2016/09/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 23, 2016

 
— Deaf Chef in the nation’s restaurant hotbed

According to Andrew Zimmern, the famous food host
with Bizarre Foods, the Twin Cities area is
a hot area to try new and different meals. And
we do have a deaf chef in the Twin Cities area
(Minneapolis/St Paul). It is Kendall Kail
who operates his own Ward 6 retaurant
in St. Paul. He worked as chef at different
restaurants for years until he landed his
job at the Ward 6 restaurant. See the picture at:

http://deafdigest.com/communicating-in-the-kitchen/

 

— Uber again

Where do the Deaf Community stand with Uber? This
company says they want to hire more deaf drivers.
Yet, it is confusing to follow Uber.

1. Uber encouraging more deaf drivers to sign up
2. Uber pushing for self-driving cars
3. Quebec tells Uber they cannot use deaf drivers

$. And today, Uber has announced a partnership with
Canadian Hearing Society to hire more deaf drivers
across Canada.

What is next with Uber? Good news or bad news?

 

— Comcast joins a Deaf Club

Comcast joining a Deaf Club? Well, it was just
learned that the Comcast CEO has a deaf daughter.
As a result, the CEO has given $25 million
to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
That hospital works with CI children.

Let us look at past “members” of the Deaf Club:

1. Past CEO of a national restaurant chain.
His son is deaf, and he was supportive of
men’s basketball at Gallaudet, as the son
played this sport. When he graduated,
the CEO no longer supported Gallaudet.

2. Past officer of a big Washington, DC
supermarket chain. He has donated a lot
of money to local deaf clubs and deaf
agencies. Not any more, since the father
retired and the son grew up.

3. Big movie star. His son was deaf. He
had nothing to do with the son, but the
wife helped establish an oral school
for the deaf.

So, everytime we see a CEO or a VIP
with a deaf child, it is always interesting
to see what they would do to help (or not)
the deaf!

 

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

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

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/22

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 22, 2016

— Quebec says no to deaf Uber drivers

Right now, Quebec has about 40 deaf Uber drivers.
Uber reached agreement with the province to require
all Uber drivers to get taxi licenses. The province
does not allow the deaf to get these licenses.
Either these deaf Uber drivers will lose their jobs
or there is some kind of compromise that would allow
the deaf to continue driving Uber cars? A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.com/quebec-deaf-uber-drivers/

 

 

— the deaf and the violence in voting

Deaf voters are worried. They want to vote
but are afraid of possible violence at
polling places! Violence between supporters
of Clinton and supporters of Trump? No!
It is happening in Ghana, where pressure
to vote for favorite candidates may lead
to violence. The Ghana National Association
of the Deaf has made a public appeal to
leave deaf voters alone, and to let them
vote in peace.

 

— two-year paternity leave

In India, there is a new policy for government
employees, allowing them a paternity leave
for two years. This is for parents of
deaf (and disabled) children that need
extra attention at home. Sorry, ain’t
happening in USA!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— Gestures that some hearing people don’t understand
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

2016/09/21

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 21, 2016

 

— Hearing developer kicks out a deaf business

Just only few months ago, a Deaf Cafe opened up
for business in Cape Town, South Africa.
Everyone was thrilled about a group of deaf
people operating their own business. The
joy is shortlived. The building where the
Deaf Cafe is located has been sold. And
the new developer plans to demolish the
building at the end of this year. He wants
to replace it with a modern new building.
In the meantime, the deaf group is looking
around for a new site – not that easy. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-cafe-to-be-demolished/

 

— Deaf EMT to the rescue of a deaf accident victim

It was mentioned a short time ago that Nechama Lobel,
who is deaf, has become Israel’s first deaf EMT.
A deaf woman was hurt in a bicycle accident.
The regular EMT crew had a hard time communicating
with her, so asked the deaf EMT to come over
to help. She came over and calmed down the injured
woman, while explaining to the crew parts of
her body that was hurting her.

 

— the deaf and the VR

Some VR agencies do a great job. But many don’t –
for many reasons – lack of counselors, politics,
high turnover, poor job placement rates, and
poorly spent funds. There are federal laws
that entitle the deaf to VR services, but
these laws are not followed in some states.
Take Maryland as an example; the waiting list
is 18 months! This is the reason why some
deaf students move to states that provide
better VR services. This is a scandal that
not too many people know about.

