deaf
partners Amy Phillips and Angie Foster. It prints
name, image, logo or message on a piece of clothing.
It was also learned that Frederick has more deaf-owned
businesses that we are not aware of!

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2015/02/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, February 16, 2015

– CI old technology, brainstem implant, new technology

Some doctors are saying CI is old technology and will not
always work for many patients. They are also saying that
brainstem implant is better. Do realize that today’s
hot technology is tomorrow’s old technology. So, is
brainstem implant the new hot thing in the Deaf Community?

 
– best clown in USA is a deaf clown

The 2015 Clown of the Year Award by the Clowns of America
was awarded Sue Marranconi, Meadville, PA. She is deaf, and
has been in the clowning profession practically all her
life. She takes clowning seriously, always thinking of
new ways to make people laugh.

 

– a very special military mission in Australia

Special Air Service of Australia (SAS) is a group of
elite military fighters, sent to special missions.
It is like our Green Berets (US Army Special Forces).
They recently trained in an isolated part of Australia,
getting ready for their mission in the Middle East.
The bus taking these SAS people was driven by a
deaf driver! He said that when he dropped off these
fighters, he drove the bus back home – empty seats!

 
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