2016/05/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 26, 2016

— deaf group going viral on social media

from time to time we see deaf sign-sing performers at
athletic events, but after the event, everything
is pretty much forgotten. Not that so with The
Phoenix Deaf Women Organization, consisting of
Jessica Mikolay Madsen, Melissa Yingst Huber,
Belinda Carroll and Dyan Sue Kovacs. The group’s
sign-singing before the start of the Phoenix Mercury
women’s basketball game went viral. This group
is hoping for an invitation to a repeat
performance. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/sign-singing-before-basketball-game/

 

— Nyle’s 4th trick in his bag of tricks

What was Nyle’s fourth trick in his bag of
tricks (no music, blindfold, changed music)?
The fourth trick was no trick – just dancing
straightforward, possibly disappointing
the audience that expected a 4th trick!

 

— a state bill that respects the deaf

Michigan state Rep. Martin Howrylak was
successful in passing a bill that disallows
such words like – deaf and dumb, deaf-mute,
hearing-impaired from language in state
book of laws. These words are being
replaced with – deaf, hard of hearing
and deafness. He said he read through the
state book of laws and found six of these
bad words. All it needs right now is for
Gov. Rick Snyder to sign that bill into law.

 

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf World War I volunteers
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

05/22/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 25, 2016

— claims to be first deaf person

Japanese deaf mountain climber Satoshi Tamura,
at the age of 50, said he has become the first
deaf person to reach the top of Mount Everest.
He said he already climbed countless mountains
in Japan, and Mont Blanc, Island Peak and
Cho Oyu, all of them towering up in the sky.
Did he actually climb Mount Everest or is he
lying? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/mountain-junk/

 

— next thing for Nyle

What is next for Nyle? A big movie contract
with him in a starring role – and it will lead
to an Oscar win? Is DeafDigest joking? Never
say never. He already won the Top Model and
now Top Dancer awards, so the Oscar could be next!

 

— change of interpreters

Nyle had a change of interpreters between his
TV dances. What is going on? Details seem
to be murky. One story said that Nyle’s
intepreter had an accident and was sent
to a hospital. Another story said it was
an incident that prevented the interpreter
from showing up. At any rate, deaf people
normally do not like to change interpreters
especially if they’re comfortable with their
primary interpreter.

 

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf-owned cable TV company
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

05/22/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/24

— keep your voice down if arguing

A deaf man was arrested for disorderly conduct
in Michigan. He was arguing with a hearing woman
at a public park. Deaf people tend to talk loud
only because they can’t hear their own voices,
and so, this man was arguing loudly, disturbing
people at the park. Cops came over and arrested
him when he refused to calm down. So, it could
happen to any of us – if we are angry, just try
to keep voice down or not use voice at all!
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/loud-voice-arguing/

 

— another surprise

DeafDigest, a while ago, mentioned Nyle’s
Bag of Tricks – dancing without music;
dancing blindfolded. He came up with a
third trick – asking a band for permission
to use their music – The Sound Of Silence.
The band agreed; and last night’s dance
won the audience. Will he come up with
a fourth trick in his Bag of Tricks tonite?

 

— a scary public speaker

A deaf man, in Great Britain, gave a public
motivational speech, saying that trading in
Forex made him a success. He won over the
audience with this speech. Scary? Well,
Forex was pushed by a deaf man about eight
years ago, costing nearly 125 deaf investors
a total of 4 million dollars. The U.S. Commodity
Futures Trading Commission shut him down and
froze his assets. Do we have a way of knowing
if the British deaf man is honest or if it
just another scam? Forex is trading in
curriencies (dollars, Euros, pounds, etc)

 

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf schools military training
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

05/22/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 23, 2016

— deaf Uber driver overcomes problems

Paul Dimiti, Stamford, CT, has been a driver with
Uber for over a year. He successfully overcame
his struggles as a rookie driver last year. His
first Uber client was so angry about being “stuck”
with a deaf driver that he slammed the door loudly
after arriving at the destination! Dimitri has
since then learned to explain, rather than to
surprise, the customers about his deafness and
on how to communicate. He also overcame bad
customer satisfaction ratings to become a
top-notch driver. So far he picked up 3,000
fares, one of them a blind customer and another
customer that wanted a ride to Pennsylvania.
It is not his primary job, as he works at the
New York School for the Deaf in White Plains.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-uber-driver-with-his-car/

