2014/07/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 31, 2014

 
– manufacturer of a defective CI wins court case

A CI manufacturer won a court case even though their
CI product was defective and had to be recalled. And
they never told the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
about this defective product. How did they win? The
Arizona federal judge said that there are no FDA
rules about defective CI’s, and so, this manufacturer
was lucky. Yet, the judge warned the manufacturer
that this lawsuit could be refiled with revised paperwork!

 
– captions valuable to a hearing company

TV captions are very important to Critical Mention.
It is a hearing company that follows media news
for its hearing clients. Much of the media news are
captioned, not voice! It is not the first time
a deaf device has helped a hearing company. In
the early eighties, a television station in
Nebraska bought 1,000 deaf TV decoders from
TDI. Why? The crop farmers in Nebraska needed the
text captions to get agriculture weather updates!
So if we say hearing people depend on deaf devices,
it is not a joke.

 

– a famous deaf entertainer with a scary name

The word Asphyxia is scary. It means choking the neck
to prevent the person from breathing. Well, there is
a famous entertainer whose name is Asphyxia. She is from
Australia and performs shows for the Grimstones, which
is a circus group that travels all over the world. And
she is deaf! She has been deaf all her life. She performs
everything – puppets, trapeze, hula hoops, etc. Why
Asphyxia? Do not know! Anyway, she is now writing a book
about her life.

 

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2014/07/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 30, 2014

 

– deaf being touched, tapped, poked, prodded at hospitals

Two hospitals in Texas are being sued by Texas Civil
Rights Project. What did they do wrong? The doctors at
these hospitals touched, tapped, poked and prodded
their deaf patients. All of these were done without
any interpreters around – leaving deaf patients upset
and confused as to why no one was around to explain
what and why the doctors were doing on their bodies.

 
– Deaf Soap Opera or Deaf Family Friendly TV show

The ABCFamily network is supposed to show only family
friendly TV programs. Yet there are accusations that
the Switched at Birth is more of a Soap Opera than
as a Family Friendly TV show. They are saying that
if it is really a soap opera then it should be moved
to these daytime soap opera channels. There were many
plots on the Switched at Birth episodes that are not
appropriate for viewers of the ABCFamily network.

 
– a deaf passenger on a bus

A bus driver, in a small British town, gave a passenger
and her two young daughters, a very hard time due to her
deafness. She bought discounted fares for her under-age
daughters, yet the driver would not accept it and forced
her to pay full fares. When the passenger told the driver
she was deaf and to please communicate slowly, the driver
laughed and put a speakerphone on her ear, claiming she
can hear the loud voices. She filed a formal complaint
with the bus company officials. The company apologized
for the incident and said they were investigating the
whole thing. The company was lucky she is not planning
legal action.

 

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2014/07/29

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 29, 2014

 
– an ugly deaf incident in San Diego

The Comic-Con convention took place in San Diego.
It is for fans of comics that play out their
fantasties. The key event is the outdoors Zombie
Walk where costumed people have fun. But they
crowded the intersection, blocking a car with
a deaf family in it. No cops were around to handle
the parade traffic. The deaf driver honked his horn;
suddenly the Zombie Walkers jumped on the car hood.
The frightened deaf family felt threatened, and
sped away, accidentally hit a woman. The police now
is trying to sort it all out. For that reason, the
daily Zombie Walks were canceled.

 
– an employer hires the deaf for a big reason

ULTRA Testing is a software company. They want to hire
the disabled (the deaf, the blind and the autistic).
Sympathy? No. They say the blind hear things better
than the non-blind. They say the autistic are often
smarter than the non-autistic. The deaf? They say
deaf see things better than the hearing!

 

– Gallaudet in a Switched at Birth TV plot!

The Switched at Birth’s Isn’t What You Think
episode on TV has a Gallaudet plot. Gallaudet
has accepted Daphne Vasquez for admission.
Her father was not very happy about it, preferring
that she enroll at Northwestern University for
its pre-med program. DeafDigest wonders if the
Switched at Birth writers do not realize that
Biology is one of Gallaudet’s strongest
departments!

 

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2014/07/28

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 28, 2014

 

– a young deaf woman gets a sweet revenge

17-year old Princess Pura is a deaf Filipino woman.
Yes, Princess is her first name. She entered a local
pageant for the first time. Nervous, she made some
mistakes on the stage, and the crowd booed her. Not
giving up, she entered the next pageant and qualified
for the final pageant – the “Queen of the Philippines.”
That she was able to enter this final pageant after
being booed for the first time has become her sweetest
revenge! The pageant people are already excited about her.

