2014/04/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 18, 2014

– most important person in a major golf tournament

The Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament is coming
up this weekend in Duluth, Georgia. Major golf tournaments
require hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. Without these
volunteers these golf tournaments will have serious problems.
The #1 volunteer at this coming tournament is Ben Barnes, who
lives in the Washington, DC area. He is deaf and has been
working the tournament for 12 years. How important is Ben?
So important that the tournament director has paid for his
airfare between Washington, DC and Duluth, GA. If you watch
the tournament on TV you will not find him – because he is
busy working behind the scenes making golfers, fans and
tournament officials happy!

 

 

– best deaf people of art & culture in USA to get together

People of Culture, both deaf and hearing, dream of residency
opportunities. This is where they get together to discuss,
share and create new ideas in their artistic fields. This
coming June, our deaf people of Culture – dancer Antoine Hunter,
novelist Bex Freund, playwright Raymond Luczak, sculptor Jeremy
Quiroga and literature scholar Rachel Mazique (past Miss NAD)
will meet up during the Deaf Artists Residency Program in Red
Wing, Minnesota. A grant from The National Endowment for the
Arts has made this gathering possible.

 

 

– two most hated words among the deaf

What are the two most hated words that we, the deaf, are
stuck with all the time? It is “never mind” – this is
what hearing people, after talking your head off, realize
you are deaf, and they say “never mind”! This issue
was brought up in a Canadian newspaper, and spread like
wildfire.

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2014/04/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 17, 2014

– a real deaf champion or a fake deaf champion?

Sean Noone is deaf and is a professional wrestler in Great
Britain. He has been wrestling professionally for 8-9 years.
DeafDigest is not sure if he is a full time wrestler or a
part time wrestler because many pro wrestlers are part time.
Anyway he wrestles under the name Sean Midnight. Touroumon,
a pro wrestling entertainment company in Japan (just like
WWE in USA) invited him to participate in a big wrestling
tournament. He won the 2-day tournament. So, is it a real
wrestling championship or a fake wrestling championship?
Well, in Japan, pro wrestling is a very popular and a serious
sport! Sean, by the way, is not really that big, only weighs
210 lbs and stands only 5’11 tall.

 

 

– telecommunications tower hurting a deaf school?

A school for the deaf has a tall telecommunications tower
standing in the back of the building. The neighborhood
residents are not too happy about it and have staged a
protest rally demanding the removal of the tower. They
are saying that it is hazardous to everyone in the
school building and those in the neighborhood. What
is the name of the school and where is it? It is the
Federation School for the Deaf in Malaysia!

 

 

– filing a lawsuit because of a football-like tackle

Jesus Trevino, a deaf resident of Bakersfield, California,
was tackled from behind by a police officer. He could not
hear their commands, and the police thought he was a
burglar. He lost the key to his apartment and was hoping
to push the door open. Alarmed neighbors called the police,
saying Jesus was a burglar. The tackle broke his arm and
wrist and sent him to hospital with large medical bills.
As a result he has filed police brutality lawsuit against
the Bakersfield Police Department.

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2014/04/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 16, 2014

– a deaf person becomes president of a college

Jane K Fernandes, who is deaf, was selected to be the
next president of Guilford College in North Carolina.
Her first day on the job is July 1st. She was selected
to be Gallaudet president only to face campus unrest.
It forced the board to rescind her appointment. Why
Guilford and why not Gallaudet? It is a matter of
right fit – hearing people felt she was the right fit
for Guilford while deaf people felt she was a wrong fit
for Gallaudet. Right and wrong fits happens everywhere
with many leaders in colleges, businesses and corporations.

 

 

– hope for Deaf Stamp in 2017

Will there be a new Deaf Stamp in 2017? This is the
year the American School for the Deaf (West Hartford, CT)
(ASD) will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Deaf
Education in America. Spearheading the drive is Kenneth
S Rothschild and Albert Hlibok. They met up with a group in
West Hartford (Ed Peltier, Harvey Corson and Jeff Bravin)
to work on a proposal for the United States Postal Service’s
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to review. If all
goes well, the stamp would be shown on April 15, 2017.

 

– A big corporation helping the deaf in sports

In USA, our Deaflympics group is broke. Big American corporations
do not donate a cent to our deaf athletic groups, while they
donate millions of dollars to help the hearing athletes in the
Olympics. Well, in India, which is known for discriminating
against the deaf, the USHA International is becoming a corporate
partner of the All India Cricket Association for the Deaf.
Cricket is wildly popular in India as much as baseball is
in USA. What is USHA International? It is just like the
Procter & Gamble Co. in USA? Why not Procter & Gamble Co
help our deaf sports? They will laugh very hard at our faces!

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2014/04/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 15, 2014

– $3,000 for a free deaf puppy

A dog shelter is giving away a deaf puppy for
free, but it is not really free because the
cost is about $3,000! Free or pay? Both!
The dog shelter is in Australia, and the
deaf puppy is of the Australian blue cattle dog
breed. A deaf couple in USA wanted to adopt that
deaf puppy. The cost of transporting the deaf
puppy by airplane is $3,000! Worth it? Yes, says
the deaf couple, one of them that works at a
deaf school.