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— dog, fooling his deaf master
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 20, 2016

— a dumb criminal

There are always jokes about criminals that
are dumb. This criminal is not deaf but
pretended to be deaf. He was in the courtroom
in Zimbabwe on charges of robbery. He pretended
to be deaf, hoping to win the judge’s
sympathy. Instead, the judge asked for an
interpreter for him! When none could be found,
he was told to stay in jail for two days,
to allow the court to find an interpreter.
Stuck, he suddenly said he admitted he faked
deafness. The angry judge gave him more
prison time. A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/a-dumb-criminal/

 

— new slogan by World Federation of the Deaf

The World Federation of the Deaf, affiliated with the
United Nations, has come up with a new slogan.
It is:

With Sign Language, I am Equal

 

— first deaf person to do a presidential ad

Nyle DiMarco has beoome the first deaf person
to do a televised presidential endorsement
ad. There have been some captioned presidential
endorsements, but not a real live sign language
deaf person. The candidate he has endorsed is
Hillary Clinton. Just don’t be surprised if
Trump comes up with a deaf endorser! Presidential
candidates tend to copycat each other.

 

 

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

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

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 19, 2016

— more than 150 pieces of stuff in DeafHouse

DeafHouse or DeafSpace? What is the difference?
Same thing! Anyway, people that work on
DeafHouse/DeafSpace just said there are more
than 150 different pieces of stuff. Examples
are Deaf Mirrors, Deaf Walls, Deaf Staircases,
Deaf Lights, etc and etc. Amazing and
interesting! A picture is at:

http://deafdigest.net/stuff-in-deafhouse-deafspace/

 

— if deaf can’t, hearing also can’t

University of California has  courses on
web for students that want to take on-line
classes. It is not deaf-friendly. As a
result, Department of Justice told the
university that if the web continues
to be anti-deaf, it must be shut down!
The university is not happy about it.

 

— Hortons loves deaf

Tim Hortons is a popular coffee/donut chain in
Canada (same as Dunkin Donuts in USA). Many
Canadians grab Hortons coffee and Hortons
donuts on way to work. It is probably the
most deaf-friendly place to work in Canada –
for a big reason. Mark Wafer, who is deaf,
owns seven Tim Hortons outlets in Canada.
Does he hire the deaf? Over 17 percent
of his employees in these 7 chain outlets
are either deaf or disabled. Customers that
require coffee and donuts don’t care if they
are deaf as long as the coffee is good and
donuts are also good!

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— hung up six times
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/18/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

2016/09/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 16, 2016

— Uber’s deaf drivers

Does Uber have 6,000 deaf drivers? This is what a
magazine story said. Yet, DeafDigest is worried
about Uber’s self-driving cars. Would it cause
deaf drivers to lose jobs? Anyway, a picture is
at:

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

 

— a theater gives up because of no deaf actor

DeafDigest mentioned that a theatrical group in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wanted to stage “Tribes”
play. Unable to find a volunteer deaf actor,
the theatrical group found a willing know-no-ASL
hearing actor. The Iowa Deaf Community protested,
and as a result, the play is being canceled –
unless a deaf actor can be found. Is this good
news or bad news? Good news is that hearing
producers know they can’t get away by using
hearing actors for deaf roles. The bad news
is that we just don’t have any willing
deaf actors around!

 

— World Federation of the Deaf had a big role

We have the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD),
which is sort of like our own United Nations.
The WFD played a big role in one story. The
Koreas (South and North) both hate each other.
A small group of deaf North Koreans attended
the WFD conference and met up with the deaf
South Koreans. What happened? Just like deaf
people of different cultures, they got along
just fine, spending time chatting with each
other. It would have never happened “back
home” in either Korean nation!

 

 

 

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

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

09/11/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 15, 2016

— surprise captioning problem

Jeffrey Liebman, who is deaf, was angry when he
requested captioning device at a Montreal movie
theater to watch the “Star Trek Into Darkness”
movie. Yet the theater would not give him
the device even though the movie was captioned.
They said it was not fair because the film
was captioned in English, but not in French.
They wanted to be fair to English-language
deaf and French-language deaf. It happened
in 2013 and a complaint was filed with the
Quebec Human Rights Commission. Just
this week the Commission said they would
not help him argue the case with the
Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. A picture
is at:

http://deafdigest.net/deaf-man-refused-captioning-device/

 

— court says no to video

In Toronto, a deaf British woman rented a car
and got into an accident with a hearing driver,
that also rented a car. It happened in 2012.
The deaf driver sued the hearing driver and the
car rental company. Four years later, a big
arrgument is continuing. Whose fault was the
accident – the deaf or the hearing? The deaf
woman from London wanted more answers from
the hearing driver through video (London-Toronto).
The hearing driver refused the video and
wanted in-person responses. The judge
said videos not permitted. At this point,
no one knows what to do next.

