2015/07/06

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 6, 2015

 
— the deaf and the end of a Chicago tradition

People who invest their money know what Chicago
Mercantile Exchange is all about. For years,
traders have shouted their buy and sell orders,
often using their own sign language. Not
any more – computers won. Anyway has there
been a deaf person that worked on the floor
at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, dealing
with these buy and sell orders? Yes and
no. A young deaf man, years ago, worked
on the floor – but he did not deal with
these trades. He was a chartist, keeping
track of these trades with a clipboard!
He only lasted few years because the pressure
was too much for him.

 

 

— mother of a deaf son forced to sell her house

The HSE is a government agency in Ireland that
provides health services for families in need.
A mother wanted her deaf son to get auditory
brain stem implant. The HSE referred her to a
specialist in Italy. But who pays for it?
HSE said they would pay for it. Bbut just as
when the operation took place, HSE backed
out, saying “we have no money.” The mother,
stuck, with the bill, is being forced to
sell her house! HSE denied making the
agreement and refuses to pay for it.

 
— trying to use deafness as an excuse

A police officer in Savannah, Georgia,
stopped a speeding driver. The cop ordered
the driver out of the car and to run
field tests to see if he was drunk
or stoned. After the tests the cop
arrested him after explaining the
charges. The driver denied the
charges, saying his deafness was
the reason for not able to pass these
tests. The driver was not deaf!

 

 

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— a surprise sell-out at an event

Do deaf people (or hearing people) like to go to
Drive-in movies? It was popular way back in
1950’s and 1960’s but is no longer popular
nowadays. Yet, there is a surprise – open
captioned movies (Jurassic and San Andreas)
was shown at a drive-in theater in Kansas
City, KS. 700 people watched these movies –
the attendance count was 400 deaf patrons
and 300 hearing patrons!

 
— a nightmare for a Deaf-Blind person

At a recent earthquake in the The Philippines,
a deaf-blind person was trapped. He did not
know what was going on – and no one came to
his attention. Emergency responders came
and left – not knowing how to deal with a
deaf-blind person. It took several hours
before an interpreter, that knows how
to communicate with the deaf-blind,
came to his rescue. He was so angry
that he made a video out of it.

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 5, 2015 morning

 
— an amplifier or a fake hearing aid

Is hearing aid a real hearing aid or is it
an amplifier, or in other words, a fake
hearing aid? Do read this story –
Mark Ferdinand, not deaf, said he uses a
hearing aid in order to capture the sounds
of wildlife animals which walk alk through the
forest in Pennsylvania. Will always be a
debate – is an amplifier a hearing aid
or is it a fake hearing aid. DeafDigest
says an amplifier is certainly not a
hearing aid – but many people disagree!

 

— a very sad homeless deaf story

Last night, DeafDigest editor was walking
with a group in Washington, DC. He didn’t
see it but a homeless deaf person was
chatting with a deaf friend just only
for a few seconds. This homeless person,
from war-torn Somalia, “won” a lottery
to enter USA as a refugee immigrant.
That was few years ago. No job; no money;
no family; no friends; no education;
no reading and writing skills; no employment
skills. He manages to scrounge for food
and money while surviving on the streets.
It is not a deaf problem nor a hearing
problem but a worldwide problem.

 

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 4, 2015 morning

 

— accidental back-pocket calls

Many people, both deaf and hearing, put their
mobile devices in their back pockets. This creates
problems for many 911 centers because of many
accidential back-pocket 911 emergency calls.
Hearing people may hear their own accidential
calls and then explain to the 911 center that
it was all an accident. Not that so with the
deaf person! These “accidents” were explained
in a newspaper story today!

 

— an almost Miss America contestant

from time to time we’ve had deaf contestants
in state pageants. We even had a deaf winner
of Miss America (1995). This time, coming
as the first runner-up in the Miss South
Carolina 2015 pageant is Greer Anna Brown.
She is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, so unlike Whitestone that was
deaf and functioned as a deaf person!

 

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2015/07/03

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015

 
— a cruel comment that made an employer angry

Barry Blackwell, not deaf, owns a bonsai garden
in Australia. He already had one deaf employee working
for him, who was only just average in talent and
skills. Another deaf person came in and asked for
a job. The owner was hesitant because of his
bad experience with his current deaf employee.
But one of the customers said:

you should be ashamed of yourself, employing people
like that; you are keeping real people out of a job

Very angry about that comment, Blackwell decided
to immediately hire the 2nd deaf person. This deaf
person became the best employee Blackwell has ever
had in his 30 years of owning that bonsai garden!
They both tease each other about their favorite
Australian football teams.

 

— a deaf pro wrestler identified in a lawsuit

Yesterday’s DeafDigest mentioned a pro wrestling
lawsuit where WWE was accused of causing a
wrestler’s deafness. WWE said the wrestler had
been deaf since birth. That wrestler has been
identified as Vito “Big Vito” LoGrasso. In a
past interview Vito was quoted as saying:

I am three-quarters deaf and I’ve been that
way my whole life. I made it, I did my thing

This is the evidence that WWE plans to show
in the courtroom.

 

 

— an angry hearing columnist speaks out

Lee Duigon is an internet columnist, speaking
out on any issues. One such issue made him
angry – that some people want to create
a disabled baby on purpose! Does not matter
what disability it is, some parents want
to create it. He says it is trans-ableism,
and that is bad. He mentioned a created-deaf
baby as one of these disabiilites that these
newly borns do not deserve!