 

– a boxing club in Idaho

There is a boxing club in Pocatello, Idaho. The name
of the club is KC Boxing. This club currently has
about ten boxers that are in training on a daily
basis. The owner of the club is Casey McCreery,
a former boxer. And he is deaf. He stays in touch
with his boxers via text messages. He and a
trainer work together with their boxing stable.
Some of them have won medals at boxing events.

 

– how did Phyllis Frelich get the big Broadway role?

Phyllis Frelich was at Gallaudet during the sixties
when it was a Golden Era for deaf entertainment – Linda
Bove, Ed Waterstreet, Peter Wolf, Juliana Fjeld,
Jane Norman, Sam Edwards, John Corrado and few others.
Phyllis thought she could not get a role because of
her deafness. She met Robert Steinberg, a Broadway
scene and lightning designer. Realizing she wanted
a chance to act, he discussed this with playwright
Mark Medoff. That was how Mark came up with a play
specifically for a deaf actress. Because of Medoff,
Deaf Entertainment was never the same! Incidentally
Steinberg became Phyllis’ husband and they were
married for 46 years.

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2014/04/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 14, 2014

– a blind boyfriend communicates with a deaf girlfriend

In Kennewick, Washington, Alejandro Vazquez is
hearing and is blind. Janie Gaunt is deaf. They
have been together for over ten years. How do
they communicate? Janie, while stuck with a dead
CI, tries to lipread. And when she uses sign
language she has to get in front of Alejandro’s
face so he can see her face with his very limited
vision. Other times, they use Facebook to
communicate with each other. They do not like these
jokes about the deaf and the blind talking to each other!

 

– Antiques Roadshow and the deaf

The TV program – Antiques Roadshow – is very popular
among people that love antiques. A recent showing
had appraisers looking at antiques in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana. A woman wanted to have an appraisal of
painting of her great-great-great grandfather
that was done during the 1700′s. The appraiser
was very excited – because it was the painting of
the deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. It was valued
at $15,000. How often do we find deaf artists with
their paintings shown on the TV program?

 

– state laws and our interpreters

DeafDigest mentioned that interpreters in Arkansas
must be certified while classroom interpreters do
not need to be certified. Why? A past director of
state commission for the deaf and hard of hearing
said that state departments of education would not
allow other state agencies to certify school
interpreters. Turf wars? Possibly! And who suffers?
Our deaf children attending these mainstreamed
programs.

 

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2014/04/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 11, 2014

 
– the NFL teams that are interested in Gallaudet’s Adham Talaat

Adham Talaat had a private workout session on the Gallaudet
campus with scouts from different NFL teams watching him.
Who were these NFL teams? Washington, Tennessee, Indianapolis,
Oakland, Arizona, San Diego and Chicago. There was another
team but DeafDigest does not know who it was. NFL draft takes
place on May 8 thru May 10. If he is not drafted, then hopefully
he will be offered a free agent contract.

 

– remembering Phyllis Frelich

Great deaf actress Phyllis Frelich just departed us. Many of
us will remember her for her Tony Award winning role in
the “Children of a Lesser God” as well as for her leading
role in the made-for-TV movie “Love is Never Silent.” Yet
what was her greatest role? It was in a TV sitcom, Barney 
Miller (very popular during the eighties). She played the
role of a prostitute that was arrested and brought to the
police station. Deaf actor Peter Wolf was in that sitcom and
they both made everyone laugh with these communication
misunderstandings because of lack of an interpreter.
Only one cop could fingerspell. Needless to say, it was
Phyllis that paved the way for Marlee Matlin’s successful
career as well as for other deaf actors and actresses.

 

– hearing aid, no, but expensive engagement ring, yes

A husband and wife, both attorneys, have a deaf daughter.
Their marriage broke up. The husband turned down wife’s
request for $12,000 to purchase hearing aids for their
daughter. Yet, he spent $215,000 on an engagement ring
for his new girl friend. It made the wife so angry that
an engagement ring was more important than hearing aids
that she badmouthed his law firm, causing his law business
to go bad. As a result, the judge awarded her less money,
saying the law firm could not afford more money! The
father, however, realized his mistake and decided to buy
her these hearing aids afterwards!

