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:

http://deafdigest.com/deaf-coolidge-gold-coin/

(DeafDigest thanks Kenneth S. Rothschild for this
update)

 

 

 

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2014/07/17

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 17, 2014

 

 

– 2nd best political ad is deaf video!

The TIME Magazine picked the best political ads; coming in
2nd place is the sign language ad by a political candidate
with an interpreter. The TIME Magazine said this ad was
unusual because of no voice with captions and also because
of no political promises.

Do visit it at:
http://time.com/2977253/campaign-ads-best-2014-summer/

Just scroll down the screen until you reach the #2 video.
Who is the candidate? Not telling you; you have to visit to
find out!

 
– no more high school basketball for a deaf referee

A deaf basketball referee told DeafDigest editor he has
stopped refereeing high school basketball games. He will
referee only recreational league basketball. Most referees
want to move up the ranks, but not that deaf referee. Why?
He said he is tired of trying to communicate with the
hearing people. Do keep in mind interpreters do not run
with the deaf referees on the basketball floor!

 
– a Comcast horror story with a deaf customer

Everyone hates Comcast. Their customer service department
hassles with customers that want to cancel the service.
A deaf man did not want cable TV that came with the Comcast
package. He only wanted the internet service. He contacted
Comcast through video relay, wanting to cancel cable TV
only. A terrible hassle took place and the deaf person
gave up and is stuck with the unwanted cable TV service.
He was told he could not cancel TV but keep internet.
This is not true, but the deaf person is stuck with the
higher Comcast monthly bills.

 

 

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2014/07/16

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 16, 2014

 

 
– Harlem Globetrotters’ everyday deaf opponent

It was announced yesterday in the newspaper sports pages
that Red Klotz, not deaf, passed away. He owned several
basketball teams that played every day against the Harlem
Globetrotters, having lost to them 14,000 times! But it
was for entertainment, to play dumb so that the fans
can laugh. One of Klotz’s earliest players was a deaf
player – Bill Schyman. He toured USA and the world with
Klotz’s team and the Globetrotters for two years during
the 1950s. Schyman later coached basketball at Gallaudet.

 

 
– a crazy fad in the British Deaf Community

Fads come and go. The latest fad is pouring water on
own heads. It started by the hearing people in the
United Kingdom, but has lately been copied by the
deaf. They would pour water on themselves, and then
posting these pictures and videos in the deaf community
social media. It will last maybe a few weeks until
they get tired of doing the same thing every day.
Will we see this fad in the American deaf community?

 

 

 

– Historians love this deaf person

Martin Parry, who is deaf, lives in Swindon,
United Kingdom. It is a city of 200,000 people
about 80 miles from London. He has been saving
old movies of the past days of Swindon, from
1930 through 1960. Hearing viewers are fascinated
by watching the different way of life (cars,
clothes, stores, street traffic, and famous
landmarks that have disappeared). He spends a
lot of time with this hobby.

 

 

 

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2014/07/15

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 15, 2014

 

– the Archie comic book

it was announced yesterday that the Archie comic
book will close. Archie, the famous character, has
died. This comic book started in 1939. Over the
years, have we seen a deaf character? Yes! An
early 1972 Archie edition ran a story “The Sound
of Silence” about Stella, a deaf kid. Archie
“teaches” the deaf girl how to read lips! Nothing
about ASL in the story. The only mention of a
deaf organization is “National Children’s Fund for
the Deaf.” Disappointing? Yes, but it was during
the seventies when sign language was not yet popular!

 
– no interpreter for an elected deaf member of city council

Montesano, Washington is a small town of about 4,000
people, at a long distance away from either Seattle or
Vancouver. Marisa Salzer, who is deaf, is a member of
the city council. She has repeatedly asked for an
interpreter for council meetings. The city always
turned her down. Having no choice, she filed a formal
complaint with the state Human Rights Commission. The
city woke up but said they “never” denied her an
interpreter. Is the city lying? Yes.