 

– Sorenson’s owners have filed bankruptcy

Some months ago, Sorenson seemed to have escaped
bankruptcy, and we thought things were looking up
for this relay provider. It was just learned that
Sorenson’s two co-owners – GTCR LLC and Madison
Dearborn, both Chicago private equity companies,
have filed bankruptcy, saying Sorenson’s heavy
debt is killing them ($1.28 billion in debt
payable February 2015). What will happen to
Sorenson? We do not know.

 
– homework to help the deaf during a convention

This week there is a convention of the National Court
Reporters Association that is taking place in
San Francisco. These conventioners are captioners
and CART operators. It may be very possible that some
of the realtime TV programs you are watching this
week have been captioned by these conventioners,
using their own captioning equipment in their hotel
rooms! Some of them work between convention workshops,
panels and social events. This is homework.

 

 

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2014/07/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 25, 2014

 

 

– probably the rarest deaf event in history!

an extremely rare deaf event took place, possibly
the first time. Two deaf sisters, both pregnant,
gave births within few hours of each other – at
the same hospital! It happened at the Union Hospital.
Interpreters? Yes, two separate groups of interpreters
were hired for this once-in-a-lifetime event. No way
would one interpreter be traveling back and forth
between both sisters’ beds and their doctors.

 

 
– yes captions and no captions

going on right now is the Commonwealth Games, which is
like “Britishlympics” involving about 70 nations related
to Great Britain – Canada, Australia, New Zealand,
Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, etc. It is a big
event that holds high interest among sports-lovers
in the Commonwealth nations. These games are being
televised. Captions for the deaf? In Scotland, the
deaf are very happy because there are captions.
In New Zealand, the deaf are very unhappy because
of no captions. Not sure why couldn’t these captions
be shared with all 70 English speaking nations instead
of just a few lucky British-speaking nations?

 

 

– many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting

many deaf people hate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).
Why? Many reasons – many deaf patients are not good
with sign language; slow internet connection; poor
picture on the screen; one can only see faces on the
screen, not full body; many hospital engineers do not
know how to fix video problems; VRI is disconnected
while waiting for doctor’s review of medical tests;
when doctor comes back, the video is turned on only
to find a new and different interpreter; many VRI
interpreters do not know medical signs; etc. What
is the best solution – real interpreter in person!

 

 
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2014/07/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 24, 2014

 
– a surprise deaf Mixed Martial Arts fighter

Adams Evans is a deaf British Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
After many years of participation in judo and in boxing,
he became a MMA fighter three years ago. Since then he has
won all of his MMA fights. He also was just offered a contract
with Fusion Fighting Championships, which is England’s biggest
MMA company. There is a big surprise about it. What is the
surprise? Adams is 42 years old, already an old man in a
young man’s sport!

 

 
– a strange comment by past Miss America Heather Whitestone

A web newspaper today made a list of strange comments by
famous people. When Heather Whitestone, a deaf woman, won
the Miss America 1995 pageant, a newspaper reporter asked
her this question:

If you could live forever, would you and why?

Her response was this:

I would not live forever, because we should not live forever,
because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live
forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not
live forever

 

 

– sign language in a comic book

The issue #19 of the Hawkeye comic book, coming soon on July 30,
is having main character Clint Barton communicate in sign language.
Because of battles for justice, Clint was so badly beaten up that
he became deaf. As a result, he had to learn and to use sign
language. Very easy to draw a comic strip with sign language?
No, says writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja. It was a big
challenge for them. Anyway do buy the comic book on July 30th.

 
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2014/07/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 23, 2014

 
– an amazing deaf photographer

Brenden Borrellini, from Brisbane, Australia, is deaf and is a
photographer. And he is amazing. Why? He is not just deaf
but is also deaf-blind! How could a deaf-blind photographer
take pictures of things he cannot see? He is completely blind,
without limited vision. He uses a specially adapted camera
that allows him to feel the buttons and instruments. And he
receives feedback of the scene through a device that converts
text to braille. This way – before he snaps the picture he
knows the composition, light, shutter openings and depth.
Does it work? People have praised the pictures he cannot
see but have taken!

