2015/03/31

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 31, 2015

 

– sign language that got deaf into trouble

Some one listed the signs that got the deaf into trouble.
These signs are:

1. deaf man arrested for signing pig in front of police officers

2. a fight took place at a Florida night club when signs were
thought to be gang language

3. same thing (#2 above) in North Carolina

4. fake interpreter in South Africa embarrassed the deaf

5. a deaf woman was arrested in Washington; police thought
her signs meant she wanted to attack them

6. same thing (#5 above) in California

7. police in Japan arrested 3 deaf men for using sign language
to scam a young deaf woman out of her money

Should we stop using sign language? No!

 

 

– ignoring the young deaf in sports

There was a story of a 13-year old deaf British girl
that joined her home town youth soccer team. No one
wanted her around, so during practices and games,
everyone ignored her. No one came to her to explain
what to do during pratice sessions. She was left
standing around all by herself, confused and wondering
why no one reached out to her. This went on for five
years, until she gave up and stopped going to practices.
Very said and very cruel.

 

 

– a big gamble: moving from Australia to London

Bonny Porter, who is deaf, is a skilled chef. As an Australian,
she was a finalist in a popular TV cooking contest. Seeing that
opportunities would be better for her in London, she moved
there from Australia. She is opening a new restaurant,
serving meatballs in the Soho area of London. Why the
gamble? While British people love to go out and eat,
they are not that willing to try new and different
dishes. DeafDigest hopes she will succeed.

 

 
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2015/03/30

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 30, 2015

 
– a very shocking deaf scene

There was an event hosted by deaf children at a deaf school.
Attending that event was a government official. What made it
so shocking was that everyone saw the revolver that the
government official carried to this event (tucked inside his
belt) It took place in Maharashtra, India and the person was
Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan. While he had a permit,
people were scared. Attending that event was The police
commissioner but he did nothing. There were no incidents.

 
– email that made human resources director angry

The human resources director of a big company received a
job application email, but he was very angry about it.

This email said:

I hope the human resources person is hearing and is not deaf

The director immediately killed the email without reading the
job application. Very hard to believe.

 

 

– a comment by a famous deaf comedian

Kathy Buckley, who is deaf, but functions as a hearing
person, is one of world’s best known comedians. She
travels all over the world, making people laugh everywhere.
People are always asking her – Are you deaf? Are you hearing
impaired? Are you hard of hearing? Her answer is always
the same – I am Kathy.

 

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2015/03/27

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 27, 2015

– a deaf lawsuit involving a drum and an interpreter

A lawsuit has been filed by a deaf family of deaf
sons, accusing a local youth football league of
refusing to pay for interpreters and denying
the use of a football drum. Do deaf football
players need a drum? The Gallaudet football
team stopped using the drum in 2005, after using
it for about 35 years. Why was it dropped?
The Gallaudet quarterback told the coach he did
not need the drum, and the coach agreed!
We look at these deaf players that have
played in NFL – Bonnie Sloan, Kenny Walker
and Derrick Coleman; they never used the drum.

 

 

– a strange dog law in Michigan

Michigan has a law – that hearing people are not
allowed to walk their dogs with an orange leash
or an orange collar. The law says only the deaf
people can use the orange color with their dogs.
The Michigan legislature is thinking of removing
that law – because it is so silly!

 

 

– a deaf glove may be available

A deaf glove has been invented by Antonella Mazzoni,
who is not deaf. He is with Queen Mary University
in London, and the Deaf Glove is his project.
This glove will vibrate in the hands of deaf
cyclists and deaf joggers when cars come too
close to them. Possibly also when deaf hikers
walk too close to the train tracks and cannot hear
trains coming near them.

 

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2015/03/26

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 26, 2015

 

– a legislator mocking the deaf

John Elferink, member of the Northern Territory
Parliament (Australia), was caught on video,
mocking the deaf during a legislative session.
It is shocking because he is the territory minister
of the disability services! He waved his hands around
to pretend using the Australian Sign Language.
He was forced to apologize, but for some reason,
the territory government is keeping its hands off.