 

— immature student interpreter scolded by peers

An interpreting program student went out shopping
with a friend. She arrived just before the store
closed up for the night and was asked by the clerk
to please leave. She refused and played “deaf”
pretending not to understand what the clerk was
saying. Upon arriving at the college dorm, she
bragged to her deaf friends that she played
“deaf” and expected all of them to laugh with her.
She was shocked to find her deaf friends
scolding her for making the deaf people look bad!

 

 

— swallowing a hearing aid

All pediatricians share stories of children
swallowing stuff that is not food. A popular
tale is a hearing aid being swallowed. Always
wondering who swallowed the hearing aid. Was
it a deaf kid swallowing his hearing aid?
Was it a hearing kid swallowing his sibling’s
hearing aid? Or even was it a kid swallowing
parent’s hearing aid?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— TV, longest continuing deaf TV host
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

05/22/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 20, 2016

 

— a very patient hearing customer

It was mentioned a while ago about a deaf cashier
at Whataburger in Denton, Texas, causing long
lines because of his deafness. It was just learned
that the deaf cashier did not lipread his customers’
orders – but had these customers write down on paper
their orders. This was the reason for the long line
of hungry customers. It also said that, hard to believe,
these hungry customers did not mind writing things down.
Will their patience last? See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/hungry-customer-with-deaf-cashier/

 

 

— system cannot change to captions on one TV

A deaf person went to a restaurant. After ordering food
from the menu, he asked the waitress to have the TV
captions turned on. The waitress then asked the bartender
to turn on the captions. The bartender said:

All TV sets are hooked up to one system and we cannot
caption just one TV only

Is the bartender telling the truth? Or is he just
ignorant on how the captioning system works? At many
other bars, there are captions on some TV sets and
no captions on other TV sets. Yet the bartender said
it cannot be done?

 

 

— easier start-ups for the deaf

A deaf businesswoman that promotes ASL products
has used the Title III of the JOBS Act to get
it going. Exactly what is Title III of the JOBS Act?
It is Crowdfunding that helps raise money through
internet contacts, and that it can be used to
buy and sell securities. Complicated? Yes
and no – and if you are thinking of your business
getting started this way, best is to get expert
advice first.

 

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf delegate in Maryland
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
05/15/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 19, 2016

— deaf mother in a TV commercial

BBDO Guerrero is the #1 advertising agency in
the Philippines. This media company featured
a deaf mother with her newly-born hearing baby.
The purpose was to tell the public that mother
touching the baby very gently is an expression
of love. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-mother-showing-love-for-hearing-baby/

 

— something that landlords may not know

In Sydney, a big Australian city, landlords,
renting apartments to deaf tenants, are
required to install deaf devices. A newspaper
pointed out that many landlords were not
aware of this law!

 

— doing something illegal

Deaf people in New Zealand are frustrated;
many TV programs do not have captions. The
government does not want to spend money
on captions. They have two choices – turn
off the TV and do something else – or –
to do something illegal. Some of them,
with knowledge of technology, are able
to pirate captioned TV programs from
other English-speaking nations (USA,
Canada, Australia, Great Britain, etc)!
Illegal? Yes, but no one has been
caught and sent to jail yet.

 

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Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf superintendent, country club golf course greens
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
05/15/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 18, 2016

— possible Trump connection with the deaf

Elena LaQuatra, a young deaf woman, is Miss Pennsylvania.
She will be competing in the Miss USA pageant on
June 5th in Las Vegas. If she wins, she will represent
USA at the Miss Universe pageant. Trump? He owns
the Miss Universe pageant! Impossible for deaf woman
to win a Pageant? It is possible – look at Heather
Whitestone (Miss America, which is separate from
Miss USA). A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/trump-and-the-pageant/

 

— more tricks in a bag of tricks

Nyle DiMarco has a bag of tricks that surprises
people. He danced without music; he danced
blindfolded. What is next? Is he going to
dance upside down, hands on floor, feet up
in the air? And now this – he just said he
has no dancing experience! See what happens
next week.