 

— a new way with TV commercials

We hate TV commercials. Some commercials
are captioned. Some are not. But what about
commercials fully in sign language? Never
saw one in USA, but it is coming up in
Great Britain. On the TV program “The
Last Leg” one commercial break will
feature a deaf actor using British
Sign Language for all of these ads
during that time. Which commercial
break would that be? Deaf British
viewers would be forced to wait
through all commercial breaks until
the one comes up that is 100 percent
British Sign Language!

 

 

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

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

09/11/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 14, 2016

— posters from an angry deaf activist

Steven Heard, is a deaf New Zealander. He gets angry
when dog walkers, in a park near his home, do not
clean up dog messes. As a volunteer, he picks up
about 50 dog bags per day! Fed up, he put up
signs. As a result, hearing neighbors now hate
him and have threatened him and have called
the cops on him. Do see the signs at:

http://deafdigest.com/dog-clean-up-signs/

 

— new captioning technology fails movie theater owner

New captioning equipment was delivered to a Toronto movie
house to show captions on three independent films. The
problem was that new technlogy was so confusing that the
projector operator did not know how to use it! As a
result – no captions, thus angering a group of
deaf people that arrived at the theater.

 

— important comments by a police officer

At a police training workshop in Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Police Sgt. Lachlan Chronister made important
points – cops must understand deaf facial expressions
and hand gestures; cops MUST not use flashlights
at deaf persons’ faces, preventing lipreading;
a shoulder tap does not mean deaf person wants
to fight; cops must understand deaf culture,
deaf communication and deaf language. Officer
Chronister knew nothing about the deaf but
learned very fast, and he teaches at workshops.

 

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

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

09/11/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

2016/09/13

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 13, 2016

— lucky deaf poker player

A deaf man was playing poker with hearing players
at a casino. He was hot with his cards and
won big money. He left the table with his
winnings. There was an announcement inviting
him to spin the Big Wheel, which would give
him $400 for this task. He didn’t know about
it and was going to leave the casino. One
of the players at the table ran grabbed
him and told him to go to the Big Wheel!
If no one told him, he would not be
getting that extra money! A picture
is at:

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

 

— deaf passengers not a problem for most airlines

The airline industry did a survey regarding
special airline assistance services for
senior citizens, the deaf and the disabled.
It was discovered that deaf passengers have
not been a problem. The problem is with hearing
people who are either disabled or senior
citizens! This makes Deaf People look good
with the airline people.

 

— long time deaf actor fakes being hearing

Tim Barlow is a well known British character
actor, with many years of acting in movies,
plays and TV. He was deaf, but but with
“hearing” speech, so that no one knew
of his hearing loss. How did he succeed
in faking? Lip-reading; reading body
language of other actors, playing
games with other actors, producers and
directors, etc. It all stopped when he
got his CI few years ago!

 

 

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

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

09/11/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/

 

 

 

2016/09/12

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, September 12, 2016

 
— Deaf Uber Oops

A deaf Uber driver piked up a hearing passenger
in Dallas, Texas. The passenger placed his bags
in the car trunk. After getting off at the
destination, the deaf Uber driver quickly drove
off, just as when the hearing passenger was
going to the trunk to pick up his bags.
There was no way for the hearing passenger
to quickly page the deaf driver. It took
three days for the hearing passenger to get
his bags back! Whose fault is it? Uber’s
fault because of the company policy that
lost stuff in the cars are not their
responsibility! Anyway Uber was able to
track down the deaf driver to return
the baggage and the hearing passenger’s
ride fee was totally refunded. A
picture is at:

http://deafdigest.com/uber-and-deaf-oops/

 

— Amazon captions all, refuses speech-to-text

Many people hate Amazon because it is too big.
Yet, Twitch.tv, which is part of Amazon,
said it will caption all of its streams,
not using speech-to-text but using professional
captioners. And Twitch said it will allow
other broadcasters to use twitch’s captions.
One less no-captioning lawsuit for us to
worry about!

 

— Sign Language classes “for life”

Sign language students attending classes
“for life”? Well, in Shiga, Japan,
police officer started attending
classes in 2001. Fifteen years later
in 2016, these same police officers
are still attending classes! Do
compare this with many American police
officers attending classes for a short
time, hoping they will remember signs
when they arrest a deaf person 15
years later!

 

 

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

Barry’s collections of past articles (with today’s update)
— deaf real state agents, network
http://deafdigest.com/collections/barrys-collections/

09/11/16 Blue and Gold editions at:
http://deafdigest.com/newsletters/