 
– deaf fighter Matt Hamill says he will get better

DeafDigest worries about deaf fighter Matt Hamill.
He is almost 39 and he has not fought since 2013,
having lost 3 of his last 4 fights. He will be
facing an opponent whose record is better. He is
fighting in the World Series of Fighting, a lower
level since UFC, the top level, kicked him out. Yet,
what does Matt have to say? He said that he will
get better and better and feels he will win his match
on March 28th. DeafDigest hopes so, but still worries.

 
– a scared hearing customer

A deaf driver of a Lyft car (like a privately owned
cab) picked up a hearing customer. This customer,
not realizing the driver was deaf, gave specific
directions because the location was hard to find.
While the deaf driver did his best to reach the
this location, the customer was not able to
explain a short cut route. After getting off the
car, he said:

I couldn’t be mad at the driver who was doing his
best. I could only be mad at myself

(Lyft and Uber are two competing private companies).
Both want deaf drivers working for them.

 

 

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2015/03/25

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 25, 2015

 
– a slowly growing role of deaf pilots

We have a good number of deaf pilots. And we have an
organization – Deaf Pilots Association, Inc. It
advocates the rights and needs of deaf pilots. One
thing about deaf pilots is interesting – that
almost all of them are recreational pilots. Many
hearing pilots fly airplanes for a living, not
that so with the deaf. Slowly this is changing
- a deaf businessman uses his plane for business
95 percent of a time. And a new deaf pilot will be
using her airplane to deliver supplies for the
family business.

 
– a comment that angered Marlee Matlin

As a young actress, Marlee Matlin won an Oscar, a
honor that made many actors jealous of her.
A comment made her very angry. Rex Reed, a well-known
movie critic said that Marlee won only because of
the “pity” vote. Well, to date, she has 56 career
acting credits and this number will be growing
as long as she continues to act. How many acting
credits does famous actress Jennifer Aniston have?
Just 55 credits, one less than Marlee!

 

– a new interpreting law that is scary

In Tennessee, a legislator has proposed a new
bill – that is scary. In cases of domestic
issues that ask for police assistance, volunteer
interpreters do not have to be certified nor
knowledgeable in ASL. While family members
would not be allowed to interpret, this bill
is more harmful than helpful. Yes, deaf agencies
are fighting this bill.

 

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2015/03/24

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 24, 2015

 

– a deaf US marshal

A past deaf magazine ran a story on a deaf man that
served as a US marshal. It is a very dangerous job in the
law enforcement field, dealing with violent criminals.
This deaf man served during the early part of 20th century
and it is not known how  he got the job. Just recently,
a hard of hearing man, wanting to be a marshal, was turned
down by the feds. He filed a lawsuit but lost his case in
the 11th Circuit Court. He said his hearing aid would help
him hear everything, but the courts said no.

 
– deaf role removed from a great 1990 movie

one of the most famous movies ever shown was “Pretty Woman”
filmed in 1990 and starring Julie Roberts and Richard Gere.
The script asked for a deaf hotel manager; the hearing aid
was supposed to be shown during the filming. The director,
at the very last minute, killed that deaf character part.

 
– Subway accessibility for the deaf

finally, a Subway accessibility for the deaf. Not the
big city subway system, but the sandwich fast food
restaurant. At the Subway in St. Joseph, Missouri, there
is a touch-screen system at the drive in. No more
of the much-hated voice speeaker system. Hopefully
all Subway drive-ins in USA will have touch-screen
systems.

 

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2015/03/23

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 23, 2015

– real reason an interpreting training program closed up

the Davis Applied Technology College, in Utah, is sort
of a junior college that offers vocational training
programs. One of the programs – the interpreting
training program closed up. Reason was low enrollement.
Strange since demand for interpreters is high and
it promises lifetime employment. There is another
reason for low enrollment – the course was very
difficult, according to a newspaper story.

 

– confession of a hearing actor

Should hearing actors play deaf roles? Garry McDonald,
a well known Australian actor/comedian said:

Playing a deaf man? This is no good. This is too hard

This shows he is honest.