 
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2014/04/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 10, 2014

– a bank transaction free for hearing, $42 charge for deaf

Mark Hooper, who is deaf, wanted to transfer money from one
banking account to another banking account. This is a routine
transaction, done for free for hearing customers. But for
Mark, the Halifax Bank (in Slough, a town in Great Britain)
charged him $42.00. The bank told the very angry Mark that
if they have to make a phone call for him to make the
transfer it is $42.00 whereas it is free for a hearing
person to make that phone call. So upset Mark was that he
brought public attention to the bank – TV news, newspapers,
media postings, etc – that the embarrassed bank backed down,
apologized to him and refunded him his $42.00

 

 

– hearing husband attorney fools deaf wife notary

The hearing attorney Jeffrey Mottern was a crook; he cheated
people out of their life savings through investment promises.
He committed suicide last month. His widow is deaf and was
a notary for her husband’s law practice. She had been
authorized to witness legal papers and documents signed by
other people as well as to sign these papers herself. Did the
husband lie to his notary wife about these papers for her
signatures without knowing the truth? The court in
Pennsylvania is trying to sort it all out.

 

 

– our deaf weather people

Many hearing people volunteer as weather spotters, informing
the National Weather Service of weather conditions in their
home areas. What about the deaf? A group of deaf people
in the Memphis area are taking classes to become weather
spotters. This is important because spotters tell the
service of hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, heavy rains
that have come up.

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2014/04/09

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 9, 2014

– a crazy interpreting law in Arkansas

For some reason there are weird interpreting issues
in Arkansas. A while back ago, the state hired
someone, with no sign language skills, as the
state vocational rehabilitation service interpreter.
After much public screaming, the hiring was cancelled.
And then the state passed strict interpreting
laws, to make sure all interpreters are certified.
This is great – except that this new strict law
does not apply to classroom interpreters!

 

 

– not allowed a visa because of a deaf daughter

An Australian couple wanted to travel overseas and
applied for a tourist visa. The wife has a deaf
daughter, who is almost 18. This deaf daughter has a job
and lives with her grandmother. The visa application
was denied – because there was no promise by the mother
to send the deaf daughter to a medical center for a
regular audiological tests! The law requires deaf
children to have audiological tests from time to time
until they are 18. The couple faces two choices – to
wait until the deaf daughter is 18 or to cancel the
trip!

 

– a Deaf Road Rage incident

Road Rages are, unfortunately, common among hearing
drivers. What about the deaf? Samir Saab, of Ottawa,
Ontario, is deaf and was driving his car. Suddenly
a city ambulance, at rate of high speed, cut off
Saab’s car. Saab was so angry about it that he
followed the ambulance and with his golf cart,
broke the window and then with his firearm,
threatened to shoot the two paramedics! Not
only he was arrested but he was not able to
get an interpreter since none were available.
He had to spend the night in jail before facing
the judge in the morning.

 

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2014/04/08

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 8, 2014

 
— most deaf-friendly pub in Scotland

“Behind the Wall” is the name of a pub in Falkirk, Scotland,
located between the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. This
pub just won Scotland’s Top Independent Pub honor. The
pub management tries to make their pub a pleasant experience
for Scots and tourists that want to enjoy themselves. How
is it deaf-friendly? This pub has hired interpreters for
the deaf! We do not find too many pubs that are deaf-friendly
except for watering holes near Gallaudet and NTID.

 
— an unusual social worker

A social worker has an important role. They help clients
deal with problems and issues – such as housing,
medical needs, family problems, employment problems, etc.
Gallaudet offers a degree in Social Work so that these
graduates can work with deaf clients. But what about a
deaf social worker with hearing clients! Impossible?
Well, Jason Maloney, a Gallaudet graduate, was a former
social worker that dealt with hearing clients -
drug addicts and alcohoholics and those with mental health
issues.

 
— a future surfing champion

Kieran Grant, a deaf teen from Jacksonville, Florida, is
one of the world’s most promising young surfers. He has been
in major surfing championship events across the world,
finishing high in these events and even winning one event.
Sometimes ESPN will show these surfing events, and if so
maybe Kieran will be in the program.

 

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2014/04/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, April 7, 2014

– the best deaf driver in the workplace

Muneeb Ahmed, a deaf British man, has a job that
we may not find any other deaf person doing it -
driving a taxi! In Derby, a British city of some
250,000 people, many taxi customers specifically
ask for him and no one else. He had two tough
obstacles to overcome before his employer -
Pride Executive Cars – hired him. He had to know
every single Derby street and every single Derby
alley. And he had to overcome the objections
of one of the company partners on hiring him.
Said the objecting partner – “he is one of our
best drivers and he has proved me totally wrong”

 

– a funny movie about two deaf characters

Versa Effect is a new short film about two
deaf individuals that go to sleep and
wake up, finding that their bodies
have been switched. This movie has been
produced by a deaf film director and have
been shown at deaf clubs. If this short
film is scheduled to be shown in your
area, do not pass it up.

 

 

– hating Bieber hurts a deaf child

Many people hate Justin Bieber so much that they
won’t place a bid on a shoe he has donated.
Ayla-Mae Hemms, a British deaf child, was scheduled
to have a CI surgery in USA but lacked the funds
for it. When Bieber heard about it, he donated one
of his shoes. Despite intense efforts to solicit
bids for the shoes, the fund raising goal fell
so far behind the target. Perhaps if Taylor Swift
donated her shoes, the fund raising target may
have been met!

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