2017/07/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 20, 2017

 

— great honor for a street artist

Street artists sell their pieces of art at tourist sites.
We do not know how many of these street artists are deaf,
but there is one at Suffolk, Virginia – Hank Pugh, who
hoped to study art at Gallaudet but struggled with
academics. Anyway he has been given recognition with
his own one-man show at the Suffolk Art Gallery.
Tourists can look at his many drawings and paintings.
One such painting is at:

http://deafdigest.com/hank-pugh-painting/

 

 

— always problems at Deaflympics

2017 Summer Deaflympics is going on right now at Turkey
and already there is a problem. Ghana is broke and cannot
afford to pay for airfare for its group of athletes.
The athletes already have visas but no airfare money.

 

— designing a sign language app

How could a sign language app be designed when there
are so many different national dialects? A developer,
not deaf, said that it requires a team effort from
sign language experts to agree on the most commonly
used signs that people of all dialects can easily
understand.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf member, small town posse
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/07/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 19, 2017

 

— hearing parents want to sign; deaf child says no!

To sign or not to sign is always controversial – often
among hearing parents of the deaf – but there is a
twist. There was a story today that the family wanted
to learn signs to communicate with their deaf child.
The twist is that the deaf child refuses to use
sign language! Said a parent:

If the only deaf person in the family doesn’t want to
sign, I don’t see a lot of benefit to spending a lot
of time with it.

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/to-sign-or-not-to-sign/

 

— an irony with the hearing

A deaf husband was with his hearing wife while
mingling with the hearing at an event. They were
communicating in sign language. Hearing people
at the event, for some reason, thought the deaf
husband was hearing – and that the hearing
wife was deaf. The hearing wife did mingle a
bit with the hearing yet they were still
confused.

 

— United Airlines flight attendant

On international flights, the United Airlines
has a flight attendant that knows sign language
and loves the chat with the deaf. A deaf couple
was on one international flight, and the fellow
attendants told that sign-language attendant
about it. The flight attendant just could not
help the deaf couple at all during the flight
even if he wanted to do so. He was assigned to
the First Class section and the deaf couple
sat in the regular section. The United Airlines
would not allow attendants to switch assignments.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— famous deaf artist for nothing
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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2017/07/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 18, 2017

— fans angry over an ugly incident

Paul Cashion, who is deaf, was a participant
on the Australian Ninja Warrior program. On one
course, his foot touched the water and he
would have been disqualified. No one told him
he was disqualified and he continued to
compete. He did not see the waving of his
step son, telling him he was out of the
contest! Fans were not too happy about it.
A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-australian-ninja/

 

— finally for a deaf person

Candice Lureman, who is deaf, wanted to be a truck driver.
She had no luck finding truck driving jobs. Employers
did not directly tell her that the deaf cannot drive
trucks but found excuses why she cannot get a job.
Finally she found a truck driving job – after
3,500 job applications! It did not happen in USA,
but in Brisbane, Australia. Many deaf people give
up after maybe 20-30 rejections, but not her.

 

— live (realtime) captioning or near-live captioning

We know what is closed captioning. We also know
what is live (realtime) captioning. But do we
know exactly what is near-live captioning?
Is it a new definition? Well, FCC describes
near-live captioning as TV programs that are
broadcast less than 24 hours after it was taped.
A perfet example are late-night talk shows.
Closed captioning, realtime captioning, near
live captioning – no matter, we want perfect
captions!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Dancing with Stars fact
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 17, 2017

— seized police cash helping the deaf

In drug arrests, police would seize cash
held by pushers. Where does the cash
go to? In the case of North Wales Police,
it becomes a grant to help an agency
serving the deaf! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-hero-and-the-cash/

 

— comparing hearing patrons

There are many all-deaf staff in small restaurants
and cafes in Asia; not that too many, if any in
USA. Why? The owner of an all-deaf restaurant
in Asia said:

Guests here are really tolerant, no matter if it takes time to communicate with deaf waiters

The owner is implying that hearing patrons
in USA is not so patient with deaf waiters!