 

 
– a horror interpreter story

What is a horror interpreter story? In Victoria, which is
Australia’s biggest state, a deaf woman was assaulted by
her hearing husband. The police came over, and was not
able to communicate because of her deafness. What did the
police do? They asked the deaf woman’s abusive husband to
serve as her interpreter! Yes, you read it right. The
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission
is very angry about it and is conducting an investigation.

 

 

– this year’s most popular deaf short film

What is the most popular deaf short film? It is “Silent
Melody” that is directed by Prasanth Varma. He has been
honored as the most promising film director at a recent
film convention in Atlanta. Why is that film so popular?
It already has nearly 20,000,000 web hits!

 

 
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2014/07/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 22, 2014

 
– The Ape Sign Language

Many of us have watched the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
and have noticed that the apes’ sign language was much better
than the original “Planet of Apes” movies (1968 and 2001).
New Orleans interpreter Shari Bernius spent a lot of time
teaching these “ape-actors” some signs. As a result we
were able to follow some of their signed phrases.

 

 
– Marlee Matlin and James Garner

All-time popular actor James Garner has departed us.
Has Marlee Matlin ever participated in a movie with him?
Yes. It was a 1997 movie – Dead Silence. It was about
three jail escapees holding deaf students as hostages.
Garner played the role of a FBI agent and Marlee as
the teacher of these deaf children.

 

 

 

– The most difficult deaf postal card to obtain

Over the years there have been many deaf stamps and deaf
postal cards. What is the most difficult deaf postal card
to obtain? It is the 1912 postal card from Germany.
Why? Do visit:

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2014/07/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 21, 2014

 

 

– A California sheriff receives a deaf kidnapping call

In Palmdale, California few days ago, a deaf kidnapping alert
call was sent to the sheriff’s department. Deputies went to
a house to check on it. A deaf couple and their hearing
children lived in the house and there was no kidnapping at all.
One of the children told the deputy he just got off a Skype
chat with someone from Australia. The deputies now suspect
that the Australian was responsible for the fake kidnapping
alert.

 
– kicking deaf mental health patients out of a country

The Health Services of Wales has been accused by deaf
Welsh leaders of kicking deaf mental health patients
out of the country, sending them to England. The leaders
said these deaf patients stay in England, never again
seeing their family and friends! The Health administrators
are denying this accusation.

 
– Earthlink gives a deaf customer problems

Earthlink is an internet service provider of about
1,200,000 customers. Way back in 2006, a deaf customer
wanted to cancel his account, but was ignored by
Earthlink. Each month for 8 years, he was charged
this internet fee on his credit card account. Only
recently he woke up and immediately emailed Earthlink
about it. Earthlink told him to discuss this on the
telephone. He explained he was deaf and it was much
easier to discuss this on email. Earthlink got angry
and threatened to send his account to a Collection
Agency. He then had to get help from a local consumer
service agency to force Earthlink to stop charging him
and to give him a big refund.

 
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2014/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 18, 2014

 

 

– Walgreens executive says deaf can do it

We have a few deaf forklift drivers, but many companies
won’t hire deaf people to drive forklifts. They say
deafness is a danger in crowded warehouse areas.
Wrong, says Walgreens executive Randy Lewis. He
said “we found deaf forklift drivers are twice as
safe as someone who can hear.” He understands the
needs of the deaf and the disabled because his son
is an autistic.

 

 
– missing in a hearing person’s hand bag

A newspaper ran a story of a hearing woman’s
hand bag and the stuff in it. Inside the bag were
wallet, cash, snacks, eye mask and ear plugs, sewing
kit, safety pins, hygiene tools, band aids, pocket
beverages, beauty products, nail file, mirror,
prescription pills, charger for her mobile device.
And lastly, the iPhone. Only two things were missing!
A pen and a pad! Both very important to the deaf but
very unimportant to the hearing woman!

 

 
– an update on U-S-A fingerspelled Coolidge Gold coin

DeafDigest has mentioned a couple of times in the past
about the Deaf $10.00 USA Gold Coin. The US Mint has
announced that this coin is now being made available
for public sale. Cost of this $10.00 Gold Coin?
For the Proof version, it is $865.00, and for the
Uncirculated version, it is $845.00. To know more
about it, go to:

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(DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschild for this
update)

 

 

 

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