 

— long line at fast food restaurant

People that enter fast food restaurants hate
these long lines. Hungry people are often
impatient. The line at the Denton Whataburger
(in Texas) is long, same as others – but
there is a reason. The cashier, taking
these orders, is Taylor Pope. He is deaf and
relies on lipreading to take customers’ orders!
Hard to believe but the customers, instead of
getting angry, have been very patient! The
restaurant manager is aware of it, but has
been very supportive of the deaf cashier. Hope
this patience will continue for a long time.

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— big comic book mystery
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
05/15/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 17, 2016

— deaf women not allowed in recreational park

Leanne Stead and her deaf friend were not allowed
to use the facilities at a Go Ape Adventure Park
in Great Britain. The reason was their deafness!
The park said that deafness is a physical disability,
the same as with the blind, wheelchair and amputees.
Very angry, she posted on the company facebook
about this incident. The posting went viral,
forcing the company to apologize and to send
her a full refund. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-not-allowed-in-the-park/

 

— school tells deaf girl to go home

A school in Canada, located way up north in the Hudson
Bay, told a deaf girl to go home in the afternoons.
Reason was no interpreter around. Her mother is
very angry about it.

 

— hot issue in Missouri

A deaf man was arrested in Missouri, accused of
drunk driving. An interpreter came over to help
with the communications – but this interpreter
had no certificate. This interpreter thought
the deaf man refused a breath test. The
deaf man said he never refused it and said
the interpreter didn’t understand him.
So, the court is not sure whether to revoke
his driver’s license or to throw out the case
on basis of interpreter’s incompetence?

 

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Ice Cream vendor, deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
05/15/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2016/05/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 16, 2016

— what to do if no interpreter shows up

What happens if a hospital calls for an interpreter,
but the patient must be operated on ASAP, and if
the doctor waits, it may be too late? It happened
to a deaf woman, that needed an interpreter during
child birth, but the operation must proceed or
the baby would die. At the risk of a lawsuit,
the doctor went on with the operation. The baby
was saved and the mother was happy. A nurse
saw it all, and came up with flash cards designed
by his wife. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/emergency-flash-cards/

 

— Wendy’s becoming deaf-friendly

Wendy’s is angry with the minimum wage law. As a result,
this hamburger chain will lay off human workers, and
replace it with self-service kiosks in their restaurants.
Does this make easier for deaf patrons to order their
food instead of hassling with the human workers?
We shall see.

 

– selling carpets

Two deaf women make carpets that are being sold to customers
in Japan and Asia. This is interesting because these
women – Saba and Sanaa (last names not known) live in
a Syrian refugee camp in Turkey. A private agency has
been helping these women with these sales. At this
point it is not known if they are in business for
themselves or if the private agency is pocketing
the profits?

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

 

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf comic book
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 
05/15/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/05/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, May 13, 2016

— a nightmare for deaf trying to lipread in one nation

In one nation, deaf people have very serious problems
trying to lipread. It has nothing to do with
cigarettes in mouth or heavy mustaches or people
speaking through their teeth, people speaking
through their locked lips, etc. Why is it a
nightmare?

Take a look at the picture at:
http://deafdigest.com/real-lipreading-nightmare/

 

— CSUN makes a very surprising claim

There was a newspaper story about CSUN. It said that
CSUN has the nation’s highest number of deaf and
hard of hearing students. Highest? Yes and no.
Yes, highest among state-supported colleges. No,
because CSUN deaf enrollment is much lower than
Gallaudet and NTID, both of which are not state-
supported colleges. Annually CSUN has about 225-250
deaf students.

 

— a question that Codas hate

When friends of Codas learn that the parents
are deaf, they are asked many questions about
the deaf and of deafness. There is one question
that a Coda hated – and explained in a video.
The question is:

can you teach me dirty signs!

 

Latest deaf jobs:
http://deafdigest.com/category/jobs/

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— popular drink invented by deaf bartender
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

05/08/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
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