 

— Marlee Matlin accomplishes a special honor

Marlee Matlin has accomplished a special
honor, joining the Battle of the Network Stars TV program. It features fake-TV-attorneys
versus fake-White-House-staffers. Her
special honor is that she once played
a fake-TV-attorney role and also
a fake-White House staffer role.
Not too many actors, if any, have
achieved this special accomplishment!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— anger at famous deaf person
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/16/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 14, 2017

— interesting comment by Deaf West artistic director David Kurs

We have two big deaf-run theatrical companies in USA – Deaf West
and National Theatre of the Deaf. Both companies deal with
discrimination – meaning frustrated deaf actors that lose
deaf roles to these fake-deaf actors. Deaf West artistic
director David Kurs, who is deaf, made an interesting
comment in an email interview. He said that hearing directors
are aware of skills and abilities of talented deaf actors
but just do not want to hire them for deaf-roles, preferring
fake-deaf actors. These directors feel that deaf actors
should be “happy” to have opportunities with a deaf-run
theatrical company! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-west-artistic-director/

 

— Readers’ Digest article about sign language

When deaf people sign, they don’t think grammar. It, in
fact, is thrown out of the window! Instead they rely
on facial expressions, head movements and even moving
of the eyes – as well as body language. People who
try to follow grammatical rules in sign language are
simply lost! This was one of the articles in the
Readers’ Digest.

 

— deaf kids in public schools

Let us take Colorado as a typical state. Exactly
what does mainstreaming mean? For some districts
in Colorado, all deaf students are housed in
one building, whereas in other districts,
deaf students are scattered everywhere.
Which is better? The more deaf students
the better social opportunities are for
them. But no one likes to take long
bus rides to a single deaf building in
the district!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— special travel tour for deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 13, 2017

 

— deaf contestant disqualified in a strange way

Gerard Croese, the Mr. Deaf South Africa, was
enroute to Prague, The Czech Republic to compete
in the Mr and Miss Deaf World pageant. He
was disqualified – beecause the airport lost his
baggage! All of his contest clothes were in
the lost baggage and he couldn’t compete with
regular clothes. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/lost-baggage-leads-to-disqualification/

 

— a tweet that is shocking

A criminal case took place in a low-population
state, involving a deaf person. The county
sheriff’s office posted a tweet that said:

The county sheriff’s office is looking
for someone that knows American Sign
Language and lives locally in the
county seat area to be available in the
event we need this service in the near
future. If interested contact the county
sheriff.

 

Sheriff knowing nothing about
certified interpreters and thinking
that any hearing that knows ASL can
interpret? Really very shocking!

 

— a comment by a physician with a hearing loss

The New York Times ran a story on disabled
physicians. It mentioned Dr. C. Lee Cohen,
who has a hearing loss. She said:

I’m better at communicating with older
patients who have hearing loss

 

Does she know ASL? Probably not as the
story said nothing about sign language.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Coast Guard Auxilary
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 12, 2017

 

— brain implant? Not a joke

Brain implant a joke? Well, the US military is
spending $65 million for research into brain
implants. One of the possibilites of such
a brain implant would be helping the deaf to
hear! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/the-deaf-brain/

 

— a confusing Russian story

A short Russian story today said:

Mobile operator Tele2 Russia has launched a new tariff for
users with impaired hearing. The tariff was developed in
cooperation with the Moscow branch of the Federal Association
of the Deaf and includes mobile internet and SMS bundles
for low rates.

Tariff? It is a tax on top of the cost of a product
or a service. Is it saying that the deaf Russians
pay more to use their cell phones? This makes the
story so confusing and the wording makes no sense!