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 3, 2015 morning

— a big irony with a movie

There are always movies when we see hearing actors
play fake-deaf roles. But there is a twist with
a movie produced in India. In the movie
“Guddu Rangeela”, the plot involves a
hearing actress that plays a role of a
hearing woman that plays as a hearing
character that tries to play a fake-deaf role!
It is about a kidnapping, that the hearing
character, faking her deafness, finally admits
that she is not deaf!

 

— deaf man thought dead for 67 years

A sad story. Donovan Calkins was born deaf in
Australia. His parents thought he was mentally
retarded and gave him up in 1948. Institutionalized
for all of his life, he never learned to read or
write or to communicate with other deaf people.
Only just recently the Australian social services
people tracked down his real family and had
Donovan reunited with them. The family was happy,
but shocked because for all of these years they
thought he was dead! He was never mentally
retarded, just that he never had a chance to
grow and learn normally, like with other deaf
people.

 

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2015/07/02

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015

— a day of shock and disappointment for the deaf of Ontario

In Ontario, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is big.
Been around for a long time. It is just like GLAD serving
the huge Los Angeles metro area and the DCARA serving
the huge San Francisco Bay area. Across the Ontario
province, CHS has 20 satellite sites to best serve
the Deaf Community. Two years ago the CEO, a deaf person,
was fired. And just right now, the new person replacing
the fired CEO is a hearing person. The knowledge of
ASL and of Deaf Culture and of deafness of that new
CEO is Total ZERO! All the more reason for the
deaf of Ontario being so upset.

 

 

— A Super Deaf Baby

Do we have a Super Deaf Baby? A newspaper headline ran like
this:

‘Profoundly deaf’ baby can now hear and speak after ‘life-changing
CI operation’

That deaf baby is just one year old. And the newspaper
says he can now hear and speak. One-year old hearing
babies are still learning how to understand sounds
and learning how to speak. Baby babbling is not exactly
the same as speaking. So, DeafDigest asks if it is a
Super Deaf Baby, supposedly better than a hearing
baby with speech and hearing?

 

 

— a pro wrestling lawsuit

WWE, a big organization in Pro Wrestling, is facing
a lawsuit. The plaintiff, apparently a former
pro wrestler, filed the lawsuit saying he became
deaf because of a head injury while wrestling.
WWE said that this wrestler has always told
people that he has been deaf since birth!
While we have a few deaf wrestlers, DeafDigest
does not know who that deaf wrestler is.

 
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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 2, 2015 morning

 
— rare cause of death

DeafDigest editor was looking at a list of
deaths among past Gallaudetians. One acquaintance
passed away, cause of death listed as:

CI infection

Googling up the FDA web site, the impression is that
deaths by CI infection is somewhat rare.

 
— an amazing tennis player

Michael-Angelo Gomes is a young deaf-blind British man.
He has just learned how to play tennis at a club
in Walthamstow. When he wanted to take up this
sport, his support service provider told him it
was impossible. Even though he has just enough
vision to see where the ball was going, the task
would be overwhelming. Yet, he surprised everyone
by becoming a good player!

 

 

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2015/07/01

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015

 

— three Gallaudet finalists

Gallaudet presidential search committee has interviewed
8 semifinalists, and culled the list down to three
finalists. Who are they? The committee is not telling us,
citing confidentiality concerns. The committee, however,
has promised an announcement of the three finalists
next month. This being said, we need to be patient!

 

— an “oops” stopping of a deaf man

Giovan Giuseppe Nasti, a deaf man, was visiting
the Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy, with a group of
friends. Fair security people stopped them
at the entrance gate, and denied them entry.
Why? He was wearing a black and white T-shirt
with the words “No deaf – No Expo” in front.
The alarmed security thought he was a terrorist.
The T-Shirt was conveying the message that the
Fair was not accessible to the deaf! And
besides Giovan is 75 years old!

 

— arrested men not allowed to plead in court

In Kenya, a deaf man, part of a hearing group, was
arrested for assault. Taken to the court, the judge
would not allow the group to plead guilty or not
guilty. It was for one reason – the deaf man in
that group who did not understand the court
proceedings. The judge ordered an interpreter
to show up at a future date, so that all of
these men in the group could plead something!

 

 

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DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 1, 2015 morning

 
— the hero is a hearing aid

Christine Bowden, a deaf British woman, wears two hearing aids.
Just recently she was working in her garden, near the sea, and
heard screaming. The hearing people around her didn’t hear
these screams! Puzzled, she looked around and found a
capsized boat with several sailors waving and screaming
for assistance. She quickly alerted the Coast Guard; they
came and rescued them. These sailors owe a great deal of
thanks for her two hearing aids!

 

 

— six relay providers accusing FCC of not improving the services

The six relay providers, all of them which bitterly compete
against each other, joined forces to issue a joint
press release. They accused the FCC of preventing improvement
of deaf relay services. It was because FCC reduced the money
to be paid these providers for their relay services. Less
money means no chance to purchase better equipment, hire
better interpreters, etc. Will FCC change its mind?
No, because once FCC decides on something, that is it,
for better or for worse.

 

 

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