 
– a construction firm that hires the deaf

Do we have many deaf people working on construction
jobs? Over the years, just a few. Have we read of
a construction company that wants to hire the deaf?
Not in USA, but in England! There was a story today
of the Nutshell Construction in Sompting, England, a
town of some 8,500 people that have been hiring the
deaf for construction jobs. Too bad, it is not in USA.

 

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2014/07/14

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 14, 2014

 

 

– wrong publicity about Derrick Coleman

The Seattle Seahawks web site said that their deaf
player Derrick Coleman is getting wrong publicity.
The Seahawks said that no one says anything about
him being a good player but that everyone writes
all about his deafness. He would not be with the
Seahawks if he was not a good player!

 

 

– a successful deaf businesswoman

Janice Fucci, Virginia Beach, VA, is a successful deaf
businesswoman. Only this past January she opened her
own Janice’s Brow Bar business, a beauty salon. Already
she has 500 clients. She didn’t start out that way,
being employed as an accountant in a family restaurant.
Anxious to make it big on her own, she attended classes
on becoming a aesthetology. She worked for someone else
for few years before deciding to go into business for
herself.

 

 
– a beer trip to Europe

Ken Fisher, who is deaf, brews his own beers under the
name – Grateful Deaf Brewing. He has been brewing for
a long time. He is making another trip to Europe to
brew his own beers at a number of European breweries.
One of his best beers is the Zythos Black IPA, which
has won some awards.

 

 
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2014/07/11

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 11, 2014

 

 

– a Coda remembers Matt Hamill

What many people do not know is that just-retired deaf
Ultimate Fighter Matt Hamill was a freshman member of the
Purdue University wrestling team. That was before he
transferred to NTID and became a wrestling champion.
At that time Purdue had a Coda member of the baseball
team. The wrestling coach asked the Coda baseball player
to serve as Matt’s ASL interpreter. It was a big joke!
Matt knew no ASL at that time! Now we see Matt as a
polished, role model spokesperson, fluent in ASL,
making numerous public appearances at Deaf Events.
Yes, Matt has grown so much over these years.

 

 
– a Deaf World Pageant with a strange name

Today a newspaper carried a story of a deaf participant
in a Deaf Pageant coming up next week in Prague, Czech
Republic. This story said the name of the Deaf Pageant
is Miss World Deaf and Dumb Pageant. Sigh!

 

 

– worst Deaf Ad

We are seeing more and more ads that involve the deaf
as models or as actors. What is the Worst Deaf Ad?
According to an advertising industry writer, the
worst ad was the Apple ad that used a deaf woman
using iPad tablet and traveling on a “musical
adventure” with these sounds. The writer said the
ad was not realistic and is not what deaf people
usually do with their iPads!

 

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2014/07/10

DeafDigest Mid-Week edition, July 10, 2014

 

 
– there is no “Registry of Interpreters” in one nation

What happens if there is no “Registry of Interpreters”
(RID) in a country? The country without such an organization
is Namibia in Africa. The Namibian National Association
of the Deaf (just like our own NAD) is complaining that
the quality of interpreters is – lousy! And even worse,
no asks the national organization for input and feedback
on the interpreters. When we stop and think about it,
we are lucky that we have RID.

 
– Voice 911 sometimes has deaf problems

A spokesperson at a 911 center said that when there are
domestic situations involving the deaf, then these voice
911 calls sometimes do not work very well. For some
reason when hearing family members makes these 911 calls,
the dispatchers are not able to get the full information
they need to be able to respond effectively. Something
to do with language barriers between family members!

 

 

– Deaf involved in a pro-separation nation near Russia

In Belarus, there are people that do not like Ukraine
and like Russia. Again, in Belarus there are those that
like Ukraine and hate Russia. In a way the deaf are
involved! While we do not know if any of them are
fighters on the battlefield, there is a group in
Belarus. They have been sneaking around in small
towns in Belarus, giving out tiny Russian flags
to people.

 
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