 

— a concern with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) suspended
its National Interpreter Certification plans way back
nearly two years ago. Since then, no word from RID
on reinstating its certification plans. What this
means that new interpreters, and those with lapsed
certificates, are not able to get certificates.
This does not look good for us, because we do not want
to be stuck with interpreters that struggle with
signing and reading signs. DeafDigest editor has been
burned too many times by some interpreters that
really do not sign nor read signs that well!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— a comment by anti-closed captions person
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

 

7/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 11, 2017

 

— a big embarrassment in Ohio

Ohio is an important state – with major cities in
Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus. It became a state
in 1803. The state Constitution has these words –
deaf and dumb. The embarrassed state legislators
has proposed letting voters approve the changes
to the constitution. Hope the voters will make
these changes. Do keep in mind legendary
baseball player Dummy Hoy was born in Ohio.
Dummy is the wrong nickname, by the way!

A picture is at:
http://deafdigest.com/the-famous-last-picture/

 

— 25 percent of people avoid the deaf

A service agency serving the deaf conducted
a survey – and learned that approximately
25 percent of the hearing people avoid the
deaf in every which way possible! Is this
survey valid? 2,000 hearing people were
asked questions about the deaf, and 500
of them said they avoid the deaf. Is
2.000 too small or enough for a survey?

 

— a screaming 2-year old child

A 2-year old child lives with his family in a
small Kentucky town. Late at night while the
family was sleeping, this 2-year old child
started screaming. His father looked around
trying to find out why the child was screaming.
The house was on fire, and the 2-year old
child smelled the smoke. The family was saved.
This 2-year old child is deaf!

 

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— horror tales about the deaf
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

— jobs for strong and young deaf people

Younger deaf people, especially those that live
in the Washington, DC-Virginia-Maryland
areas, are needed for handyman services.
Do click on:

http://www.silentlabors.com/odd-jobs

2017/07/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 10, 2017

 

— a funny TV commercial had something unusual

We watch TV and laugh at these Progressive Insurance
commercials. The funny-looking lady has been acting
in these commercials for years. Only just recently
she did something different. She jumped around,
flashing these double-ILY signs. Yes, there are
famous people that flash these ILY signs but
only with one hand. That Progressive woman used
both hands – hence the double-ILY signs! First
time on TV? A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/progressive-tv-model/

 

— Delhi University thinks deaf people can’t talk

Delhi University, in India, probably thinks deaf
people cannot talk. We have many deaf people with
good speech, as well as deaf people with no
speech skills. Anyway, this university is
making a change:

old:
deaf and dumb

new:
hearing and speech impaired

why not just one word – deaf?

 

 

— good news from FCC

Good news from FCC. For years FCC has been
cutting the rates that deaf relay providers
been getting for their services. It has forced
many deaf relay providers to close up for good.
But the lastest FCC decision is a good one –
providing reasonable reimbursement rates
for video relay providers. Yes, exactly
what is reasonable – but at least it
is a step in the right direction.

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— long wait for nothing
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

7/09/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2017/07/07

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition – July 7, 2017

 

 

— a wish by a visually-impaired hearing manager

Wiriya Namsiripongpan, not deaf, is a visually-impaired
manager of a cafe in Bangkok, Thailand. All of his
coffee baristas are deaf, as he wanted to only hire the
deaf. He said that in the future he wants the cafe to be
run by the deaf without help from the hearing! A picture
is at:

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

 

— a deaf superintendent resigns

Ernest E. Garrett III resigned from his position
as the superintendent of Missouri School for
the Deaf. When he previously came on board he
became the school’s first deaf superintendent.
No reason was given for his resignation.

 

— sign language app at a museum

A musuem at Buckinghamshire, Great Britain
has a sign language app that helps deaf visitors
enjoy the exhibits. They just point their
smartphones at the exhibits and see the
sign language video explaining what these are
all about. Just wish this was available
at all American museums, both public and
private.

 

 

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

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

7/02/17 Blue and Gold editions at:
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