 

– #2 Batman Villian

Over the years in many comic books, Batman has faced many
villians. A Batman fan has listed Top 10 Villians. #2 on
his list is deaf Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a scientist that
studies bats as part of his research. He decided to make
himself a bat, but because of his deafness, he has become
a crazy scientist, giving Batman a lot of problems.

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2015/03/20

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 20, 2015

 

– while waiting for interpreter to show up

In Cheshire, a county in Great Britain, when the police arrest
the deaf and request and interpreter, what do they do while
waiting? They show the deaf a video that has been produced
by the Cheshire Deafness Support Network. It explains in
British Sign Language what their rights are during arrests.
When the interpreter arrives, the police will then
proceed with the arrest procedures.

 

– know nothing about the noise

The New York Times ran an article about a company hiring
the deaf for the first time. These hearing employees
realize one thing – that the deaf know nothing about
the noise they make! Examples are burping, sneezing,
coughing, yawning, moaning, sighing, keyboard tapping,
screeching office chair, pencil tapping, paper
shuffling, etc. If such noises bother the hearing
in a quiet office, what are they going to do about it?
The suggestion is to be tactful in explaining to the deaf!

 
– secrets of a professional deaf dancer

Harriet Gould, who is deaf, is a professional dancer,
performing at nightclubs across Europe. How is she able
to dance so well? She said she wears stage costumes to
attract attention and to establish own beats, forcing the
musicians to adapt to her, instead of her adapting to them!
Her bag of tricks is the reason for her success on stage.

 

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2015/03/19

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 19, 2015

 
– telling the world you are deaf

Do you want to tell the world that you are deaf?
The Komae-shi municipal government, part of the Tokyo
metropolitan area, will be distributing special
vests. On the back of these vests are these
words – I am deaf – shown in reflective tape.
What this means is that deafness may become
less of an invisible disability!

 

– be careful if you sign the word “pig”

A deaf man was arrested in Cumbria, a city in
Great Britain. He was charged for being drunk
and disorderly in public. Angry, he called the
arresting officer “pig” in sign language.
But the police officer was fluent in British
Sign Language and did not appreciate being
called a pig. The court agreed with the officer
and fined the deaf man and gave him a year
probation, with a warning to behave in public.

 

– the deaf in a famous TV program

A famous TV show is The Jerry Springer Show, which
shows the worst in human behavior. Any deaf
connections? Jerry’s daughter is deaf. And he
donated $230,000, in honor of his deaf daughter
to a public school in Evanston, Illinois. And one
of the past show participants was a deaf stripper
trying to deal with a husband that has dumped her
to be with his half-sister. And the hot news
right now is that Jill Blackstone, his show
producer, has been accused of murdering her
deaf sister. This case has been dropped by the
district attorney, but the police is still
investigating.

 

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2015/03/18

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, March 18, 2015

 

– a well known school to teach future deaf truck drivers

For years the deaf have fought the US Department of
Transportation to permit deaf truckdrivers across
state lines. We are slowly seeing more new deaf truck
drivers. It was learned that a well known school has a
class to teach the deaf to drive trucks. It is the
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf (SWCID)!
Already a deaf man from India quit his job to enroll
at SWCID truck driving classes.

 
– a deaf man in the high world of finance & economics

We are always reading about the Wall Street, US Treasury,
World Bank, European Union, etc, etc, but not about
the deaf in these high financial and economic places.
Do we have one? Yes – Ken O’Neill, deaf since birth,
is an assistant statistician with the Office of the
Chief Economic Adviser in Scotland. Is he interested
in the needs of the deaf? Yes. He is trying to invent
economic and finance signs for the British Sign Language.

 

– two outstanding deaf photographers

Many deaf people love photography. We have two deaf
photographers that are outstanding. One is Michael
Pimentel, Fremont, CA, who is a sports photographer.
He has had his pictures published in the Sports
Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, New York Times, etc.
Another outstanding photographer is Tate Tullier,
Gonzales, LA. He takes pictures of weddings,
families and fashion. What do Michael and
Tate have in common? They taught themselves
photography, having never attended classes at
photography schools!

 

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