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!

 

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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
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
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8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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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.

 

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— past Gallaudet trustee, Laurel Glass
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8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 15, 2017

 

— an interpreter shows a lot of facial expressions for a reason

In San Francisco, a popular entertainment site is
Outside Lands where the audience is treated to
cooking shows that are mixed with music at
GastroMagic. Anyway a recent demonstration of how
the pigs are butchered and dressed up for cooking
caused the interpreter to show a lot of facial
expesssions while interpreting. Apparently she
wasn’t enjoying the program while trying professionally
to interpret for the deaf!

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/unable-to-watch-the-butcher-do-his-job/

 

— advice from deaf student in hearing college

A deaf student in a hearing college gave this
advice – work with the college Disability Support
Services office; they are supposed to help the
deaf student get accommodations that are best
for them and to work with professors on how
to deal with the deaf student.

 

— deaf swimmer crosses the English Channel

It was mentioned few days ago that a deaf woman
tried to swim across Lake Ontario and failed.
Here is a swimming success story – Wesley Nolan,
a deaf man from Ireland, successfully swam
across the English Channel. He is not the first
deaf person to do so – the first one was
Gertrude Ederle in 1926.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 14, 2017

 

— A long lost deaf sister

In USA, the TV series – Long Lost Family
is a popular program, bringing tears for many
viewers. It is not known, however if long lost
deaf family members were part of the USA program.
There is a British version of this same
program, reuniting these long lost British
family members. In one segment a long lost deaf
sister was reunited with her half sister. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/long-lost-deaf-sister/

 

— Coda comedian’s challenge

One comedian, hitting these small time night clubs,
is a Coda. He said that from time to time he has
an interpreter on the stage. This is when he
knows there are deaf people in the audience.
When this happens, he makes it a point to
use sign language, never mind that an
interpreter is standing next to him. And
this presents a special challenge – to slow
down while saying something funny and signing
it funny at the same time. If he goes fast-paced
then his sign language lags behind his voiced
funny comments!

 

— a reason prisons afraid of video relay service

When hearing prisoners make telephone calls,
the prison officers can follow and track
these phone calls and know who these prisoners
are talking with. But with Video Relay Service,
it is impossible. This is the reason why prisons
are scared of VRS! This was an issue that was
published in a prison officers’ magazine.

 

 

Latest deaf jobs
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8/13/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 11, 2017

 

— another deaf accomplishment with aircraft

A while ago, DeafDigest announced that a deaf
man, from Australia, received his commercial
pilot’s license. And now this – Zackary Kukorlo,
who is deaf and from Indiana, won his certificate
to become an aircraft mechanic, specializing
in powerplant. People of his skills are now
high in demand in the aircraft industry.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-mechanic-aircraft/

 

— must get government permission to host a deaf sports tournament

A deaf sports organization wants to host the national deaf
women’s soccer tournament, but cannot to do so, without
seeking government permission! That nation is Nigeria.
This does not happen in USA and the rest of the world.

 

— making small town drivers happy

Silvana, Washington is a tiny town of just about 100
people that no one has heard of – but for years
these small down drivers were kept happy by
Willie Sneve, who was deaf and owned the town’s
only gas station. Drivers are never happy if
their tanks are empty and there are no gas
stations around in these small towns! Sneve
was honored one time as the Citizen of the
Year by the town.

 

 

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8/06/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 10, 2017

 

— a perfect deaf truck driver

Do truck drivers drive perfectly? No, no such a
thing as a perfect car driver or even of a perfect
auto racer! Yet – Clint Homon, who is deaf, is
perfect. He is a student at the Commercial Driver’s
License program at the College of DuPage in
Illinois. He took exams on all aspects of
this course – and received a perfect score!
He said he was shocked about this perfect score.
Let’s hope he will get a high paying truck driving
job once he completes his course. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-truck-driving-student-with-perfect-scores/

 

— a big reason why some hearing people attend interpreted plays

There is a big reason why some hearing people attend
interpreted plays. It is not to learn ASL – but to
get fascinated by the moving beauty of these interpreted
signs – even if they don’t understand what these means.
It is the same as deaf attending a musical concert
and getting fascinated with conductor’s use of
hands – even though they do not hear music!

 

— a waste of money for captions

In New Zealand, the deaf have to fight to get movie
and TV captions. Yet the parliamentary proceedings
are captioned. Children’s programs are also
captioned. An activist complained that deaf adults
are stuck with no captions because they do not
watch parliamentary proceedings and also not
watching children’s programs!

 

Latest deaf jobs
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8/06/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 9, 2017

 

— comment by interpreter about the deaf and music

An interpreter said:

We haven’t had a huge deaf community turnout,
mainly because music is not really in deaf
culture.

He was telling the reporter he is hoping to push
the musical arts for the deaf community.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-band/

 

— these anonymous deaf donations

An anonymous person  made a $150,000
donation to help get Christian Academy for the Deaf
up and running in Waco, Texas. Some years way
back, Gallaudet received a multi-million
dollar anonymous donation. This shows there
are always generous benefactors in USA that
believe in the deaf.

 

— a comment about the deaf that dreamed of becoming doctors

A medical professional, who is not deaf, said he
knew that there were some deaf individuals that
wanted to become physicians, but were scared off.
Reason is the lack of accommodations by medical
schools to make things easier for deaf medical
students. Very sad.

 

Latest deaf jobs
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8/06/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 8, 2017

 

— a different kind of a deaf-owned bar

    There is a new bar in Bogota, Colombia that is
deaf-owned.
   It is different – because while most patrons
are deaf, there are also many hearing patrons!
   Normally, hearing patrons do not come to
a deaf-owned bar becaue of lack of communications
and because of no hearing friends around.
   This bar – Sin Palabras Cafe Sordo,
translated as No Words Deaf Cafe, is said
to be one of Bogota’s hottest hangouts.
   A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-bar-in-colombia/

 

 

— still delivering pizzas on foot, not by car

DeafDigest ran a story on deaf Domino driver
Benjamin Houston, Flint, Michigan, who delivered
pizza to a customer on foot one mile away because
his car broke down in middle of this run. He
is still delivering pizzas, but on foot – at
least until he is able to get another car.
As a matter of unity among these Domino
drivers, three co-workers walked with him
on one delivery run. And local Flint
residents were so touched by his efforts
to deliver on foot, that they have, so far,
donated $11,000 to help him buy another
vehicle!

 

— an angry blog posting about handicapped parking space

Someone posted an angry blog regarding deaf people
using their disability as an excuse to get handicapped
parking spaces. He was referring to these able-bodied
deaf people. He said he heard excuses from the deaf
such as:

deaf people can’t hear burglars sneaking up on the

deaf people have been suffering, and they need a break

 

 

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8/06/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/08/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – August 7, 2017

 

— deaf man getting commercial pilot license

Simon Rodman, who is deaf, has just obtained
his commercial pilot’s license. He is now
looking for a permanent job as a commercial
pilot. It is not happening in USA, which does
not allow the deaf to become commercial
pilots – because use of radio is required.
It is happening in Australia – but with an
important explanation. He uses a CI. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-commercial-pilot/

 

— deaf not same as disabled

A deaf leader, who did not want to be identified,
said that laws protecting the disabled and giving
them rights and needs are not the same as with
the deaf. This is an issue that many legislators
do not understand.

 

— deaf disagree with their militant deaf parents

A letter to the editor was posted in a newspaper.
It said there have been cases of deaf, of
militant deaf parents, opting for CI’s against
the wishes of their parents!

 

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